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Topical Pain Relief

When arthritis aches flare up, you may think of taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), naproxen (Aleve®) or a prescription-strength one. These drugs can be effective, but they may also have side effects. As an alternative, consider topical treatments. They come in creams and gels that you rub into your […]

Drugs for Bone Health

Bone fractures in older adults can have serious consequences. About 50% of older adults who fracture a hip never return to their prefracture level of function. About 20% of women who break a hip die within a year. For men, it’s even higher. Osteoporosis drugs have been proven to reduce risk for bone fractures. The […]

A Shot in the Hip

A variety of therapies can be used to help relieve the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis in the hip. Although not the first step in management, corticosteroid injections can be used when other therapies aren’t sufficient. “We can get out of homeostasis with our arthritic joints, and the pain is no longer getting better with […]

Update on HA Injections

Osteoarthritis in the knee is a leading cause of pain and disability. Symptoms usually start off mild and worsen over time. Pain and stiffness can make it difficult to stay active, and ultimately simple daily functioning can be challenging. There’s no cure for osteoarthritis. It’s not possible to prevent loss of cartilage or grow new cartilage. […]

Psoriatic Arthritis Update

About 30% of people who have the skin condition psoriasis also have a type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. The good news is that, unlike with osteoarthritis, there are medications that can help to stop the disease from getting worse. Early recognition is important. “The earlier we are able to diagnose and treat psoriatic arthritis, […]

Drug Management of RA

Of the many different types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is one that can be treated with medications that can actually keep the disease from getting worse. The word arthritis refers to diseases of joints. The cause of joint symptoms differs among the different types of arthritis. In the case of RA, a malfunctioning immune […]

Adults Need Vaccines Too

Anyone can get the flu. It usually lasts about a week and often requires bed rest for a few days. Some people are at high risk for developing flu-related complications, such as pneumonia. They include children, older adults and people with some chronic diseases (including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis). During the 2017-2018 flu season, close to 1 million people were hospitalized for the flu, and there were 79,400 deaths from the flu.

Vitamin K for Bone Health

Some studies, many of them conducted in Japan, found that supplementation with vitamin K1 or vitamin K2 improved bone mineral density, and a few studies showed a decreased risk of bone fractures. Some subsequent studies found that vitamin K supplementation had no effect on bone mineral density. Many of the studies conducted thus far are limited by flaws in the design or a small number of participants.

Treating Shoulder Impingement

"As you raise your arm up, the tendons or bursa can get pinched between the humerus and the collar bone (clavicle) on top of the scapula," says Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Kelly Kinsey PT. If this happens continuously over time, you can develop impingement syndrome. If it goes on for too long, the tendons can start to fray and potentially tear.

The Right Way to Shovel Snow

"For some people, shoveling snow is the first strenuous physical activity they've done in a while," he says. "Preventive measures should be taken." Everyone should be getting regular physical activity, even when it's cold outside. This will keep your body in shape when it's time to do vigorous activities. It will also help to make sure your heart is up to the task.

Don’t Fear Osteoporosis Drugs

Bone constantly renews itself. Older bone is broken down and removed (resorbed) and new bone forms. As we age, bone density decreases because more bone is broken down than is newly formed. The bisphosphonate drugs slow down bone resorption. Taking these medications can lower risk of spine fractures by about 50 percent and hip fractures by about 40 percent.

Reminder: Get a Flu Shot

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which circulates in the air when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. People nearby can breathe it in and get infected. The influenza virus can also be picked up by touching a surface (such as a doorknob) that was contaminated by someone with the flu. Any time you're around someone with the flu, you are at risk for getting it.