November 2018

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Subscribers Only — Have you ever been diagnosed with tendinitis whether in the elbow, shoulder, knee, hip or heel and a corticosteroid shot didn't work? The itis in tendinitis refers to inflammation, and corticosteroids are powerful anti-inflammatory medications. It seems logical they should work.   More...

Ask The Doctors: November 2018

The spine is a complex structure, the core of which is a stack of small bones (vertebrae). Cushioning disks separate each vertebral body, and the bones are connected to each other at small joints (facet joints) between bony protrusions at the back of each vertebra. The spinal cord runs through the center of the spine. Nerves exit this spinal canal through openings at most levels of the spine. Layers of muscles, ligaments and tendons surround the spine.   More...

Life After Joint Replacement

Subscribers Only — After your joint replacement surgery, you might go home on the same day or stay in the hospital for up to four days. Some people go to a rehabilitation center for a short time. Wherever you are, don't expect to lie in bed for long. A physical therapist will meet with you on the same day as your surgery, or on the next day, to get you up and moving. The therapist will teach you how to walk with the aid of a walker, cane or crutches. You will also learn how to go up and down stairs.   More...

Reminder: Get a Flu Shot

The flu is caused by the influenza virus, which circulates in the air when someone with the flu coughs, sneezes or talks. People nearby can breathe it in and get infected. The influenza virus can also be picked up by touching a surface (such as a doorknob) that was contaminated by someone with the flu. Any time you're around someone with the flu, you are at risk for getting it.   More...

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Subscribers Only — Dining in a group causes most people to eat more calories than they would when eating alone. If you're planning to make a New Year's resolution about your diet, "don't wait for January; start now," advises Kirkpatrick. Here are more of her tips for this time of year:   More...

New Approach to Tendon Trouble

The degeneration process causes tendons to thicken. They're less elastic and don't function properly. "If there's continued stress on the tendon you can end up with inflammation on top of that," says Dr. King. This can explain why some people with tendon problems who are treated with NSAIDs or a corticosteroid injection may get better for just a couple of weeks. "The pain came back because there was an underlying degenerative problem within the tendon," says Dr.King.   More...

In The News: November 2018

Pain is the main reason people with osteoarthritis seek medical care. A study published in Arthritis Care & Research (August 2018) found that insomnia and depression were also significant reasons for going to a doctor. Painful arthritis can lead to sleep problems and depression, and having these conditions can worsen pain. The researchers analyzed health records of close to 3,000 participants in a health plan who had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. Close to half of them reported pain that was moderate to severe. About 34 percent of all participants had insomnia in addition to moderate to severe pain, and 29 percent had depression along with pain. Pain was the main driver for seeking medical attention. But the combined effects of pain plus insomnia and pain plus depression increased the likelihood of seeing a healthcare professional, and this increased with the severity of these conditions.   More...

Taming Text Neck

Subscribers Only — Your neck muscles are meant to support the weight of your 10-to 12-pound head in an upright position. As your head drops forward the load on those muscles increases. If you tilt your head down just 15 degrees, it can nearly triple the force on your neck to about 27pounds. Bend it 30 degrees and this increases to 40 pounds of force.   More...