People who have fibromyalgia often live with chronic widespread pain that prevents them from performing simple tasks many of us take for granted, such as sweeping the floor, taking the dog for a walk, or driving to work. The condition affects more than 3.7 million Americans; most are women between the ages of 40 and 75. People with rheumatoid arthritis or other rheumatic diseases, such as lupus, are at greater risk for developing it. Here's a look at treatment options that may provide relief.
A degenerative, or age-related, meniscal tear develops gradually as repeated everyday movements wear down the cartilage. A weak meniscus can tear with no or minimal trauma, such as when standing up or getting out of a car—actions that could include an awkward turn of a bent knee while the other foot is planted. Degenerative tears are common in people who have osteoarthritis.
Many people who regularly take the pain reliever ibuprofen unknowingly exceed the daily dosing limits, according to a study in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety. Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). And NSAIDs, especially when taken long term or overused, have a range of potential adverse effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding, increased risk of heart attacks and strokes, and kidney damage.
Patients with persistent joint pain and other symptoms of Lyme disease are often offered unproven treatments that can cause serious and even life-threatening adverse effects, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The advantages of a bilateral knee replacement—when both knees are replaced at the same time—might seem obvious. But most experts agree that this controversial practice has its downsides. Here's what you should know.
A small, but significant, portion of patients who receive prescriptions for opioid pain killers after undergoing joint replacement surgery will begin using the drugs long term, according to a study published online last year in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. Knowing which patients are most likely to become persistent opioid users could allow physicians to prescribe alternative therapies for managing postoperative pain.
For many people, hand strength declines with age, especially if arthritis sets in, making it hard to go about daily tasks. Hand exercises may bring some symptom relief.
Eating fatty fish at least twice a week may help ease your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) symptoms, suggest findings from a study published last year in Arthritis Care & Research.
Canadian researchers have validated advice that doctors give patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA): Getting regular exercise will reduce pain and improve function. But their research also emphasizes what types of exercise an effective regimen should include.
Getting more fiber may help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee, according to a 2017 study in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, which assessed the diets of thousands of people in the Osteoarthritis Initiative study, using food frequency questionnaires.
Researchers have validated advice that doctors give patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA): Getting regular exercise will reduce pain and improve function. But their research also emphasizes that an effective regimen should include ...
Total knee replacement sounds like a complete solution, similar to getting a new tire for your car. Unfortunately, surgeons can't yet make a knee ravaged by arthritis as good as new. And anyone contemplating total knee replacement, also known as total knee arthroplasty, should consider its potential risks and limitations in addition to its benefits.
Brushing your teeth, buttoning your shirt, opening a jar—these are routine daily activities that most people take for granted. But if you have arthritis and it affects your hands, performing these and other basic tasks can be challenging. Fortunately, exercising your hands can help reduce the pain, improve your range of motion, and ultimately, enable you to perform more easily the various tasks of daily living.
Pain, fatigue, reduced range of motion in the joints, loss of muscle strength—experiencing any one of these arthritis-related symptoms can make driving challenging.