Tag: inflammatory arthritis

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,

Lifestyle is Key in Preventing Damage from Rheumatoid Arthritis

An estimated 1.3 million Americans are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and women are more than twice as likely as men to have the disease. RA is characterized by inflammation in the lining of the joints, which can lead to joint damage, chronic pain, and disability.

“RA is an autoimmune disease,

Newsbriefs: Back Surgery; Knee OA; Gout; Sleep Quality

Minimally invasive back surgery.
Recent findings from a seven-year study of 304 patients who received minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion—a low back surgery—have better outcomes than patients who have more invasive surgery, according a new study. The procedure joins two or more vertebral bones to prevent abnormal movements. It reduces

Gout: A Curable Disease That Often Is Undertreated

Gout, one of the most understood and common forms of inflammatory arthritis, is not only treatable, but curable as well. Yet, researchers in Europe and the United States tell us that the incidence of gout continues to rise, that less than half of patients seek treatment for the specific condition,

In RA, Normal Weight May Be the Patient’s Best Friend

In a study of 944 patients diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) within the last 12 months, investigators found that both those who were either significantly underweight or overweight/obese were less likely to achieve sustained remission than patients with normal body mass index (BMI).
“Having an elevated BMI is clearly linked to

Q&A: Anemia; Glycemic-Index; Aspirin Therapy

Q. What are the symptoms and causes of anemia, and what should I do if I suspect I have the condition?
A. Symptoms of anemia include fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, headache, cold hands or feet, pale skin, and chest pain. Anemia can result from several causes:

3. Managing Other Conditions

Whether we are aware of it or not, our skin is engaged in an around-the-clock fight against forces from within and without. Regardless of the direction from which they come, if these conditions, disorders, and diseases prevail, even on a temporary basis, the results can be painful and unsightly. Box

Bursitis: Hip, Knee, and Other Targets

Bursitis: Hip, Knee, and Other Targets

Bursae are thin sac-like structures located throughout the body whose function is to alleviate the pressure or friction between bones and adjacent soft tissue such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin. There are more than 160 different bursae in the average person’s body; some bursae are just under the skin

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