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Partial or Total Knee Replacement for Osteoarthritis?

People with osteoarthritis who need a knee replacement may do just as well—or even better—with a partial replacement rather than a total replacement, according to a 2019 study in The Lancet.

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain Should Not Be a Barrier to Exercise

If you have knee osteoarthritis, don’t use your sore knees as an excuse to stop exercising. That’s the message from a study by Canadian researchers published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Exercise Precautions for Older Adults with Arthritis

Exercise can be a double-edged sword if you’re an active older adult. But if you have arthritis you may wonder whether the aches and pains you sometimes feel when exercising—as well as a risk of sustaining an injury or exacerbating your condition—are sometimes worth the effort. Rest assured that exercise is so good for you that…

Yoga for Arthritis

If you have arthritis, practicing yoga may offer a therapeutic two-for-one deal. Not only can yoga make you more limber and strong, but its emphasis on breathing exercises and meditation can help lighten the psychological burden of coping with chronic pain from all forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The key is to be…

Study Identifies Potential Early Warning Signs of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Subtle signs of rheumatoid arthritis may appear up to two years before this chronic disease is diagnosed, according to a study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Rheumatology Group Backs Biosimilars

Biosimilars are a safe, effective, and affordable alternative to biologic drugs, according to a report from the American College of Rheumatology.

What You Should Know Before Knee Replacement Surgery

Researchers have pinpointed several factors associated with an increased risk of serious infections after knee replacement. If you're planning to have surgery, here's advice to help reduce your risk.

Musculoskeletal Pain, Swollen Joints? Don’t Overlook Lupus

Lupus, or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system mistakenly attacks many parts of the body, including the joints. Results from a recent survey show that the condition is often misdiagnosed and that patients' symptoms are often discounted.

Tai Chi: Worth a Try for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects approximately 5 million adults, primarily women, and appears to be more common among people with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and the presence of "tender points" are characteristic symptoms. Physical activity improves fibromyalgia symptoms, and a study published last year in BMJ suggests that tai chi is a good…

Treated Clothing Kills Ticks that Spread Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can cause a range of symptoms, including a form of arthritis referred to as Lyme arthritis. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that an insecticide derived from chrysanthemums can help protect you from ticks that spread the disease.