Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a potentially debilitating form of arthritis that affects more than 1.3 million Americans and 1 percent of the population worldwide. The condition is considered an autoimmune disease because instead of protecting the body by making it immune to outside forces, it attacks healthy tissue for unknown … Read More
Joint inflammation is easily recognizable—it's a condition that affects 80 percent of the world’s population. You’ll know inflammation by its symptoms: pain, warmth, redness, swelling, and perhaps loss of joint function. The symptoms are uncomfortable but manageable with rest, ice, compression, elevation—the classic "RICE" treatment—and a non-steroidal … Read More
Old sports injuries. Repetitive stress. Swollen joints from "rheumatism." Whatever the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms you may be experiencing, the next strategy is to come up with ways to beat it. Options for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) treatment range from prescribed medications to simple Read More
It isn’t just wear and tear on a joint and/or an autoimmune condition that can cause arthritis. A subtype called septic arthritis can develop if bacteria enters the body and travels through the bloodstream to a joint.
Septic arthritis tends to occur most often in the knee joint; … Read More
From knee replacement alternatives like arthroscopy to total joint replacement, surgeons can employ a variety of techniques to ease joint pain and improve function. Which procedure is right for you depends on the type and severity of arthritis you have, the joint affected, your age, and overall health.
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Many patients who come to seek hip replacement surgery have reached the breaking point with their hip arthritis. Their pain is nearly incessant, their functionality is greatly diminished, and their quality of life is abysmal. But everything changes once they go under the knife. Indeed, a total hip replacement can be … Read More
Many of my patients undergo total knee replacement, and the procedure can result in significant functional improvement for older adults affected by knee osteoarthritis. Joint replacement surgery in general is usually considered only after other treatment options have been exhausted, but it’s an area where I feel it … Read More
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 … Read More
For severe osteoarthritis, surgeons are now creating implants for shoulders, ankles, wrists, even knuckles. If your arthritis can’t be resolved with pain meds and therapy, surgery might be in order. Let’s take it from the bottom….
Ankle Replacement Surgery?
Options to consider: Try other options, of course, before an ankle replacement. … Read More
The term arthritis is used to describe a variety of rheumatic diseases that result in inflammation of the joints. While stiffness, limited range of motion, and swelling all are common symptoms of arthritis, the hallmark feature of most arthritides is pain in the joints. In some … Read More