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Guidelines for Hand Arthritis

In January 2020, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published guidelines for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, hip and hand. Working with the Arthritis Foundation in a process that included the perspective of people who have osteoarthritis, the ACR reviewed the scientific literature and made recommendations both for and against various treatment options. […]
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Psoriatic Arthritis Update

About 30% of people who have the skin condition psoriasis also have a type of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis. The good news is that, unlike with osteoarthritis, there are medications that can help to stop the disease from getting worse. Early recognition is important. “The earlier we are able to diagnose and treat psoriatic arthritis, […]
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Kinesiology Tape for OA

You may have seen athletes with large strips of brightly colored tape placed on their skin meant to enhance their performance. Did you know the same type of tape, called elastic therapeutic tape or kinesiology tape, may have pain-relieving effects for people with osteoarthritis? This tape is a stretchy cotton strip with adhesive on one […]
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Cycling for Health? Pedal Fast

We can all benefit from moving more and sitting less. Physical activity helps you feel and function better. It is especially important for people with arthritis. In fact, exercise is one of the cornerstones of treatment for osteoarthritis. An exercise program should combine different kinds of exercise, which includes aerobic activity. These are the activities […]
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In the News: Arthritis Pain & Diabetes; COPD & Rheumatoid Arthritis; Spinal Anesthesia; Reducing...

Arthritis Pain Worse in People with Diabetes Knee pain from osteoarthritis appears to be worse for people who have diabetes, according to a study published in Arthritis Care & Research (February 2020). The researchers analyzed data from 2,481 people who were enrolled in the Osteoarthritis Initiative, which is a long-term study of people ages 45 […]
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Ask the Doctors: Safe Doctors Visit; Joint Stiffness

Q: I have rheumatoid arthritis, and I take drugs that suppress my immune system. This makes me more susceptible to infections. COVID-19 has made me scared. What can I do to protect myself when I go to the doctor or for an infusion? A: The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the potential dangers […]
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Exercise Tips for Travelers

Traveling can be a wonderful experience, whether you are exploring places you’ve never seen before, visiting distant family or friends, or leaving home for some other reason. If you have arthritis, the excitement of a trip may be dampened by concerns about how your symptoms will limit you. With some preparation and some simple steps […]
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Ask the Doctors: Ankle Replacement Surgery; Osteoarthritis

Q: I have severe osteoarthritis in my ankle, and I am considering surgery. What should I know about ankle replacement surgery? A: When osteoarthritis becomes severe and nonsurgical measures are no longer adequate to relieve symptoms, surgery is an option for some joints. Hip and knee replacements are common. There’s also a replacement surgery for […]
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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 […]
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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. […]
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