Arthritis & Joint Conditions Sitemap - Page 1 2016-09-26

Inflectra - Remicade Biosimilar Approved for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Inflectra is the first biosimilar approved by the FDA for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis. Inflectra is a biosimilar to Remicade.

FDA Panel on Safety Of 4 Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs
The newer arthritis drugs have been reassessed for safety. Here's our breakdown of what they examined.

Ergonomic Pens, Pencils, Markers for People With Arthritis
Ergonomically-designed pens help ease writing fatigue for people with arthritis or other conditions which affect the hands and fingers.

Prednisone Use - Weighing the Benefits and Risks
Prednisone use must involve weighing risks and benefits. Prednisone, one of the corticosteroids, is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug.

Are Pools & Spas Tax Deductible As Medical Expenses?
The expense of some major home improvements, such as pools, spas, elevators, lifts, and ramps may be tax deductible.

Dating Advice for People With Arthritis
Arthritis can be a spoiler when you are dating. While you should not ignore your physical limitations, it's important to focus on what's important about your relationship.

Hip Replacement Diary: Pre-Op and Post-Op Thoughts
Pre-op and post-op thoughts of Carol Eustice as she went through a revision hip replacement, from the autologous blood donation to physical therapy.

Can Acetaminophen and NSAIDs Be Taken Together?
Arthritis patients often take NSAIDs and over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen. Can you take NSAIDs and acetaminophen together?

What Is a Spondyloarthropathy?
A spondyloarthropathy is a condition that is part of a group of closely related inflammatory rheumatic diseases. Psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis are in the group.

Easily Accessible Kitchen Shelves
Make sure you can easily reach what you need from your kitchen shelves without straining your muscles and hurting your joints.

Rocker Knife or Specialty Knives
Specially designed knives, such as rocker knives, can make cutting and chopping easier for people with arthritis.

Crockpot Convenience
Crockpot recipes are simple, one-pot nutritious meals. Crockpots are helpful for people with arthritis, making cooking more simple.

Soup is Soothing
Chicken soup for the soul is a common phrase, but truly it is a simple meal that is healthful and soothing to people who feel ill or who are in pain.

Plan to Have Leftovers
Making extra and planning for leftovers will be welcome on days you don't feel like cooking. Make twice as much and freeze what's left.

Store Foods Conveniently
Store foods conveniently so they are easy for you to access. Get storage containers which are easy to open and easy to use.

Cooking Tips for People With Arthritis
Cooking can be difficult for people with arthritis who live with physical limitations, pain, and fatigue. We compiled 10 tips to make cooking easier.

Use Pots and Pans with Two Handles
Pots and pans with two handles are safer and cause less strain on painful arthritic joints.

Food Processors Compensate for Poor Manual Dexterity
Food processors are a necessity in the kitchen, especially for people with arthritis who have difficulty with fine cooking tasks like chopping, cutting, and slicing.

Kitchen Stool is an Important Tool
A kitchen stool is as important to a cook with arthritis as any other cooking tool in their kitchen. When standing in the kitchen wears you down, be ready to pull up a stool.

What Is Synovial Fluid Analysis?
Synovial fluid analysis, a diagnostic procedure used to determine the cause of joint problems, can provide your doctor with valuable information.

Vasculitis - What You Need to Know
Vasculitis is a rare condition that involves inflammation of the blood vessels. Learn about symptoms and types of vasculitis.

ANA Test (Antinuclear Antibody Test) - What Does It Reveal?
The ANA test is a blood test used to detect the presence of antinuclear antibodies which may be associated with specific autoimmune diseases.

Types of Pain - An Excerpt from "Healing Pain"
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Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis - Very Different Conditions
Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are two very different conditions with little in common, however, the similarity of their names causes confusion.

Toradol - Injectable Pain Relief for Arthritis
Toradol is an injectable drug which can be given to arthritis patients for short-term pain relief. It is used to mask pain and keep athletes in the game, too.

Weather and Arthritis - Is There a Connection?
Many people with arthritis claim that weather affects how they feel. Does it really? Is there a connection between weather and arthritis?

What Is Supartz?
Supartz, a therapeutic injection used in viscosupplementation, is approved for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis in patients who have failed to respond to conservative treatment options.

Tips for Self-Injecting Arthritis Drugs
Self-injection has been an option for methotrexate for a number of years, but now several arthritis drugs require self-injection.

What Is Arthri-D?
You may have seen the infomercial for Arthri-D. What is it and does it work for arthritis?

What Is Causing Your Knee Pain? (Illustrated)
Knee pain can be associated with several different causes. What is causing your knee pain? Let's start by comparing it to a structurally normal knee.

Knee Pain Causes: Synovial Joint Fluid
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Inflamed Synovium in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Synovitis develops with rheumatoid arthritis of the knee. As the disease progresses, there can be erosion of cartilage and bone.

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Breakdown of cartilage occurs with osteoarthritis of the knee.

Specific Location of Knee Pain
Identifying the precise location of pain can help diagnose the cause of knee pain.

Arthritis Diagnosis - An Overview
To accurately diagnose arthritis, information is derived from your medical history, physical examination, laboratory tests, and medical imaging.

