Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reveal that approximately 52.5 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, including osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout. Arthritic diseases may be mild in some people but can be debilitating in others. Symptoms characterized by joint pain, swelling, and stiffness
Experiencing elbow pain? To get to the bottom of it, consider the elbow’s structure.
The elbow is a complex part of the arm formed by three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the radius (the lower arm bone on the thumb side), and the ulna (the lower arm bone on the
Researchers at the Warwick Medical School’s Clinical Sciences Research Institute, UK, have developed a blood test that can diagnose osteoarthritis (OA) in its early stages, potentially leading to earlier treatment for the debilitating disease and enhanced quality of life for arthritis patients. The test also can differentiate between OA and
The term arthritis is used to describe a variety of rheumatic diseases that result in inflammation of the joints. While stiffness, limited range of motion, and swelling all are common symptoms of arthritis, the hallmark feature of most arthritides is pain in the joints. In some people this pain can
Q. I need to have a full-body MRI scan, and have heard these can be rather unpleasant. Can you offer any coping strategies?
A. Many people do find magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests unpleasant, particularly if they need to have a full-body scan that involves lying inside a narrow metal tube
Knee replacement surgery has become increasingly more common over the last 15 years, mainly because the obesity epidemic has increased the prevalence of osteoarthritis (OA) in the knee. More than 600,000 total knee replacements (TKRs) are performed each year in the U.S., according to figures from the Agency for Healthcare
Barometric pressure headaches are common among migraine sufferers, and changes in pressure, temperature, and humidity have been linked to arthritis and other painful conditions.
In the vast majority of people with psoriasis, the skin disease precedes the arthritis, but 10 to 15 percent of people will have both skin and joint symptoms. Having the skin disease does not guarantee that you’ll develop psoriatic arthritis; in fact, only 15 percent of people with psoriasis are
Q. Should I wear a knee brace for my arthritic knee while exercising or will this further weaken the knee joint?
A. If pain from your arthritic joints is impeding your exercise, a brace can allow you to do more with less pain. Generally, wear the brace only when you require
If you are one of the millions of women with the degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis (OA), you know how much of a toll it takes. OA of the knee is one of the top five causes of disability among community-living adults; more than 75 percent of OA patients report