March 2018

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Subscribers Only — Do you sometimes have a painful neck? If so, you are in good company. About half of us will experience neck pain some time during our lifetimes. The good news is most neck pain is mild and will go away on its own or with simple treatment. It may be caused by a strained muscle or ligament, poor posture or repetitive stress.   More...

Ask The Doctors: March 2018

Topical pain relievers can be one part of a multipronged approach to treating osteoarthritis. Some are available without a prescription. They may provide temporarily relief, especially if pain is not too severe. We talk a lot about cartilage in Arthritis Advisor because it is a key player in osteoarthritis. Cartilage is a tough, yet flexible, substance that covers the ends of bones everywhere there is a joint in your body.   More...

Coping with Psoriatic Arthritis

A greater understanding of psoriatic arthritis and an increasing number of medications available to treat it have had a major impact on relieving pain and improving function. But less attention is paid to some of the conditions that often accompany psoriatic arthritis. If you have this form of arthritis and are experiencing fatigue, sleep problems or depression, you are not alone.   More...

Walking for Wellness

Subscribers Only — We all walk, simply to get around. But upping the amount and intensity of walking has health benefits. Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Mary Morrison, PT, DScPT, recommends building more walking into your daily routine. And to get the greatest benefits, you need to continue to challenge yourself.   More...

Treating Painful Flat Feet

Subscribers Only — Are your feet getting flatter? They probably are to some extent. “Having flat feet that are functional and don’t cause symptoms is very common,” says Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Mark Berkowitz, MD. Painful flatfoot is less common, but when it happens it can be treated.   More...

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: They’re Essential

Subscribers Only — Are you eating enough fish? You’ve probably heard the recommendation to eat fish at least two to three times a week to get omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are omega-3 fatty acids good for you, they are essential. And there are other sources besides fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential because the body needs them to function properly but can’t make them. They must come from food. Omega-3 fatty acids have a role in brain function, growth and development, inflammation and heart health.   More...

In The News: March 2018

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology (October 2017) found that regular exercise lowers your risk for low back pain, a condition that affects about 80 percent of adults some time in their lifetimes. Low back pain is often caused by pulling a muscle, overstretching a ligament, or mechanical problems resulting from poor posture, weak core muscles and poor flexibility.   More...

Relief for Neck Pain

Do you sometimes have a painful neck? If so, you are in good company. About half of us will experience neck pain some time during our lifetimes. The good news is most neck pain is mild and will go away on its own or with simple treatment. It may be caused by a strained muscle or ligament, poor posture or repetitive stress.   More...