What Is De Quervain's Tenosynovitis?
De Quervain's tenosynovitis involves inflammation of the lining of the sheath of two tendons located on the side of the wrist at​ the base of the thumb.

What Is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a type of arthritis which affects bone density. You can lower your risk with proper nutrition and exercise and manage with medication.

Pregnancy and Arthritis - Overcoming Difficulties
Having chronic arthritis can complicate the choice of motherhood and pregnancy. There is a lot to consider and your doctor's advice is needed.

NSAIDs - What You Should Know
NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are commonly prescribed arthritis medications. Do you know all of these NSAIDs facts?

Preventing Blood Clots After Total Hip Replacement
Blood clots can occur after total hip replacement surgery, but there are steps you can take to prevent them and signs to help you identify them early.

Joint Hypermobility and Fibromyalgia - What's the Connection?
The association between fibromyalgia and joint hypermobility is not totally understood. Is there a connection?

Joint Replacement Surgery - Are You Too Young?
Joint replacement is not always considered an option for young people with arthritis. However, not all doctors share that perspective.

B-Cell Lymphocyte Depletion Therapy: Is Progress Being Made?
How far have we come with B-cell lymphocyte depletion therapy?

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Gout Diet - Foods to Avoid
Diet is important if you have gout. Learn which foods to avoid – from mussels to spinach.

Diet and Arthritis - The Link Is Complex
Most types of arthritis are unaffected by specific diet, but nutritious eating is important for everyone. Read about allergens and diet guidelines.

Social Security Disability Insurance Determination - Do You Qualify?
Specific criteria must be met to qualify for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance).

Social Security Disability Benefits and Arthritis
How does a person with arthritis qualify for Social Security disability benefits? The Social Security evaluation process is explained.

Yoga: A Mind-Body Intervention for Arthritis
Yoga, which initially was a spiritual practice originating in India, may offer health benefits to people living with arthritis or other chronic diseases.

The Role of Substance P in Arthritis and Inflammation
Substance P is involved in numerous physiologic actions within the body, including the inflammatory process and arthritis.

What Is Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?
Oligoarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis is a subtype of juvenile idiopathic arthritis which involves fewer than 5 joints.

What Is Ulnar Drift?
Ulnar drift (also called ulnar deviation) is a common characteristic associated with rheumatoid arthritis. It can occur with some other conditions as well.

Medical Marijuana and Arthritis
Medical marijuana is in the news more than ever and gaining support. Is medical marijuana recommended for arthritis pain?

Rayos (prednisone) - What Should You Know
Rayos (prednisone) is a delayed-release medication to treat a wide range of diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.

Stem Cell Research: Adult and Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Stem cell research could lead to possible cures for many serious diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and scleroderma.

What Is Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD)?
Mixed Connective Tissue Disease is an autoimmune condition which has characteristics of systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and polymyositis.

Hip Pain - What You Should Know
There are several possible causes of hip pain. Injury and arthritis are two of the common causes. Learn more about hip pain.

I Was a Teenager With Arthritis
Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 19, I spent a long time denying how much the disease would affect my life.

Neck Pain - An Overview
Neck pain can range from mild to severe. Most often, neck pain is due to mechanical causes but it can be systemic.

Prevent Colds or Flu When on Immunosuppressive Drugs
How can people who take immunosuppressive drugs for rheumatic disease prevent colds, flu, and infection? Here are our suggestions.

Is Small Joint Replacement an Option for the Hands and Feet?
Joint replacement is common for knees and hips. Prostheses for the small bones of hands and feet are not as successful or developed.

How Are Enbrel, Remicade, and Humira Similar and Different?
Enbrel, Remicade and Humira are all immunosuppressant drugs called tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. Learn their similarities and differences.

Arthrotec (diclofenac/misprostol) - What You Need to Know
Arthrotec, generic diclofenac with misoprostol, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis.

COX-2 Inhibitors - Targeting an Inflammation Enzyme
COX-2 inhibitors are a class of drugs which selectively inhibit COX-2, an enzyme involved in the inflammation pathway. But only one remains on the market in the U.S.

Do Turmeric Supplements Help Arthritis?
Turmeric is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Is the supplement beneficial for arthritis?

The Long Wait for Your Surgery Date
Typically, there is a long wait until your surgery date, especially for elective procedures, such as joint replacement surgery. Use the time wisely.

15 Diet Myths and Facts
With so many products and weight loss theories out there, it's easy to get confused. What really works?

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Maintaining Your Ideal Weight With Arthritis
It is important for arthritis patients to maintain their ideal weight.

Shoulder Arthritis - An Overview
There are two joints in the shoulder -- the acromioclavicular joint and the glenohumeral joint. Both of the joints may be affected by shoulder arthritis.

Living With Rheumatoid Arthritis: My Biggest Regrets
Carol Eustice, Arthritis expert and author of two arthritis books, shares her regrets after more than 4 decades of living with rheumatoid arthritis.

Is SAM-e as Effective as NSAIDs for Osteoarthritis?
A government report evaluated the efficacy of SAM-e compared to traditional prescription drugs for the treatment of depression, osteoarthritis, and some liver conditions.

