December 2017

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Subscribers Only — Itís important to understand that while back pain is a common complaint, most people do not need surgery. Back problems can stem from a variety of causes, including muscle strains, herniated disks, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and others. Nonsurgical measures, such as physical therapy, core strengthening, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and activity modification, usually relieve symptoms.   More...

Ask The Doctors: December 2017

I have osteoporosis, and Iíve been taking Fosamaxģ for four years. Iíve heard about atypical femur fractures. Should I worry about this? How will I know if I have one? Pain in my joints is making it more difficult to get around, especially getting up from a chair and in and out of the car. What can I do?   More...

Understanding NSAIDs

Subscribers Only — Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly-used medications. Even though they are easily obtained without a prescription in the forms of ibuprofen (Motrinģ, Advilģ), naproxen (Aleveģ) and aspirin, their pain-controlling benefits come with some risks.   More...

What to Eat in Winter

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

Knee Pain Treatment Targets Nerves

Subscribers Only — Osteoarthritis commonly affects the knee joint, which explains the hundreds of thousands of knee joint replacement surgeries performed every year. But surgery is an option only after non-surgical measures have failed. Even then, it is not the answer for everyone.   More...

Spinal Fusion: Is It Right for You?

Itís important to understand that while back pain is a common complaint, most people do not need surgery. Back problems can stem from a variety of causes, including muscle strains, herniated disks, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and others. Nonsurgical measures, such as physical therapy, core strengthening, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and activity modification, usually relieve symptoms.   More...

In The News: December 2017

Oral Contraceptive Use May Lower Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Knee Osteoarthritis Twice as Common as in the past. Glucosamine Supplements Fail to Show Benefit. Even Small Increases in Physical Activity Improve Mobility.   More...