January 2018

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Subscribers Only — Your incredible intricate hands allow you to do amazing things, from mundane jobs, such as opening jars or typing, to more refined tasks, such as woodworking or playing the piano. You may take your hands for granted, until something goes wrong. Hand pain, stiffness and deformities can occur for a variety of reasons and can complicate your life.   More...

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?   More...

Painful Joints? It Could Be Rheumatoid Arthritis

Subscribers Only — If you’ve developed pain and stiffness in your joints, you may think you are getting arthritis, and you could be right. If so, is it osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis? The chances are it is osteoarthritis.   More...

Choose Nourishing Protein

Subscribers Only — 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 Clinic’s Wellness Institute. A diet that will help maintain a healthy weight and won’t promote inflammation includes vegetables, beans, fruits and whole grains, but also fish, meat and dairy.   More...

Five-Part Exercise Prescription

Subscribers Only — We know that a healthy diet and regular physical activity are keys to overall well-being. Staying physically active can prevent or lessen joint and other musculoskeletal pain, and it helps to maintain a high level of functioning. But how much and what kinds of exercise should you do?   More...

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.   More...

In The News: January 2018

Low back pain is extremely common, affecting about three-quarters of Americans some time in their lives. A study published in the journal Spine (August 2017) examined the role of muscle-strengthening exercises in reducing risk for low back pain. The researchers analyzed data on 12,721 people participating in the large National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). They were divided into three categories: no engagement in muscle-strengthening activity (MSA), MSA one day a week, and MSA two or more days a week. The researchers found that both men and women who engaged in activities designed to strengthen muscles, such as lifting weights, push-ups or sit-ups, at least two days a week were significantly less likely to report low back pain. Current smokers were more likely to have low back pain. For men, but not women, smoking reduced the benefits of exercise   More...

Troubleshooting Hand Pain

Your incredible intricate hands allow you to do amazing things, from mundane jobs, such as opening jars or typing, to more refined tasks, such as woodworking or playing the piano. You may take your hands for granted, until something goes wrong. Hand pain, stiffness and deformities can occur for a variety of reasons and can complicate your life. …   More...