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Exercises for Back Pain

If your back hurts, you are in good company. About four in five Americans experience back pain sometime in their lifetime. The underlying causes vary and include strains, herniated disks, arthritis, and stenosis, among others. A thorough examination by a doctor can help to pinpoint the source of pain. But regardless of the cause, treatment […]

Acupuncture for Arthritis Relief

Acupuncture is a Chinese healing technique thousands of years old that is rapidly gaining traction in the United States. It is often incorrectly portrayed in movies and TV, and many people don’t have a true understanding of what acupuncture is. We talked to Cleveland Clinic acupuncturist Timothy Sobo, LAc, to get his insights. How Does […]

Osteoarthritis: Are You at Risk?

Given the profound effects osteoarthritis can have on your daily life — the pain and stiffness that interferes with your activities — it’s in your best interest to do everything you can to prevent it or lessen the impact if you do develop it. Some osteoarthritis risk factors, such as your age, gender (women are […]

Anesthesia Options

When preparing for knee or hip replacement surgery, there is a lot to consider, and many people have questions. For example: What type of anesthesia will I get, and how will postsurgical pain be managed? There are two main options for anesthesia—general and spinal. General anesthesia uses intravenous drugs to make you completely unconscious. A […]

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 […]