Some doctors prescribe opioids for chronic muscle and joint pain associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis, despite a lack of research indicating they offer significant relief. But there's no question that overuse of these addictive drugs has contributed to a crisis of overdoses and deaths. So, are opioids worth the risk?
If you have arthritis of the hand, even the simplest tasks—such as twisting open a jar or lifting a bag of groceries—can seem nearly impossible as a result of pain, stiffness, and weakness. A bounty of new evidence has led to updated recommendations from the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) on how to manage this chronic and painful condition.
Many people with hip osteoarthritis (OA) can relieve pain and improve mobility with nonsurgical therapies, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
Obesity increases the risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA), but does where you carry body fat matter?
How much exercise is safe and beneficial for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other common forms of the disease? An expert panel weighs in.
Do your knees make unusual noises when you're moving? Those pops and clicks you hear coming from your knees may be the sound of arthritis beginning to take hold.
Australian researchers decided to test whether participating in an inpatient rehabilitation program after knee arthroplasty gets patients back on their feet faster. Their results may surprise you.
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.