What Is SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine)?
SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine), an over-the-counter dietary supplement, claims benefits for treating both osteoarthritis and depression.

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What Is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD)?
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) typically affects one of your extremities and is characterized by continuous pain.

How Is Rheumatoid Arthritis Diagnosed?
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is based on multiple criteria, not simply a single test result.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments Do Not Increase Breast Cancer Risk
Research shows no evidence to date that rheumatoid arthritis treatments increase the risk of breast cancer.

Over One-Third of People With Arthritis Get No Exercise
Many people with arthritis do not exercise at all, even though remaining active can relieve arthritis symptoms.

6 Reasons to Exercise With Arthritis
Arthritis patients sometimes resist exercise, fearing it will make their condition worse, but exercise really should be part of their treatment regimen.

How to Prevent Slips and Falls
Slips and falls have many causes, but usually have one thing in common. They could have been prevented.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoporosis
People with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk for osteoporosis. Other risk factors should not be ignored.

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Osteoporosis Prevention: Role of Calcium and Vitamin D
Two nutrients in particular, calcium and vitamin D, are needed for strong bones.

Nerve Pain - What You Need to Know
Nerve pain may be caused by any irritation or injury to a nerve.

Psoriatic Arthritis Treatment Recommendations
Psoriatic arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis also associated with psoriasis. Treatment recommendations focus on skin and joint aspects.

Stelara (ustekinumab) - What You Should Know
Stelara (ustekinumab) was FDA-approved for the treatment of plaque psoriasis and later for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.

What Is "Chronic Lyme Disease"?

James Coburn: Did MSM Cure His Rheumatoid Arthritis?
During a backstage interview at the Oscars, veteran actor James Coburn reportedly claimed MSM helped to cure his rheumatoid arthritis.

Methotrexate and Pregnancy
Is it safe for arthritis patients to take methotrexate while pregnant or while trying to become pregnant? Does methotrexate harm the fetus?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Shortens Life Expectancy
Rheumatoid arthritis is typically thought of as a chronic disease, not a fatal one. Learn about studies that indicate that thinking may need to change.

Is Methotrexate Considered Chemotherapy?
Methotrexate is a drug that is used to treat cancer (chemotherapy). In lower doses, methotrexate is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD).

Otrexup (methotrexate) - What You Should Know
Otrexup is a single-dose autoinjector which delivers methotrexate to patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Journal Writing Is the "Write" Treatment for Arthritis
Journal writing can serve as a vehicle for the expression of negative emotions. Study shows journal writing about stress improved symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

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Partial Knee Replacement - What You Need to Know
When considering surgical replacement of an arthritic knee, you should understand the benefits and risks of partial knee replacement versus total knee replacement.

What Is Lupus Myelitis?
Actress Kristen Johnston has lupus myelitis, a rare complication of lupus. Lupus myelitis is considered a form of transverse myelitis.

What Is Gouty Arthritis?
Gouty arthritis refers to a form of arthritis caused by deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid.

How to Treat Gout With Diet and Medication
Gout attacks can be controlled or prevented by dietary changes and the use of certain medications.

Gout Tophi (Tophus) - What Is It?
Tophi can form during the advanced stage of gout. Tophi are sodium urate monohydrate crystal deposits.

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How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. Fibromyalgia treatment often requires a team approach.

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6 Ways to Become Less Sedentary
Being sedentary is not optimal for your health. Here are ways arthritis patients can become less sedentary.

Joining a Fitness Club or Gym Can Benefit People With Arthritis
It's difficult for people with arthritis to stick with an exercise routine at home. Joining a fitness club or gym offers many benefits and may be what you need.

Is Celebrex the Safest Anti-Inflammatory Drug?
Here's our overview of Celebrex and the studies being conducted to determine what non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS) or COX-2 inhibitor is the safest.

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Are Nightshade Vegetables Bad for Arthritis?
Nightshade vegetables, also simply referred to as nightshades, have been tagged as a trigger for arthritis. Has that theory been proven?

Anti-Inflammatory Diet May Help Arthritis
Certain dietary selections may have an anti-inflammatory effect. These changes in your diet can also help decrease arthritis symptoms.

Differentiating Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. While about 1.5 million people have rheumatoid arthritis, nearly 10 times as many have osteoarthritis.

Arthritis More Prevalent in Women Than Men
Arthritis affects women more than men. This is true for many, but not all types of arthritis.

Arthritis Treatment - What You Should Expect
Since there is no cure for arthritis, patients often are confused by the goals of treatment. What should you expect from your arthritis treatment?

What Is Vectra DA?
Vectra DA is a multi-biomarker blood test that measures disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis.

What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries?
Repetitive stress injuries are caused by overuse and repeated motions. The group of conditions primarily affect the soft tissues, including the nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Is Arthritis Contagious?
People around you may want to know if arthritis is contagious. Is it possible for arthritis to spread from person to person?

Arthritis Patients Should Not Neglect Oral Health
Oral health is important for everyone. Arthritis patients, especially, should not neglect taking care of oral health.

