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Our bodies, including our joints, function best when we eat whole nourishing foods, says Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS, in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Cleveland Clinics Wellness Institute. A diet that will help maintain a healthy weight and wont promote inflammation includes vegetables, beans, fruits and whole grains, but also fish, meat and dairy.
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Troubleshooting Hand Pain

Your incredible intricate hands allow you to do amazing things, from mundane jobs, such as opening jars or typing, to more refined tasks, such as woodworking or playing the piano. You may take your hands for granted, until something goes wrong. Hand pain, stiffness and deformities can occur for a variety of reasons and can complicate your life. …
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Your incredible intricate hands allow you to do amazing things, from mundane jobs, such as opening jars or typing, to more refined tasks, such as woodworking or playing the piano. You may take your hands for granted, until something goes wrong. Hand pain, stiffness and deformities can occur for a variety of reasons and can complicate your life.
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Ask The Doctors: December 2017

I have osteoporosis, and Ive been taking Fosamax for four years. Ive heard about atypical femur fractures. Should I worry about this? How will I know if I have one? Pain in my joints is making it more difficult to get around, especially getting up from a chair and in and out of the car. What can I do?
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Understanding NSAIDs

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly-used medications. Even though they are easily obtained without a prescription in the forms of ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve) and aspirin, their pain-controlling benefits come with some risks.
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In The News: December 2017

Oral Contraceptive Use May Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis Twice as Common as in the past. Glucosamine Supplements Fail to Show Benefit. Even Small Increases in Physical Activity Improve Mobility.
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Its important to understand that while back pain is a common complaint, most people do not need surgery. Back problems can stem from a variety of causes, including muscle strains, herniated disks, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and others. Nonsurgical measures, such as physical therapy, core strengthening, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and activity modification, usually relieve symptoms.
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In The News: November 2017

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine (July 2017) identified certain lifestyle factors that increase and decrease risk for hospitalization for sciatica. The long sciatic nerve, which originates in the lower spine and extends down the leg, can get compressed or irritated from different causes (such as a herniated disk), resulting in pain and numbness.
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Vaccination Against Pneumonia

You may have seen television ads for the vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 and wondered whether you should get vaccinated. These vaccines are for people who are at risk of getting infected by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia, commonly called pneumococcus.
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Rebalance to Relieve Low Back Pain

Just below the column of the spine, theres a triangular bone called the sacrum, which connects to the pelvic bones (the iliac or innominate bones) at joints called sacroiliac joints. Pain in these joints can have mechanical or inflammatory causes.
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Knee Pain? Work Out in Water

If you have arthritis in the knees and other joints in the lower body, simple movements of daily life can be painful, leading you to do less and less. But this can make matters even worse. Moving joints helps to keep them lubricated, which helps to maintain function, says aquatic expert Christine Schulte, PT, MBA, Director of Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy at Cleveland Clinic.
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Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis

There is not one specific rheumatoid arthritis diet. Nonetheless, what you eat does matter. People with rheumatoid arthritis should eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, says Cleveland Clinic dietitian Mira Ilic, MS, RD, LD. They may want to model their diet after the Mediterranean way of eating.
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