Tag: type of arthritis

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Treating Arthritis of the Spine

Ankylosing Spondylitis: Treating Arthritis of the Spine

Back pain is a common complaint. Most often the cause is something like a pulled muscle or overstretched ligament, and it is short-lived. Deterioration of cartilage and disks in the spine can also lead to back problems. For a smaller number of people with back pain, the cause is ankylosing

Dietary Relief for Aching Joints

Whether your knees ache when you climb stairs or it hurts to bend down to tie your shoes, arthritis can be a real pain. There is no easy fix for osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis and the focus of this article. In this condition, cartilage (the covering on

Ask the Doctor: Stabbing Breast Pain; Endometriosis; Polyarthritis

Q: I’ve recently been experiencing occasional stabbing pain in my breasts. Might this be a sign of a serious problem?

A: Report the pain to your doctor, who can assess whether the pain you are experiencing is related to an underlying health problem. Assuming there isn’t one, it is likely that

Coping With Arthritis in Your Hands

Arthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it is often most noticeable when it affects the hands. While it can be painful and functionally limiting, self-help strategies and medication can help ease the symptoms.
OA or RA? The most common type of arthritis in seniors is osteoarthritis (OA), in

Foods to Avoid With Gout

Foods to Avoid With Gout

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by the accumulation of uric acid crystals in one or more joints. It most often occurs in the big toe joint, but also can affect your hands and your knees. Uric acid forms when the body breaks down purines (substances that occur naturally

Knee Replacement Surgery: When Should You Consider It?

Knee pain becomes an all-too-common ailment as you age. In fact, one-third of doctor’s visits for muscle and bone pain are knee-related. Yet for many older adults, achy knees and growing lack of mobility are often the result of osteoarthritis (OA). “This is an age-related ‘wear and tear’ type of

Lower Back Pain: Causes and Treatment

Lower Back Pain: Causes and Treatment

Lower back pain is more common than upper back pain and middle back pain. It can develop because you’ve overstretched the muscles and ligaments of your lower back, or overtaxed them while lifting a heavy object. Its origins also can lie in simple wear-and-tear over time, but in some circumstances,

Inflammatory Joint Disorder and Atherosclerosis

People who suffer from inflammatory joint disorders (IJDs) are more likely to have increased atherosclerotic cardiovascular (CV) disease risk compared with the general population.
Atherosclerosis is a disease in which plaque, comprising fat, cholesterol, and calcium, builds up in the arteries over time, narrowing the arteries and limiting the flow of

Ask the Doctors: How to Manage Food Arthritis Pain

Q: My doctor told me I have foot arthritis. How can I manage the pain?
A: Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis found in the foot. Foot arthritis commonly involves three areas: the joint in the ankle region, the arch, and the joint at the base of the

What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Q.My doctor has diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis. What is it, and how is it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can cause joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, nail changes and overall fatigue. Because its symptoms are

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