Bone Density Test - Who Should Have It and How Often?
A bone density test can assess the strength or weakness of your bones by determining the bone mass. Who should have a bone density test and how often?

Ankle Replacement - What You Need to Know
Ankle replacement surgery became available in the 1970s but early designs were failures. New options are currently available and under investigation.

Total Knee Replacement & Rehabilitation - Knee Replacement
A step-by-step guide to the pre-op, surgery, and post-op phase of total knee replacement.

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Knee Arthritis - An Overview
Knee arthritis is one cause of knee pain. Knee arthritis can affect mobility and be disabling, especially if untreated.

Risedronate (Actonel) May Slow Joint Destruction In Knee Osteoarthritis
Risedronate brand name Actonel, a drug typically utilized to combat the effects of osteoporosis, may slow joint destruction and delay the need for joint replacement surgery in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Corticosteroid-Induced Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know
Corticosteroid-induced osteoporosis is both preventable and treatable. Corticosteroids are the most common cause of drug-induced osteoporosis.

What Is a Pain Management Doctor?
A pain management doctor is a specialist who utilizes various treatment options to reduce pain. These treatments include medication and other options.

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Osteoporosis Prevention For Kids: A Guide for Parents
Building healthy bones in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life.

Infusion Reactions and Injection Site Reactions
An infusion reaction or injection site reaction can occur with biologic drugs used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs in the Pipeline
There are drugs currently in development for rheumatoid arthritis. What's in the drug pipeline for rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Linked To Cancer
Rheumatoid arthritis drugs, specifically Humira and Remicade reportedly increase the risk of cancer and serious infection.

Are Antidepressants Effective for Chronic Pain Conditions?
Antidepressants are sometimes prescribed for patients with chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. How do they work?

Are Potassium Levels Affected by Arthritis Medications?
Potassium levels can be affected by certain medications. Potassium levels in the blood can be abnormally high or low due to medication side effects.

What Is Migratory Arthritis?
Migratory arthritis is a pattern of joint involvement rather than a specific type arthritis. With migratory arthritis, the disease travels from one or more joints to other joints.

What Are Drug Side Effects?
Drug side effects are unintended, adverse effects that can develop with medication use. Severe reactions should be dealt with immediately, while others may be manageable.

Who Gets Arthritis?
Nearly 53 million people in the U.S. have arthritis. Who gets arthritis? Do we all eventually develop the disease?

Why You Should Know Your Type of Arthritis
It's important to know which type of arthritis you have. You don't just have arthritis. You have a specific type of arthritis.

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Lyme Disease Photo Gallery
Ticks are known vectors for the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease. The photo gallery shows the ticks, spirochetes, and other aspects of Lyme disease.

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Corticosteroids Provide Quick Relief From Severe Inflammation
Corticosteroids are potent drugs which can control inflammation quickly. There are potential undesirable side effects if the drugs are taken for long duration or at a high dose.

DMARDs Slow Progression of Inflammatory Arthritis
Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are prescribed for inflammatory types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis. DMARDs slow progression of the disease and decrease the risk of joint damage.

Biologics Target Specific Proteins Associated With Inflammatory Arthritis
Biologics are genetically engineered from a living organism. The drugs, administered by intravenous infusion or subcutaneous injection, target specific proteins associated with inflammatory arthritis.

Analgesics Are Used to Relieve Arthritis Pain
Analgesics are medications developed for relief of pain. There are non-narcotic analgesics and narcotic opioids. Use only as directed.

5 Main Drug Classes Used to Treat Arthritis
There are 5 main drug classes used to treat arthritis, including NSAIDs, DMARDs, corticosteroids, and more.

The Immune System - How It Works
When your immune system goes awry, arthritis can be the result. How does your immune system work?

Hip Arthritis - An Overview
Hip arthritis can be very debilitating. Learn the symptoms of hip arthritis and how your hip will be examined for diagnosis.

Sedimentation Rate (Sed Rate) and Arthritis
Learn about sedimentation rate, also called a sed rate, a blood test which detects nonspecific inflammation. It is typically ordered when a doctor suspects arthritis.

Lump Sum Social Security Disability Payment - Is It Taxable?
If you received a lump sum social security disability payment, you must know how they are handled for income tax purposes.

Ergonomic Garden Tools Are Helpful to People With Arthritis
Ergonomic garden tools help you maintain your favorite outdoor hobby and continue gardening with ease and maximum joint protection.

Behcet's Disease - An Overview
Behcet's disease was first described in 1937 by a dermatologist in Turkey. The exact cause of Behcet's disease is unknown.

Guide to Lower Back Pain
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Your doctor will determine the cause of your lower back pain, as well as if it is acute or chronic.

More Low Back Pain Treatment Options
When low back pain does not respond to conventional approaches, patients may consider other treatment options.

8 Ways to Reduce Inflammation from Arthritis
Medications are commonly prescribed as part of a regimen to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, but other solutions are helpful too.

Certain Dietary Supplements May Have Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Certain dietary supplements have anti-inflammatory properties.

