Exercise & Prevention

RA And Exercise: A Delicate Balance

Just about everyone-including hundreds of thousands of American adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)-can benefit significantly from a well-conceived and properly executed program of physical exercise. All such programs must, of course, be carefully tailored according to an individuals age, overall health, physical limitations, and other factors that will determine the advisable frequency, intensity, duration, and types of activities comprising the optimal workout agenda. …
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Zapping Chronic Tendon Pain

Patients suffering from debilitating tennis elbow, heel pain, and other chronic tendon injuries often face an unpleasant last resort when they fail drug therapy and rehab-the knife. But now, doctors at The Cleveland Clinic have developed a shocking new way to relieve their pain. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is a non-surgical procedure that replaces the scalpel with powerful acoustic waves. The exact mechanism remains unclear, but its believed that the sound waves destroy…
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Increase Mobility, Brighten Your Outlook With Yoga

Yoga is far from being just for the young and flexible. Its actually one of the best forms of exercise for people with arthritis. Yoga lengthens muscles, reducing pain and dependence on medication, and also greatly decreases stress and depression. What makes yoga unique is that it takes every joint through its full range of motion, says Suza Francina, R.Y.T., director of the Ojai Yoga Center in Ojai, Calif. Other forms of exercise dont work…
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Manipulating Back Pain

Chiropractic therapy can bring modest pain relief, but its wise to explore more traditional treatments first.
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OA And Aerobics: A New Slant

An inclined walking exercise, Ramping provides the perfect low-impact workout for arthritis sufferers.
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Chasing Pain: Its A Stretch

If you want to stay strong and flexible, resistance bands are an easy and convenient alternative to weights and machines.
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If It Sounds Too Good To Be True…

Millions continue to shell out billions for phony treatments-and arthritis patients are among the biggest victims.
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Traveling And Arthritis

How to make summer vacationing less taxing, more relaxing.
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Non-Surgery Options For Knee OA

There are a multitude of things you can do to manage your knee arthritis and, hopefully, reduce the likelihood that youll need joint replacement down the road. Most of these steps are fairly well known-from losing weight, to regular stretching and exercise, to finding the right medications to manage your pain. But what is not […]
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Easing Morning Stiffness

The key is preparing your body before you get out of bed.
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Goodbye Gout

Imagine waking up in the middle of the night with your big toe throbbing fiercely-as if someone had poked it with a hot iron. Chances are you have gout. Acute gout attacks are unmistakable, says Dr. Brian Mandell, education program director of rheumatology and immunologic disease at The Cleveland Clinic. They are excruciating episodes usually involving a joint in the lower extremities and are characterized by redness, swelling, extreme pain, and skin sensitivity. …
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