Bones & Joints


Aids for Arthritis 800-654-0707 1019 A Industrial Dr. West Berlin, NJ 08091 American Academy of Medical Acupuncture 310-379-8261 2512 Artesia Blvd., Suite 200 Redondo Beach, CA 90278 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 847-823-7186 9400 West Higgins Rd. Rosemont, IL 60018 American College of Rheumatology … Read More


analgesic: Class of drugs that includes most painkillers. anesthesia: State of partial or complete loss of sensation and, sometimes, loss of consciousness. anesthetic: Drug that temporarily blocks pain. arthroscopy: Minimally invasive surgical procedure. atherosclerosis: Disease characterized by enlarging deposits (plaques) of certain fats (including cholesterol) and/or calcium on the inside … Read More

11. Conclusion

Every year, researchers, physicians, and health-care providers make new advances toward solving the problems associated with arthritis. Sometimes the advances are in diagnosis. In other years, it’s treatment or rehabilitation. This year, it was all three. New imaging technology and greater understanding of the role of genetics and biomarkers have … Read More

9. Exercise and Nutrition as Arthritis Treatment

According to the Arthritis Foundation, physical activity is the best non-drug treatment for improving pain and function in osteoarthritis (OA). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that participating in joint-friendly physical activity can improve pain, joint function, mood, and quality of life for people with arthritis. Even … Read More

6. Other Types of Arthritis

hile you likely are familiar with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and gout, you may not be aware that there are 100 types of arthritis—and you may not know that some health conditions you have heard of (for example, fibromyalgia and lupus) are considered to be forms of arthritis. In this … Read More

5. Gout and Pseudogout

Gout affects up to 8 million Americans, and occurs when sharp crystal-like deposits form in the joints. Similar deposits also characterize a condition called pseudogout; however, they are derived from calcium. It is important to accurately diagnose gout and pseudogout, since the conditions are treated differently. Gout Gout is a … Read More

4. Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is chronic and inflammatory, but it differs from osteoarthritis (OA) in several ways. For example, RA is an autoimmune disease that attacks joints; in OA, the joints wear out. RA affects significantly fewer people than OA: 1.5 million compared to more than 30 million. RA also develops … Read More

3. Osteoarthritis

Five words have been used to describe osteoarthritis (OA)—progressive, degenerative, inflammatory, chronic, and insidious. OA is progressive because its symptoms slowly but surely get worse over a lifetime, eventually causing disability and a diminished quality of life. It often begins with a single joint (the knee or hip, for example), … Read More

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