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
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Pain behind the knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.
Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead
Q. I’ve heard that painkillers can be dangerous—even over-the-counter painkillers. What are some of the possible negative effects of these drugs?
A. Most of us don’t think twice about reaching for an ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for pain relief. But if you suffer from
Our ankles are complex structures composed of four bones, the tibia and fibula (bones of the lower leg), the calcaneus (heel bone), and the talus (a small bone between the tibia, fibula and calcaneus), along with multiple tendons and ligaments.
Cushioning between the bones in the ankle is provided by
Among osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis medications, acetaminophen (found in Tylenol, Datril, and several forms of Excedrin) is generally safe and effective for relieving pain, although not inflammation. It’s especially known for relieving pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.
Some studies have shown that it is as effective as naproxen
Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered by many women to be a normal part of aging, and many women feel its effects, such as creaky knees, sore hips, and throbbing fingers, after age 50. Unfortunately, you cannot stop OA once it begins, but you can take measures to slow its progression and
It’s often painfully clear if you have arthritis. Aching and swollen joints from both rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) are constant reminders of the impact these conditions have on your body. Now, research is showing the damaging effects of arthritis go beyond the joints and can actually increase your