Alternative treatment options—also known as complementary therapies—can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated. In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire”
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis and a leading cause of chronic pain and disability, affecting approximately 30 million people in the United States alone. It is a degenerative disease that begins with deterioration of the cartilage in synovial joints. Cartilage serves as a protective pad between
Every few years, a new “superfood” hits the internet and becomes all the craze. Now is unlike any other time as drinking bone broth for health benefits has become the latest fad on social media. But, is bone broth really healthy? The answer depends on how it is made.
With more than 30 muscles, 27 bones, three nerves, and multiple ligaments and tendons, the hand and wrist area is one of the most complex structures in the body. The wrist is not just a joint; it’s several small joints. The hand is arguably the most used appendage of the
We sometimes associate hip problems with elderly adults—women more often than men—who have fallen and suffered a fractured hip. But middle-aged and not-yet-elderly individuals can have a variety of hip problems in addition to fractures. The type of injury or condition affects symptoms as well as treatment. With luck, the
Shoulder pain is the third-most-common musculoskeletal complaint seen by primary care physicians, and between 16 and 34 percent of the general population have the condition. More than 30 injuries and conditions cause shoulder pain, and most of them begin to develop between the ages of 40 to 60.
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If you are one of the millions of women with osteoarthritis (OA), you know how much of a toll it takes. OA of the knee is one of the top five causes of disability among community-living adults; more than 75 percent of OA patients report having some type of limited
Assuming that your knee pain problem is not due to an acute injury—a broken bone or a life-threatening infection, for example—the first rule among knee pain remedies is to rest. Stop doing whatever it is that’s causing the pain.
This advice is especially true in cases of osteoarthritis (OA) as well
For many people with arthritis, drug treatment is only part of their day-to-day disease management. Exercise, supplements, splints, assistive devices, dietary change, and alternative and thermal therapies offer patients the opportunity to take control of their arthritis and improve their quality of life.
The field of exercise and alternative therapies is