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Making the Most of Medications

If you have a condition that affects your bones or joints, you may be taking medications. It could be a pain medication that you take for a short period of time, or it may be drugs for rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis or osteoporosis that you take for a long time or even a lifetime.

Response to the Opioid Crisis

America is in the grips of an opioid addiction crisis. Theres no denying that this is a real problem with devastating consequences. In 2016, 63,000 people died from drug overdoses, a 21 percent rise over 2015. About two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Theyre Essential

Are you eating enough fish? Youve probably heard the recommendation to eat fish at least two to three times a week to get omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are omega-3 fatty acids good for you, they are essential. And there are other sources besides fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential because the body needs them to function properly but cant make them. They must come from food. Omega-3 fatty acids have a role in brain function, growth and development, inflammation and heart health.

Ask The Doctors: February 2018

Osteoarthritis may seem like something we have to put up with as we age. It may not be possible to completely stop the underlying cause of osteoarthritis, but that does not mean theres nothing you can do. Both calcium and vitamin D are essential for bone health. The body needs calcium for other functions as well, including those involving muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and the release of hormones and enzymes.

Ask The Doctors: January 2018

I just had my first gout attack. Do I need to take chronic medication to prevent the next attack? I would like to avoid the next one. It was painful. When I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis my doctor gave me methotrexate and a 10-mg dose of prednisone. Since then the prednisone was reduced to 5 mg. Should I be worried about any effect on my bones?

Choose Nourishing Protein

Our bodies, including our joints, function best when we eat whole nourishing foods, says Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS, in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Cleveland Clinics Wellness Institute. A diet that will help maintain a healthy weight and wont promote inflammation includes vegetables, beans, fruits and whole grains, but also fish, meat and dairy.

Knee Pain: Front and Center

Do you have pain in the front of your knee and feel a grinding sensation when you bend your knee? If so, you may have chondromalacia patella. This is the breakdown of articular cartilage on the underside of the kneecap (patella). Articular cartilage is a tough, elastic tissue that covers the ends of bones in the most mobile joints in the body, including the knees. It allows for smooth, pain-free movement.

What to Eat in Winter

The colder months are here for many of us, and the time of plentiful fresh, local produce in farmers markets is behind us for now. But foods more readily available in the winter months can still pack a healthful, anti-inflammatory punch.

Sore Jaw? It May Be a TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joints (one on each side of your head) articulate the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. These hinge-like joints, along with the jaw (masticatory) muscles, allow you to open and close your mouth and move your lower jaw from side to side. Thus you can talk, chew and yawn with ease.

Vaccination Against Pneumonia

You may have seen television ads for the vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23 and wondered whether you should get vaccinated. These vaccines are for people who are at risk of getting infected by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia, commonly called pneumococcus.

Ask the Doctors: November 2017

I have some hydrocodone pills left over from surgery I had. Is it okay to use them occasionally when pain from osteoarthritis in my knee flares up? I have bursitis in my hip. Will this lead to osteoarthritis? What can I do about it?

Ask the Doctors: October 2017

My wife takes a drug for osteoporosis. Shes encouraging me to get a bone density test. Im a 72-year-old man. Should I be concerned about osteoporosis? Can hyaluronic acid injections be used for joints other than the knee?