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Ask the Doctors: NSAID alternatives; CPPD disease

Q: I was told not to take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because of a medical condition. This is difficult because I have osteoarthritis. What else can I try? A: NSAIDs, which reduce inflammation and relieve pain, can be effective medications for osteoarthritis. But they have limitations due to potential side effects. People with certain medical […]
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In the News: Pain Medicine; Fall Risk; Sugary Beverages; Rheumatoid Arthritis

Pain Medication Use Reduced After Exercise Therapy for Osteoarthritis Among people with hip or knee osteoarthritis, use of pain medications was found to be reduced after an exercise program in a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (September 2020). The study included 16,499 people with hip or knee osteoarthritis. The researchers analyzed […]
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Help for Frozen Shoulder

If you have pain and stiffness in your shoulder, you may think you have a rotator cuff injury, tendi­nitis or osteo­arthritis. But there’s another possibility. Adhesive capsulitis, commonly called frozen shoulder, causes similar symptoms. Once frozen shoulder starts, it can take up to two years to fully recover. Jason Genin, DO, and the Tendinopathy Evaluation Assessment […]
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Relief for Raynaud’s

It’s normal for your body to sense cold. But when your fingers (and sometimes toes, nose, lips and earlobes) have a severe reaction to chilly temperatures, it could be Raynaud’s phenomenon, named after the doctor who first identified it (Maurice Raynaud). “With Raynaud’s, small blood vessels in the fingers and toes go into spasm in […]
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Arthritis Under the Kneecap

To treat osteoarthritis in the knee, the most effective exercise program will depend on the location in the joint where cartilage has worn down. The knee has two joints. The first is where the thigh bone (femur) connects to the shinbone (tibia). The two bones touch in two places—on the inside of the knee (medial) […]
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Fixing a Labral Tear

One possible cause of hip pain is a labral tear, which can occur in people with a condition called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI). Labral tears often require surgery to repair. Symptoms of labral tears mimic those of osteoarthritis. One distinguishing feature is the age of the person when symptoms arise. “FAI is seen more commonly in […]
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Ask the Doctors: Sacroiliitis; Timing of Shingles Vaccination

Q: After a fall, I started having severe pain in my lower back and then my lower abdomen. I was diagnosed with sacroiliitis. I was given celecoxib (Celebrex®) for 10 days. I still have pain. What can I do about this? A: Sacroiliitis is inflammation of one or both sacroiliac joints. These joints extend about […]
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In the News: Mediterranean Diet & RA; Curcumin & Knee Osteoarthritis; Long-Lasting Shoulder Replacement;...

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk for Smokers Smoking is a known risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis. A study published in Arthritis & Rheumatology (September 2020) found that adhering to a Mediterranean diet may reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers analyzed data from a large French study that has been collecting dietary data […]
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Position Yourself to Sleep Well

Pain often interferes with getting a good night’s sleep. When she sees patients with joint or back pain, Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Marleen Caldwell, PT, MS, Cred MDT, will ask, “How are you sleeping?” Not sleeping well can lead to a variety of problems, including weight gain and fatigue, which can make a musculoskeletal condition […]
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Exercises for Neck Pain

The bones of the neck (the cervical spine) carry a lot of weight relative to their size. Like the knees and hips, the spine is vulnerable to wear and tear as we age. Cervical spondylosis, as doctors refer to neck arthritis, will afflict more than 85% of us by the time we reach our 60s. […]
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