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Troubleshooting Knee Pain

Do you have pain in your knee? If you havent suffered a sudden injury and are in middle or older age, you may think youre getting osteoarthritis. And you may be right. But there are other possible causes of knee pain. Its important to determine the underlying cause because treatment will differ, says Cleveland Clinic sports medicine physician Carly Day, MD.

Is Intermittent Fasting Right For You?

A better weight loss plan would take away the craving. Thats the potential of an intermittent fasting diet. Intermittent fasting does not mean completely going without food. This is not a starvation diet, says Kirkpatrick. The idea is to strategically time eating so you cycle through periods of normal eating and ingesting no or minimal calories.

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When your back or neck aches, you may reach for pain relieving medications. While they can help, experts suggest trying nondrug treatments first. For both short-term and longstanding low back pain, for example, the recently updated guidelines by the American College of Physicians recommend starting with therapies such as heat, massage, exercise and spinal manipulation.

In The News: July 2017

Women who eat a healthy diet appear to have a lower chance of getting rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (January 2017). People with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis face a higher risk than the general population for bone fractures. After joint replacement surgery, some people are sent from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility for a short stay.

In the News: June 2017

he prevalence of arthritis among adults in the United States is growing, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the monthly report Vital Signs (March 2017). Using data from the 2013 to 2015 National Health Interview Study, the CDC estimated that 54.4 million adults (about one in four) have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, including osteoarthritis (the most common type of arthritis) and others, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout and fibromyalgia.

Gardening with Arthritis

If arthritis is making it difficult to continue enjoying the pleasures of cultivating a garden, you will probably have to make some adjustments, and possibly purchase some newtools. Cleveland Clinic occupational therapist and certified hand therapist Jo Koludrovich, OT/L, CHT, has some practical advice for gardeners who have arthritis. We want people to continue to do what they enjoy, but we want to minimize the stress on their arthritic joints, she says.

In The News: May 2017

Some bone loss occurs in everyone with age. For women at menopause, this process speeds up. A study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (February 2017) found that women who ate what is considered an anti-inflammatory diet (high in vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains and low in sugar and processed foods) had less bone loss. The researchers analyzed data from the large Womens Health Initiative study to look for an association between inflammatory elements in the diet and bone density and fractures.

In The News: April 2017

Painful arthritic joints can make it difficult to exercise, yet physical activity is a cornerstone of treatment for arthritis.People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have historically had somewhat shorter lifespans than the general population, but that may be changing.Everyone needs exercise to stay healthy, and federal guidelines specifically recommend a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) every week.Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are types of arthritis caused by inflammation.

Sorting Out Sciatica

The sciatic nerve starts as a collection of nerve fibers at the lower portions of the spine-the bottom segments of the lumbar spine (L4 and L5) and the top segment of the sacral spine (S1 to S3). The nerves exit the spinal canal and come together to form the large sciatic nerve, which then runs below a muscle in the buttocks (the piriformis muscle) and down the back of the thigh. Above the knee, the nerve separates into two nerves, which extend down to thefoot.

In the News: March 2017

Foods containing fiber, including grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, contain vital nutrients for a healthy diet. Sexuality is an important part of life for many people, and chronic back pain can sometimes interfere. Regular exercise can protect against developing osteoarthritis (OA), or at least delay the onset of it. But what about running? People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are at increased risk for diabetes, and the drugs they take appear to play a role.

Bone Density Tests and Fish Oil Supplements

The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine for all women age 65 and older and all men age 70 and older. They also recommend testing for postmenopausal women under age 65 who have risk factors for osteoporosis. Fish oil is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which the body needs but cannot manufacture. Omega-3 fatty acids are involved with brain function, growth and development. They also help reduce inflammation. Being deficient in these fats can lead to health problems, including heart disease.

In the News: February 2017

Ever since the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug rofecoxib was taken off the market in 2004 because of its link to heart disease, questions have been raised about other NSAIDs. The ancient Chinese practice of tai chi has become a popular form of exercise around the world. Medications for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be very effective, especially when treatment is started early. In addition to helping people lose weight, weight-loss surgery (called bariatric surgery) has been shown to have positive health effects, such as reversing or preventing diabetes.