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Ask the Doctors: Topical NSAIDs; Knee Surgery

Q: The articles on guidelines for treating osteoarthritis say that NSAIDs should not be used for long periods of time due to possible side effects. Is this true for the topical gel too? A: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be effective for reducing inflammation and relieving pain of osteoarthritis. They are available as pills and […]
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In the News: Strenuous Activity & Knee Osteoarthritis; Predicting Gout Flares; Vitamin D; Rheumatoid...

Strenuous Activity Not Tied to Developing Knee Osteoarthritis Regular exercise has many health benefits, but there is some uncertainty about whether very strenuous activity can damage joints, especially the knee joint. A study published in JAMA Network Open (May 2020) analyzed data on 1,194 adults (average age of 58) at risk for knee osteoarthritis to […]
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Ankle Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition caused by deterioration or loss of cartilage. The reasons cartilage wears away are not always understood. But when osteoarthritis affects the ankle, there is often an underlying cause. “About 75% of cases of ankle arthritis are post-traumatic,” says Cleveland Clinic foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Pinney, MD. The […]
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The Rise of Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged the healthcare system in unprecedented ways. For many doctors and their patients it meant adapting to a new reality in which “the doctor will see you now” does not necessarily mean in the exam room. As large numbers of people became acquainted with conducting their business and social lives over videoconferencing, […]
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Benefits of Whole Grains

The foundation of a nourishing diet is a variety of mostly plant-based foods. This includes vegetables and fruits, and also grains. Of course, grains means “whole” and not “refined” grains. The easiest grain to eat is wheat in the form of white flour. It is abundant in bread, pasta, crackers and many other products. To […]
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Guidelines for Hip OA

Treating osteoarthritis usually involves a combination of approaches. The location and severity of joint symptoms, such as pain, swelling and stiffness, along with other considerations will dictate the most effective therapies. Osteoarthritis results from loss of cartilage in joints. Cartilage is a tough, somewhat elastic material that covers the ends of bones, allowing for smooth […]
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Move More to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain is very common, and it can make even simple daily tasks agonizing. Pulling or overstretching muscles and ligaments are common causes. As we get older, osteoarthritis in the spine can also contribute to a painful back. Osteoarthritis is caused by the wearing down of cartilage, which is the covering over the ends of […]
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In the News: Treating Knee Osteoarthritis; Psoriatic Arthritis Risk Factors; Strengthen Bones; Adequate Folate...

Physical Therapy Better Than Steroid Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis Two options for treating knee osteoarthritis are physical therapy and corticosteroid injections. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (April 2020) compared them and found physical therapy to be superior. The study included 156 people with knee osteoarthritis who were divided into two […]
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Ask the Doctors: Heel Raises; TENS for Back Pain

Q: In the article “Exercise Tips for Travelers” in the May issue, it says that people with arthritis in the foot and those who have had ankle fusion should not do heel raises. I have arthritis in my left ankle and I had ankle fusion in my right. I do heel raises. Why are they […]
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Hip Resurfacing: An Option for Some

If you are facing hip replacement surgery, there are two options. The standard operation is a total replacement. Some people have the choice of a different procedure, called hip resurfacing. This preserves more bone and has advantages over the total replacement. But it’s not for everyone. Men under age 65 with debilitating hip arthritis who […]
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