Exercise Regularly to Decrease Inflammation
Exercise and regular physical activity help to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

Stop Smoking to Cut Inflammation
Smokers with arthritis have higher inflammatory markers than non-smokers.

Anti-Inflammatory Diet May Help Control Inflammation
An anti-inflammatory diet may help reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.

Maintain Your Ideal Weight and BMI
Maintaining your weight at a healthy level helps to reduce inflammation.

Cut Stress to Help Reduce Inflammation
High levels of stress have been linked to increased levels of inflammation. Cut down on stress.

Adequate Sleep May Help Lower Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is associated with arthritis and joint disease. Certain healthy habits may help lower inflammation in the body.

Control Your Weight With Regular Physical Activity
Regular physical activity can help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. Learn how to take advantage of the health benefits of physical activity.

How To Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease
Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease. There are several approaches you can use to prevent and control Lyme disease.

What Is Degenerative Disc Disease?
Degenerative disc disease is caused by deterioration of the vertebral discs. This condition is treated with heat, medications and exercise.

Wrist Fracture - What You Need to Know
Wrist fracture is the most common type of fracture before the age of 75. In women, the number of wrist fractures increases at menopause.

Facts About Robaxin (Methocarbamol) for Arthritis
Robaxin (Methocarbamol) is indicated as an adjunct to rest and physical therapy for the relief of discomfort associated with musculoskeletal conditions.

Prednisone - Top Things You Should Know
Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory medication used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis and other conditions.

Peripheral Neuropathy - Nerve Damage and Arthritis
A guide to peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves).

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Guide To Chiropractors and Treatment
Chiropractic is a form of health care that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure, primarily of the spine, and function. Learn more.

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Recognize Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia symptoms typically include widespread pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Symptoms can overlap with other rheumatic conditions.

Ways to Manage Your Arthritis Pain
Pain management helps preserve quality of life. Pain management techniques are an important part of treating people with arthritis.

Women With Lupus And Rheumatoid Arthritis Have Greater Pregnancy Complications
Women with systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis do experience more pregnancy complications and longer hospitalizations, according to a study of pregnancy outcomes in women with rheumatic disease.

Synvisc Injections May Delay Knee Surgery
Synvisc injections have shown some promising treatment results. Synvisc injections may delay knee surgery for some osteoarthritis patients.

Overview of Lupus
Learn about lupus, an autoimmune condition which can affect many parts of the body including our organs, blood vessels, and joints.

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Referred Pain Can Cause Confusion When Diagnosing Arthritis
Referred pain is defined as pain in a region that is distant from the source of the pain. Referred pain can make diagnosing arthritis more difficult.

Diagnosis of Reactive Arthritis
The diagnosis of reactive arthritis is difficult because there is no specific laboratory test to confirm that a person has it.

Is MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) a Cure for Arthritis?
Several years ago, MSM was touted as a cure for arthritis. It's not a cure, but the supplement may have some beneficial effects.

Medical Expenses for Arthritis May Be Tax Deductible
Save money on your income taxes. Learn how to maximize your allowable medical expenses for arthritis.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - An Overview
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve becomes compressed at the wrist. Here's an overview of this condition.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis
Early diagnosis and treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome is important to avoid permanent damage to the median nerve.

Arthritis - 10 Important Facts You Should Know
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, it is important to learn all that you can about the disease. These 10 facts will build your understanding.

Arthritis Can Cause Functional Limitations
Functional limitations or activity limitations may occur with arthritis.

No Arthritis Cure, But Many Treatment Options Exist
While there is no cure for most types of arthritis, there are treatment options to help manage the disease.

Don't Be Misled by Myths and Misconceptions About Arthritis
For some reason, myths and misconceptions about arthritis persist. Learn the facts so you aren't misled.

Rheumatologist Specializes in Arthritis and Rheumatic Diseases
You should consult a rheumatologist if you have symptoms of arthritis. Rheumatologists specialize in arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

Early Diagnosis and Treatment Essential for Arthritis
Early diagnosis and treatment for arthritis may help prevent joint damage and disability.

Response to Various Arthritis Treatments Can Vary
Arthritis patients typically try several medications or treatments before finding the one or the combination that works best.

Healthy Habits Can Positively Impact Arthritis
Healthy habits and a healthy lifestyle will help you live well with arthritis.

Emotional Impact of Arthritis Goes Beyond Physical Limitations
There is an emotional as well as physical impact associated with arthritis.

The Financial Impact of Arthritis Is High
The financial impact of arthritis can be high, especially if you become unable to work.

People With Arthritis Get Inadequate Sleep
People with arthritis typically deal with inadequate sleep on top of other issues. What can be done to promote better sleep?

Anemia of Chronic Disease and Iron Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is not uncommon in people with active inflammatory types of arthritis. Learn about the types of anemia and how they are diagnosed and treated.

What Is a Comorbid Condition?
A comorbidity​ refers to a condition that occurs with another condition in the same person at the same time. Is comorbidity common with arthritis?

10 Common Arthritis Mistakes
What are the most common mistakes made by arthritis patients?

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Lyme Disease Prevention, Symptoms, and Treatment
Lyme disease guide with in-depth information on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease.

