Preventing a Fall If You Have Arthritis

One in three adults over the age of 65 experiences a fall each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Falls are a leading cause of injury and mortality for this age group. Commonly, falls are caused by arthritis pain in the hips, knees or ankles, which leads to a painful … Read More

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

Healthy Food, Healthy Bones

Dietician Kristin Kirkpatrick, wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute, says many studies show that, in addition to pharmacological management, certain foods, spices and supplements will help reduce morning stiffness, inflammation and pain in joints. Mediterranean diet Many studies have found that a Mediterranean diet has various health benefits, some of which seem to overlap … Read More

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Lose the Weight, Lose the Pain

Chronic knee pain? Thinking that joint replacement surgery might be in your future? If you’re also overweight, losing a few pounds might relieve your knee pain and help you avoid surgery, says Wael Barsoum, MD, Vice Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute. Dr. Barsoum says each pound of extra weight … 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

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): Not Just a Joint Disease

Contributor: Qingping Yao, MD, PhD Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an ongoing inflammatory autoimmune disease that primarily affects the small joints. In patients with an autoimmune disorder, the immune system can’t tell the difference between healthy body tissue and antigens. The result is an immune response that destroys normal body tissues. RA causes joint pain, pain … Read More

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