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Soups and Stews

In the middle of winter, what could be more comforting and satisfying than a warm bowl of soup or stew? Not only does a soup on the stove fill your home with wonderful aromas, but it tastes delicious and nourishes you from the inside out. As discussed in previous issues of Arthritis Advisor, the key […]
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Driving After Joint Replacement

After having joint replacement surgery, many people want to know, when can I start driving again? They don’t want to rely on family and friends to drive them around for too long. Getting back to driving is a priority. “Most people should be ready to start driving again by six weeks after surgery,” says Philip […]
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Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis

In the December 2020 and January 2021 issues of Arthritis Advisor we discussed exercises for people with knee osteoarthritis that is confined to one location in the joint. But for many people, arthritic changes are all over. To review: Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage—the covering over the ends of bones in joints—breaks down. At the knee, […]
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How RA Can Affect Your Eyes

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is best known for its damaging effects on joints. However, because it is a systemic disease, RA can also cause problems in other parts of the body, including the eyes. The most common eye problem is dry eyes. “About 30% to 40% of people with RA have dry eyes,” says ophthalmologist Careen […]
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Ask the Doctors: Leg Cramps; Joint replacement and Bone Density

Q: My husband (in his 70s) and I (in my 80s) suffer with leg cramps, which have gotten worse lately. They are happening more often in the night. What should we do? I’ve heard magnesium is good for this. A: Leg cramps (a “charley horse”) are sudden, involuntary muscle pains, usually in the calf, but […]
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In The News: Osteoporosis; Telemedicine & Rheumatology Care; Bone Density; Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs &...

Osteoporosis Underdiagnosed and Undertreated in Older Men Older men who experience a bone fracture are underdiagnosed and undertreated for osteoporosis, according to a study presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting (November 2020). In an older adult, a bone fracture that is not the result of a major trauma means the person has […]
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Neck Pain: A Common Complaint

If you occasionally have a stiff, achy neck, you are in good company. Most people have at least one episode of neck pain during their lifetime. While neck pain can be bothersome, it usually goes away with some simple measures. “Most people who have neck problems have a benign type of neck pain that will […]
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How to Get Enough Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and muscle. It also has effects on other systems in the body. Having sufficient levels may help reduce risk for heart disease and cancer and may play a role in preserving cognitive function. Research suggests that vitamin D may also have a protective role against viral respiratory infections. […]
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Exercises for Lateral and Medial Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis in the knee is very common. As discussed in the December 2020 issue of Arthritis Advisor, choosing the right exercises to treat knee osteoarthritis may depend on the specific location in the knee where cartilage has worn down. Osteoarthritis occurs when cartilage—the covering over the ends of bones in joints—breaks down. In the knee, […]
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Update on PRP Injections

The ongoing search to improve treatment for osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions has fueled investigation into therapies called orthobiologics. These are based on substances (such as cells or molecules) that naturally occur in the body and have properties that might aid in the treatment of injured or degenerated tissues. Orthobiologics include placental tissue, amniotic tissue, […]
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