February 2018

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Subscribers Only — When you think of joint replacement surgery, you’re probably thinking knees or hips. But other joints can be replaced as well, including ankles. Fewer ankle replacement surgeries are done, partly because the technology has lagged behind that for hips and knees. This is changing.   More...

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 there’s 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.   More...

Update on Biosimilars

Subscribers Only — If you are on a biologic drug for an inflammatory form of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or ankylosing spondylitis, you may have heard of biosimilars. The first biosimilar agent for the treatment of inflammatory arthritis was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2016.   More...

Strengthening Exercises for Mobility

“Strength, flexibility and balance all decrease as we age. But a simple exercise program, as outlined in the January 2018 issue of Arthritis Advisor, can help you maintain high functioning. That article described five types of activities.   More...

Remedies for Tennis Elbow

Sharp, stabbing pain on the outside of the elbow that doesn’t go away may be a sign that you have what’s commonly called tennis elbow. Cleveland Clinic sports medicine physician Jason Genin, DO, sees many patients for this condition, the medical term for which is lateral epicondylitis. Most do not play tennis.   More...

Tips for Easing the Pain of Daily Tasks

Subscribers Only — You may think you’re doing it right, but you could be shoveling snow wrong. And this may be unnecessarily adding to painful joint problems. Many household chores can present challenges to people with arthritis or back pain. “The top tasks people complain about are snow shoveling, raking leaves, vacuuming and doing laundry,” says Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Jeanne Markusic, MS, PT.   More...

In The News: February 2018

Long-term exposure to air pollution was shown to be associated with more osteoporosis-related bone loss and greater risk for bone fractures in two studies published in The Lancet Planetary Health (November 2017). Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become weak because more bone mass is lost than can be rebuilt. For one study, researchers analyzed data on over 9 million Medicare patients hospitalized for osteoporosis-related bone fractures. The risk for such hospitalization was greater in areas with elevated levels of PM2.5, which is a component of air pollution. Even a slight increase in air pollution was linked to greater risk for fractures, and the risk was particularly high in low-income communities. A second study of 692 adults found that those living in areas with high levels of PM2.5 had lower levels of a key calcium and bone-related hormone and lower bone density.   More...

Ankle Surgery: Fuse or Replace

When you think of joint replacement surgery, you’re probably thinking knees or hips. But other joints can be replaced as well, including ankles. Fewer ankle replacement surgeries are done, partly because the technology has lagged behind that for hips and knees. This is changing.   More...