Tag: arthritis

Fruitcakes and Cookies and Cocktails, Oh My!

Ah, ’tis the season of indulgence! It starts with leftover Halloween candy and doesn’t end until the New Year’s Eve-induced fog has cleared. Throw in several dashes of shopping and wassailing and it’s also peak time for increased stress in addition to the stress already felt by those who have

Knee Buckling and Falls

A new study (Arthritis Care & Research, Feb. 8) suggests that knee buckling—often described as a knee “giving way”—may indicate an increased risk for falls. Researchers looked at seven years of data on 1,842 seniors, average age 67, all of whom had (or were at high risk for) knee osteoarthritis,

Birch Sap: Supplemental Benefits?

Q. Is birch sap a beneficial supplement?

A. Birch sap, sometimes called birch water or birch juice, is collected during winter and spring from birch trees. It has been a traditional beverage in many European countries for centuries, supplying important nutrients during winter when food may be scarce. The sap contains

What You Need to Know About Joint Replacement

There are many misconceptions that patients with osteoarthritis (OA) tend to have about joint replacement surgery, and that’s just fine with Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Trevor Murray, MD.
“It’s definitely not a decision to rush into without understanding the risks. Knee joint replacement isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to OA knee pain,

Handling Hand Arthritis

From helping you perform the simplest task, to aiding with an intricate accomplishment of painting or playing an instrument, your hands are a go-to daily tool. But when your hands start to hurt from osteoarthritis (OA), your day can become complicated, according to Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Steven Maschke, MD.
“Opening

Managing Hip OA With a Hands-On Approach

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition for many over the age of 60. Yet, for some the condition is genetic, making it unavoidable.
Dawn Fuller of Cleveland, Ohio, understands how heredity plays a role in her joint health. With a brother who underwent two total hip replacements in his early 40s,

Better Your Balance and Improve Your Health

Winter can be a challenging season. If you have arthritis, it can be even more frustrating if the elements of ice and snow make walking outside trickier than usual. As a result, the combination of arthritic joints and changes in surfaces can increase your risk of falling and serious injury.
One

Ask the Doctors: Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

Q. My dentist told me I have a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder due to arthritis. What is a TMJ disorder, and how can it cause my jaw to be in so much pain?
A. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) serves as a hinge that connects the lower jaw to the skull’s temporal

In the News: “The Pill” May Benefit Older Women with RA

Oral contraceptives (OCs) may seem useful mainly for the purpose of avoiding pregnancy, but a new study shows that taking “the pill” may benefit women who have inflammatory arthritis—regardless of their age.
Research published in Arthritis Care and Research (August 2015) found that women who used or had used oral

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