Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, but the term also is more loosely used to describe any disorder that affects the joints. It is a symptom, rather than a specific disease. Arthritic conditions fall into a wider disease category known as “rheumatic diseases.” There are more than 100 types, each with
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Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.
What is gout? It’s
Research suggests that as many as 65 percent of older adults experience joint pain. Often the discomfort may simply be due to exertion, particularly if you experience pain after strenuous exercise. “In this case, ice and rest should help,” says David C. Thomas, MD, professor of medicine and rehabilitation medicine
Acrucial weapon in the fight against arthritis is medication that, in some cases, slows disease progression as well as easing pain, maximizing joint function, and improving quality of life. There is no one-size-fits-all solution—trial and error may be required to find the drug (or drug combination) that works for you.
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of
If you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or don’t wake up in the morning feeling refreshed, you’re not alone. As we age, sleep patterns become more fragmented and we wake up more easily—two factors that often prevent us from getting a good seven to nine hours of sleep each
Almost any list of the most commonly reported pain conditions places back pain at or near the top. In a National Institute of Health Statistics survey regarding the most common types of pain, 27 percent of the respondents mentioned back pain first.
Risk Factors for Back Pain
Back pain does not discriminate.
According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly
Despite being such a common ailment, back pain is not completely understood. More than 85 percent of all cases have a diagnosis of “nonspecific low back pain.” Nonspecific pain means that all potentially serious diagnoses have been ruled out, but the cause of the pain is still unknown. Many patients
Just about everyone experiences low back pain at some point. You might strain your back while lifting, twist the wrong way, or sit or sleep in an awkward position.
The good news is that you probably can find relief without surgery or other invasive treatments—and maybe even without medications. In its