Managing Osteoarthritis

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control predict about 50 percent of all Americans will develop osteoarthritis in their knees before age 85. Besides our knees, our hips, ankles, and feet are also susceptible to developing osteoarthritis. Basically, your larger joints are at risk as you get older, according to Elaine Husni, MD, MPH, a doctor … Read More

Kids and Broken Bones

While both adults and kids can get bone fractures, kids are especially vulnerable to a unique injury called a “growth plate injury.”  What is a growth plate? Growth plates describe the weakest parts of a child’s growing skeleton. They are soft, pliable areas at the ends of bones that produce new bone tissue as children … Read More

Benefits of Water-based Exercise

Contributor: Daniel Hass, PT, DPT All exercise has a range of health benefits, from helping to prevent or control many health conditions to controlling weight and improving mood and energy level. Water-based exercise programs are a fun way to bring variety into your exercise routine while taking full advantage of the benefits this new physical … Read More

First Rheumatology Appointment?

In my many years as a rheumatologist, I’ve seen patients with a variety of symptoms, including aches and pains. Arthritis may be a symptom of a number of different connective tissue diseases; there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. My job is to identify which type of arthritis the patient has, and then, … Read More

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Keep Golfing Through the Fall

Contributor: Scott R. Burg, DO, Rheumatologist Do you think you can go the whole season with your golf buddies – especially if you have arthritis and an aching back? The answer is yes! You can feel good through the season, but it will take a little common sense and preparation. In fact, studies have found … Read More

Don’t Let Chronic Pain Rule Your Life

Chronic pain can seriously affect your quality of life, interfering with your ability to work, sleep and enjoy family and friends. When chronic pain disrupts your quality of life and does not improve with standard treatments, it is time to seek help. It is important to understand the difference between acute pain and chronic pain. … Read More

6 Myths About Joint Pain and Arthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA), one of the most common forms of arthritis, results from wear and tear of the cartilage that cushions the joints, typically after an injury or with advancing age. More than 27 million Americans have OA. Also called degenerative joint disease, OA usually develops over years, and symptoms include pain, stiffness, tenderness, a limited … Read More

Treatment Options for Knee Pain and Injuries

Knee injuries can occur with activities like jogging, basketball, tennis or inline skating. When we change direction, twist with our feet planted, stop suddenly, or jump and land awkwardly, our knees can take a hit. To treat simple knee sprains and strains, rest, ice packs and elevation are usually all you need. But if you … Read More

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Research Finds Exercise is Good for Arthritis (Video)

It was thought for many years that if you had arthritis, you should not exercise because it would damage your joints. Now, however, research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis. Elaine Husni, MD, is a rheumatologist at Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. She says exercise will do more … Read More