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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 […]

How to Identify Hidden Sugar

We all know we should cut back on sugar, and ideally stop eating foods with added sugars. Too much sugar contributes to a host of health problems, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. It promotes inflammation, which is particularly problematic for people with arthritis. Sugar also appears to be addicting, making it hard to resist. […]

Big Toe Arthritis

One of the most common problems in the front of the foot is a condition called hallux rigidus (which means big toe stiffness). Hallux rigidus is caused by mechanical wear in the joint where the big toe bone meets the rest of the foot. “The first thing that usually happens is a little bone spur […]

In the News: Lower Back Pain; Aerobic and Strengthening Exercises; Knee Osteoarthritis & Low...

Treatment for Low Back Pain Often Doesn’t Match Guidelines Many older adults with low back pain receive treatment that is not consistent with guideline recommendations, according to a study published in the journal Medical Care (February 2020). Unless there are specific danger signs, guidelines suggest that diagnosis should be based on a history and physical […]

New Guidelines for Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be challenging to treat. There is no single, one-size-fits-all therapy. Instead, there are a variety of treatment approaches that may be appropriate depending on the joint or joints affected and symptoms, which can change over time. Therapies may be used together or one after another at different times. To help doctors and their patients […]

Ask the Doctor: Running Indoors or Outdoors; What Happens When You Throw Your Back...

Q: When I’m walking or running for exercise, does it matter if it’s on pavement, a running track or a treadmill? A: Where you choose to walk or run is a personal decision. Some people prefer being outdoors, while others like to exercise indoors on a treadmill. The best choice is the one you enjoy […]

Alternative to Spinal Fusion

Several joints in the body, such as the knee, hip, shoulder and ankle, can be replaced with artificial implants. There’s also an implant procedure for the spine, although it’s less commonly performed than knee and hip replacement. The surgery is artificial disk replacement. One of the cushioning disks between two vertebrae (the small bones that […]

Could It Be Pseudogout?

The sudden appearance of a painful, warm, swollen joint often signals an attack of gout. The symptoms are also typical of a condition called calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPDD). Because of the similarity, CPDD is commonly called pseudogout. Gout is not the only condition CPDD can mimic. It can also cause symptoms similar to osteoarthritis or […]

Is There an Arthritis Diet?

Many people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis want to know whether there is a special anti-inflammatory diet that will help to relieve their symptoms. While numerous studies have examined this question, there’s still no definitive answer. However, there are some general guidelines. The lack of conclusive evidence relates to the inherent […]

How to Ease Hip Pain

Pain in the groin, stiffness at the hip and increased pain while walking are all signs you may have hip osteoarthritis. If this is the case, you may be tempted to rest to avoid aggravating the joint. But movement and exercise are good for arthritis. And too much rest can make it worse. Cleveland Clinic […]

In the News: Getting Enough Exercise; Knee Replacement Surgery; Diabetes Drugs & Gout; Distance...

Many Adults in U.S. Do Not Get Enough Exercise Engaging in regular physical activity is important for overall health. It reduces your risk for obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and it also helps maintain bone and joint health. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in […]