Arthritis

An Early Sign of Knee Arthritis?

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.

Where to Rehab After Joint Replacement Surgery

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.

Fibromyalgia Relief: What Works?

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.…

Degenerative Meniscal Tears: Osteoarthritis Increases Risk

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…

Don’t Go Overboard with Ibuprofen

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…

Unproven Lyme Disease Treatments Carry Serious Risks

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).

Think Twice About Bilateral Knee Replacement

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.

Opioids After Joint Replacement Surgery: Are You at Risk for Long-Term Use?

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…

How to Get a Grip on Hand 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.

Can Fatty Fish Tame Your RA Symptoms?

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.