April 2018

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Subscribers Only — Cleveland Clinic, along with other healthcare institutions, has put new practices and policies into place to deal with the opioid epidemic. We spoke with Lisa Yerian, MD, Medical Director of Continuous Improvement at Cleveland Clinic, and Cleveland Clinic psychiatrist Mohsen Vazirian, MD, about the problem and the response. In this and future issues of Arthritis Advisor we will continue the discussion.   More...

Ask The Doctors: April 2018

How can I strengthen my core muscles? Any machines at the gym I should use? Iíve had one cortisone shot in my arthritic knee. Itís hurting again. How many of these can I safely get?   More...

Chronic Pain? Retrain Your Brain

Subscribers Only — If painful arthritis interferes with your life and dominates your thoughts, consider working with a behavioral health specialist, who can help you with pain control. Acute pain plays an important role in our well-being by alerting us to an injury, such as a wound or broken bone. But chronic pain is more complicated.   More...

Understanding Opioid Addiction

With all the attention being paid to the problem of opioid abuse, you might hesitate to take these medications for any reason, fearing you might become addicted. While drug abuse is a serious problem, not everyone who takes opioids becomes addicted.   More...

Treating a Labral Tear

Subscribers Only — Pain in the groin and a feeling of instability at the hip signals a problem inside the hip joint, possibly osteoarthritis. But these symptoms may also stem from a different condition, especially in young and middle-aged adults.   More...

What Is Arthritis?

Subscribers Only — Arthritis, which affects over 54 million adults in the United States, is often misunderstood. It can be confusing because it is not one single disease. There are about 100 types of arthritis, and treatment differs.   More...

In The News: April 2018

After declining every year from 2002 to 2012, the rate of hip fractures among women age 65 and older in the United States leveled off at rates higher than were expected, leading to a rise in the overall number of hip fractures. The findings, reported in the journal Osteoporosis International (December 2017), were based on an analysis of Medicare claims data from 2002 to 2015. The researchers found that the rate of hip fractures began to plateau in 2013.   More...

Response to the Opioid Crisis

America is in the grips of an opioid addiction crisis. Thereís no denying that this is a real problem with devastating consequences. In 2016, 63,000 people died from drug overdoses, a 21 percent rise over 2015. About two-thirds of those deaths involved opioids.   More...