May 2018

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Subscribers Only — For people who are overweight or obese, the most effective treatment is weight loss. This is not surprising because every extra pound of weight adds two to four pounds of excess pressure on the knees. ďLosing weight is probably the most difficult part of the treatment puzzle, but itís also the most important,Ē says Dr. Day.   More...

Making the Most of Medications

Subscribers Only — If you have a condition that affects your bones or joints, you may be taking medications. It could be a pain medication that you take for a short period of time, or it may be drugs for rheumatoid arthritis or another type of arthritis or osteoporosis that you take for a long time or even a lifetime.   More...

Ask The Doctors: May 2018

Bunions, which are very common, can be annoying, painful and affect your ability to do activities. Just because you have a bunion doesnít mean you should rush to get surgery. Donít ignore it either. Left untreated, a bunion can lead to other foot deformities. There are different types of kidney stones. Most are made of calcium, so it might seem like consuming a lot of calcium would lead to kidney stones. Itís not that simple.   More...

What Is Inflammation?

Your achy joint thatís swollen and feels stiff is probably harboring inflammation. If you have arthritis (whether osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), inflammation contributes to pain and other symptoms. Many drugs for arthritis work by reducing inflammation. But what is inflammation?   More...

Benefits of Yoga

Subscribers Only — What is yoga good for? Quite a lot actually, including possibly arthritis and back problems. Several studies support its potential for pain management in people with these conditions. Yoga is more than a physical exercise; itís a mind-body practice. It combines physical movement with mindfulness, which simply means using your senses and focusing.   More...

Ease Into the Driver’s Seat

Subscribers Only — If arthritis or back problems make driving a car difficult and painful, you may fear youíll have to stop driving. Donít give up yet. With work and some adaptations you should be able to remain comfortably in the driverís seat.   More...

In The News: May 2018

To lose weight, should you be on a low-fat diet or a low-carbohydrate diet? It probably doesnít matter as long as you focus on the quality of the foods you eat. Arthritis is a major cause of pain and disability, affecting an estimated 54.4 million adults in the United States. Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines breathing, meditation and motion. It has become increasingly popular as a way to manage stress and reduce pain.   More...

Pain Relief for Knee Arthritis

Osteoarthritis in the knee is very common, especially as we get older, typically causing achy pain, mild swelling and stiffness after inactivity. Many people reach for a bottle of pills, mostly nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (such as ibuprofen [Motrinģ, Advilģ] or naproxen [Aleveģ]), to relieve symptoms.   More...