October 2017

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Subscribers Only — A new study backs up earlier research suggesting that regularly eating fish may help reduce joint pain and swelling for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. For the study, published in Arthritis Care & Research (June 2017), researchers studied 176 people with rheumatoid arthritis who filled out questionnaires about their diet, including frequency of eating fish.   More...

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?   More...

Knee Replacement: One at a Time or Both Together

Subscribers Only — Total knee replacement surgery is always the last resort. It is an option only after all other measures have failed to provide adequate relief. These include physical therapy, pain medications, corticosteroid injections, bracing and others. The goal of knee replacement surgery is to eliminate the chronic disability from pain. Youre not going to get the knee you had when you were 19, says Nageotte. But you can get pain relief and improved function.   More...

Switch to Smart Carbs

Subscribers Only — Low-carbohydrate diets have attracted a lot of attention among people trying to lose weight. This includes people with arthritis who are overweight or obese and suffer added pain in their hips, knees and other joints from carrying excess weight.   More...

Biologic Drugs: Benefits Outweigh Risks

Treatment for rheumatoid arthritis changed dramatically more than 20 years ago with the advent of the disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD) methotrexate. Over the past 15 years, new types of DMARDs, called biologics, have continued to revolutionize treatment. Even newer ones are under development.   More...

Heel Pain May Be Plantar Fasciitis

If you feel stabbing pain in your heel every morning when you get out of bed that lessens after you start walking, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, a long ligament on the bottom of the foot that originates from the heel bone and attaches to the toes.   More...

In The News: October 2017

A new study backs up earlier research suggesting that regularly eating fish may help reduce joint pain and swelling for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to have anti-inflammatory properties. For the study, published in Arthritis Care & Research (June 2017), researchers studied 176 people with rheumatoid arthritis who filled out questionnaires about their diet, including frequency of eating fish.   More...

Hip Osteoarthritis: Test Yourself

Over 54 million American adults suffer with arthritis. Most have osteoarthritis, and the hip joint is commonly affected. If you have hip osteoarthritis or think you might, take this quiz to find out how much you know about this condition? Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Michael J. Star, MD, provides the answers.   More...