Tag: mobility

Options for Treating Degenerative Disc Disease

Your intervertebral discs—the small, donut-shaped structures located between each of the vertebrae in your spine—are less than two inches in diameter, but they are essential to your mobility. Healthy discs provide cushioning between your vertebrae and allow your spine to move and bend. The discs also keep enough space open

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse weather and

Binge Eating Disorder: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Binge Eating Disorder: What It Is and How It’s Treated

Remember that time you cleared your second plate and then went whole hog at the Thanksgiving dessert table? You may not recall the exact foods you ate, but the bloating, nausea, and discomfort that ensued are likely etched into your brain. Now imagine suffering these feelings multiple times a week,

8. Arthritis and Exercise

The pain, stiffness, and restricted movement that accompany arthritis may seem like a good reason to curl up in bed,  but exercise is beneficial in mild-to-moderate arthritis. The benefits include:

Healing. Exercise increases blood circulation and oxygenation within joint tissue, promoting repair.
Lower risk of complications. Exercise helps protect against complications that

7. Arthritis Surgery

Surgery may be considered as part of arthritis treatment when medication is no longer enough to manage your symptoms. The decision to head down the surgical route is a balancing act—you’ll need to consider your current symptoms and level of disability, and weigh them against the potential benefits, risks, and

5. Other Types of Arthritis

There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

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

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