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In the News: Chronic Pain; Stress; Osteoporosis; Rheumatoid Arthritis

One in Five American Adults Experience Chronic Pain Millions of Americans suffer with chronic pain, which can have serious effects on quality of life, as well as economic costs. Estimates of its prevalence and impact vary. To get a better understanding of how widespread chronic pain is, the National Center for Health Statistics of the […]

Ask the Doctors: Nondairy Calcium Sources; Osteophytes

Q: Can I get the calcium I need from nondairy food sources? A: Calcium and vitamin D are essential for healthy bones and other functions in the body.  Your muscles, nerves and blood vessels all need calcium. The recommended daily intake of calcium increases with age because calcium absorption decreases with age. In addition, women […]

Ask the Doctors: Topicals; Vibrating Exercise Machines; Age and Joint Replacement

Q: I suffer from knee pain due to arthritis. You recommend Voltaren® gel, which I have tried. But a gel containing camphor, menthol and methyl salicylate gives me better relief. Why don’t you recommend that? A: In the November 2020 issue of Arthritis Advisor, Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic specialist Vikas Patel, DO, recommended the topical nonsteroidal […]

Shoulder Replacement Two Ways

When loss of smooth, pain-free motion in the shoulder from arthritis becomes intolerable, joint replacement surgery may be an option. Like with joint replacement for hips and knees, inserting an implant made of metal and plastic can allow you to regain pain-free motion. “Shoulder replacement is the third most common joint replacement, after hip and […]

Pain in the Buttocks

Pain in the buttocks in the area where you sit may be a sign of a condition called ischiogluteal bursitis, commonly caused by prolonged sitting. During lockdowns and other restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people found themselves sitting more than usual. Consequently, “we’ve seen a higher incidence of ischiogluteal bursitis,” says Cleveland Clinic physician […]

Fighting Chronic Fatigue

People with inflammatory arthritis often complain of debilitating exhaustion. Inflammatory types of arthritis, which include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis, are known for joint pain. But these autoimmune diseases can have other, more widespread effects. “Many patients with inflammatory arthritis report that fatigue is a major concern for them,” says Chad Deal, MD, […]

Tips for Healthy Grilling

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a backyard barbeque? The classic menu often includes hamburgers, hot dogs, steak, potato salad and coleslaw. When planning your grilling, you might consider substituting, or at least mixing in, some healthier alternatives. Cleveland Clinic dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, has some tips for healthier grilling. The […]

Have RA? Stay Heart Healthy

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) face additional health challenges beyond joint symptoms. For example, they have an elevated risk for heart disease. “It’s important to remember that there are other factors at work as well,” says    M. Elaine Husni, MD, Vice Chair of Rheumatology and Director of the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Center at Cleveland Clinic. Risk […]

In the News: Anti-Inflammatory Diet; Weight Loss; Risk for Falls; Knee Replacements

Switch to Anti-Inflammatory Diet Helps to Control Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease in which chronic inflammation results in damage to joints. It is treated primarily with medications that impact the immune system in ways that reduce inflammation. Some research suggests an anti-inflammatory diet may be beneficial as well. In a study […]

The Facts About TMD

You probably don’t think twice about biting into a favorite food or making funny faces for your grandchild, but a problem with your temporomandibular joints can stop you in your tracks. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), one on each side of your head, are like hinges that connect the lower jaw to the temporal bones of the […]