Orencia - 10 Things You Should Know
Orencia is a biologic drug approved to treat certain inflammatory types of arthritis. Before using the medication, here are 10 things you should know.

Do Normal Blood Tests Rule Out Rheumatic Diseases?
Do normal blood test results rule out rheumatic disease? Here we look at some common blood markers found in people with rheumatoid arthritis.

The Effect of Stress on Arthritis
Stressful situations can negatively impact arthritis. Learn how to reduce stress when possible.

Ankylosing Spondylitis - Diagnosis Is Often Delayed or Difficult
Survey highlights the problems associated with diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis which can lead to poor quality of life.

Hand Osteoarthritis - Treatment Recommendations
EULAR has issued recommendations and guidelines for the treatment of hand osteoarthritis. Symptomatic hand osteoarthritis affects 20% of people over 55 years old.

Fibromyalgia - The Basic Facts
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by widespread muscular pain, fatigue, and tenderness. The cause of fibromyalgia remains largely unknown.

Psoriatic Arthritis - 10 Things You Should Know
As its name suggests, psoriatic arthritis is associated with psoriasis and arthritis. Here are 10 facts you should know about psoriatic arthritis.

What Is Malaise?
Malaise is a symptom associated with many types of chronic illness including arthritis. Side effects of some medications can also cause malaise.

What Are Fibromyalgia Tender Points?
Tender points exist at nine bilateral muscle locations. What are they and where are they located on the body?

What Is a TENS Unit?
A TENS unit is used to block pain signals. Learn more about this electrical device and its use in pain management.

Osteopenia - What You Need to Know
Osteopenia is not considered a disease by the medical community -- it is a risk factor for fracture. Osteopenia is often confused with osteoporosis.

Foot Care Tips for People With Arthritis
Paying attention to your feet can help prevent many foot problems.

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Chronic Fatigue Versus Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a condition of extreme and persistent fatigue. Chronic fatigue can also be a symptom of arthritis-related conditions.

Arthritis - The Basic Facts
Arthritis literally means joint inflammation. Arthritis is not a single disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

Arthritis Can Affect Anyone at Any Age
Have you heard that arthritis only affects older people? Not true -- that's a common misconception. Arthritis is not just an older person's condition. In

Lupus - The Basic Facts
Lupus is a complex disease which can be hard to diagnose. Symptoms of lupus can resemble other types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases.

Review of Orthaheel Shoes for Arthritis
Orthaheel shoes are a great option for people who have medical conditions that affect their feet or people who want a healthy walking experience.

When Are Pain Medications Appropriate for Arthritis Patients?
Some people with arthritis try to do without pain medications because they fear becoming addicted. When is it appropriate to use pain medications for arthritis?

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Leave No Nurse Behind: Nurses Working with disAbilities
Nursing is hard work, made even harder when you are sick yourself. Tips on how to keep working as a nurse with a disability.

What Is DHEA?
DHEA has been helpful in reducing fatigue, improving thinking, and improving quality of life for lupus patients. What is DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)?

What Is an Ankle Fusion?
Ankle fusion is a surgical option for patients who have not attained pain relief from more conservative measures. What are the pros and cons?

Is Glucosamine a Beneficial Arthritis Treatment?
Glucosamine was hailed as an arthritis cure in the 1990s, but today, evidence is mixed about whether it is an effective treatment.

Septic Arthritis - The Basic Facts
Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis, is caused by infection in a joint.

Orencia (abatacept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Orencia (abatacept) is the first T-cell co-stimulation modulator approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Orencia is a biologic drug.

When Are Arthritis Medications Contraindicated?
When are arthritis medications contraindicated? Are there contraindications which may eliminate a patient from taking a specific drug?

What Is an Arthritis Remission?
An arthritis remission occurs when clinical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis subside for a period of time. The arthritis remission may not be long-lasting.

Exercise Is Essential for Arthritis
Exercise is a vital part of managing arthritis. People with arthritis must participate in regular exercise to preserve and improve joint function.

Severe Rheumatoid Arthritis - What You Need to Know
Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with joint pain, stiffness, and swelling of the affected joints. Severe symptoms can lead to decreased joint function.

Arthritis Medications May Cause Hair Loss
Hair loss is a side effect of some arthritis medications, including biologics, which usually clears up six to nine months after you stop taking the drug.

Osteoporosis: Coping With Chronic Pain
Fractures caused by osteoporosis can be very painful. Some people experience little or no pain with osteoporosis, while others have intense pain.

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) - An Overview
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain condition thought to be a disorder of the nervous system.

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome - The Basic Facts
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is an inheritable connective tissue disorder. There are six major types of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation, the natural defense mechanism of the body to protect against foreign invaders or injury, can become chronic in certain diseases, such as arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms
Recognize the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis that can lead to an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Osteonecrosis (Avascular Necrosis) - An Overview
Osteonecrosis is defined as the death of a localized portion of bone caused by poor blood supply. Learn more about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments.

Restless Legs Syndrome Treatment
Treatment of restless legs syndrome is directed toward relieving symptoms. Treating associated conditions also helps to alleviate symptoms of restless legs syndrome.

Guide to Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a sleep disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest.

Restless Legs Syndrome Prognosis
Restless legs syndrome is generally a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.

Periodic Limb Movement Disorder - What Is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?
Many people with restless legs syndrome also experience a more common condition known as periodic limb movement disorder.

Restless Legs Syndrome Signs and Symptoms
Most people find the signs and symptoms of restless legs syndrome to be less noticeable during the day and more pronounced at night.

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome Vary
The symptoms of restless legs syndrome vary in severity and duration from person to person.

Cause of Restless Legs Syndrome
In most cases, the cause of restless legs syndrome is unknown.

Criteria for Restless Legs Syndrome Diagnosis
There is no single diagnostic test for restless legs syndrome.

Diagnosis of Restless Legs Syndrome Can Be Difficult
Clinical diagnosis of restless legs syndrome is difficult to make. Diagnosis of restless legs syndrome is even more difficult with children.

Medications Used to Treat Restless Legs Syndrome
Medications to treat restless legs syndrome include dopaminergics, benzodiazepines, opioids and anticonvulsants.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug Methotrexate and Cancer Risk
Methotrexate has been tied to an increased risk of melanoma, as well as other malignancies, for rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with the medication.

Can Arthritis Cause Hearing Loss?
Is there a connection between arthritis and hearing loss? Are arthritis medications involved?

Understanding Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD)
There are three main categories of temporomandibular disorders. Learn about their typical causes and treatment.

TMD Research
One of the most important areas of TMD research is developing clear guidelines for diagnosing these disorders.

What Is the Temporomandibular Joint?
The temporomandibular joint connects the lower jaw, called the mandible, to the temporal bone at the side of the head.

Cause of TMD
We know that severe injury to the jaw or temporomandibular joint can cause TMD. Arthritis in the jaw joint may also result from injury. Other causes of TMD are less clear.

TMD Signs and Symptoms
A variety of signs and symptoms may be linked to TMD.

Diagnosis of TMD
Researchers are working to clarify TMD symptoms, with the goal of developing easier and better methods of diagnosis and improved treatment.

TMD Treatment Options
Conservative treatments for TMD do not invade the tissues of the face, jaw or joint.

Surgery for TMD
There are other types of TMD treatment, such as surgery or injections, that invade the tissues. Surgical treatments are often irreversible and should be avoided where possible.

Irreversible TMD Treatments
Scientists have learned that certain irreversible treatments, such as surgical replacement of jaw joints with artificial implants, may cause severe pain and permanent jaw damage.

5 Things to Keep in Mind if You Think You Have TMD
For most people, discomfort from TMD will eventually go away whether treated or not.

Scleroderma - The Basic Facts
Scleroderma is an autoimmune, connective tissue disease. Based on symptoms, there are two broad classifications of scleroderma, diffuse and limited.

Remicade (infliximab) - What You Need to Know
Remicade (infliximab) was the second TNF blocker approved by the FDA to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is administered intravenously.

Comparing CRP and Sedrate - How Do the Blood Tests Differ?
CRP (C-reactive protein) and ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) are commonly ordered blood tests for arthritis. What do the tests indicate?

Strength Training for People With Arthritis
Learn how people with conditions including osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis can benefit significantly from strength training.

Behcet's Disease Treatment
The goal of treatment for Behcet's disease is to reduce discomfort and prevent serious complications.

Bechets Disease Symptoms
Behcet's disease symptoms can last for a long time or may come and go.

Common Symptoms of Behcet's Disease
The five most common symptoms of Behcet's disease are mouth sores, genital sores, other skin lesions, inflammation of parts of the eye, and arthritis.

Less Common Symptoms of Behcet's Disease
Less common symptoms of Behcet's disease may include blood clots and inflammation in the central nervous system and digestive organs.

Diagnosis of Behcet's Disease
Diagnosing Behcet's disease is very difficult because no specific test confirms it.

Behcet's Disease Medications
Both topical medications and oral medications are used to treat Behcet's disease.

Behcet's Disease Prognosis
Most people with Behcet's disease can lead productive lives and control symptoms with proper medicine, rest, and exercise.

What Is Inflammatory Arthritis?
Inflammatory arthritis not only affects the joints, there can be systemic effects. Learn which types of arthritis are inflammatory.

The Effects of Vitamin C on Arthritis
Two studies have opposite findings regarding how vitamin C affects arthritis, specifically, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Facts About OxyContin - A Powerful Pain Reliever
OxyContin contains oxycodone, a very strong narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. There have been concerns about abuse of the drug.

Special Precautions With OxyContin?
Are there any other special precautions I should take with my OxyContin?

What Kind of Pain Is Appropriate to Treat With OxyContin?
What kind of pain is appropriate to treat with OxyContin?

How Do I Know if My Pain Is the Right Kind for OxyContin?
Can I take OxyContin if I am pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or planning to nurse my baby?

What Activities Should Not Be Performed While Using OxyContin?
Are there any activities that I should not perform while using OxyContin?

Can I Take Other Medicines While I Am Using OxyContin for Pain Relief?
Can I take other medicines while I am using OxyContin for pain relief?

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking OxyContin?
Can I drink an alcoholic beverage while I am using OxyContin for pain relief?

Oxycontin Addiction
Will I become addicted to OxyContin if I take it every day?

What Should I Do if I No Longer Need OxyContin?
What should I do when I no longer need the OxyContin for pain relief?

Misuse of OxyContin
Haven't there been press reports about the misuse of OxyContin?

Knee Pain - Examining the Basics
Knee pain is related to various conditions. A thorough examination is necessary to determine the exact cause of knee pain and appropriate treatment.

Rituxan (rituximab) - What You Need to Know
Rituxan (rituximab), the world's best selling cancer drug, is approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

What Is Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)?
Tumor necrosis factor is one of the most important cytokines involved in rheumatoid arthritis. TNF blockers effectively treat some patients.

Living With Chronic Pain - What Everyone Should Know
Chronic pain associated with arthritis is not well understood. Here are 8 important facts about chronic pain that you and your loved ones need to know.

What Are Repetitive Motion Disorders?
Repetitive motion disorders include a large group of conditions that primarily affect the soft tissues, including the nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Enbrel (etanercept) - What You Need to Know
Enbrel, generic name etanercept, is one of the TNF inhibitors used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory types of arthritis.

Uloric (febuxostat) - What You Need to Know
Uloric, generic name febuxostat, is FDA-approved for the chronic management of hyperuricemia in gout.

A Guide to Reactive Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)
Reactive arthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection elsewhere in the body.

Reactive Arthritis Research
There is no cure for reactive arthritis. Researchers continue to serach for a cure, investigate the causes of reactive arthritis and develop better treatments for the condition.

Cause of Reactive Arthritis
The cause of reactive arthritis is from infection of bacteria, but, only about one-fifth will develop reactive arthritis when they contract the triggering infections.

Symptoms of Reactive Arthritis
Women with reactive arthritis often have milder symptoms than men.

Reactive Arthritis and Joint Pain
Arthritis associated with reactive arthritis typically involves pain and swelling in the knees, ankles, and feet.

Doctors That Treat and Diagnose Reactive Arthritis
A person with reactive arthritis may need to see several different doctors because reactive arthritis affects different parts of the body.

Treatment of Reactive Arthritis
Although there is no cure for reactive arthritis, some treatments relieve symptoms of the disorder.

Exercises for Reactive Arthritis
Exercise for reactive arthritis, when introduced gradually, may help improve joint function.

Prognosis of Reactive Arthritis
The prognosis of reactive arthritis varies.

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A Guide to Raynaud's Phenomenon
Raynaud's phenomenon, a disorder that affects the blood vessels in the fingers, toes, ears, and nose, can occur as a primary or secondary condition.

What Are Salicylates?
What are salicylates? When are salicylates prescribed to treat arthritis?

Palindromic Rheumatism - The Basics
Palindromic rheumatism is a rare inflammatory arthritis which is often confused with rheumatoid arthritis. There are differences which distinguish the two.

What Is Degenerative Arthritis?
Degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. Which joints are most affected? Is it preventable?

What Are Cytotoxic Drugs?
Cytotoxic drugs, such as methotrexate, Cytoxan, and Imuran are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some other rheumatic diseases. Learn more.

How Does Orencia Differ From TNF Blockers?
Orencia is the first approved T-cell co-stimulation modulator approved for rheumatoid arthritis. How does it differ from Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and Anakinra?

What to Do If You Suspect Arthritis
It is tempting to think aches and pains are related to straining or injuring a joint. Symptoms that persist may actually be associated with arthritis.

Limit Self-Treatment of Early Arthritis Symptoms
Many people try to self-treat joint pain and initial symptoms of arthritis with over-the-counter medications, supplements, and home remedies. Prolonged self-treatment may keep you from consulting with a doctor though.

Consult With a Well-Respected Doctor if You Suspect Arthritis
If you are experiencing joint pain and other symptoms which may be related to arthritis, you should consult with a doctor.

Prepare for the Journey of Arthritis
If you are diagnosed with arthritis, prepare for a journey. Arthritis is a chronic illness characterized by many ups and downs.

Shed Your Misconceptions About Arthritis
When people are first diagnosed with arthritis, they are often bound by misconceptions. Forget most of what you

Expect Ups and Downs With Arthritis
The course with arthritis is not without ups and downs.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Medications
Non-surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome, includes various drugs that can ease the pain and swelling.

Prevention of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome may be prevented with stretching exercises, splints and ergonomics.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Symptoms
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms usually start gradually.

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The causes of carpal tunnel syndrome are a combination of factors.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Risk
Women are three times more at risk than men to develop carpal tunnel syndrome.

Tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Physicians use specific tests to try to produce the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome treatment should begin as early as possible, under a doctor's direction.

Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel release is a common surgical procedure.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Hand Deformity
Rheumatoid arthritis hand deformity is characteristic of the disease. Is it inevitable? Can it be prevented?

Common Types of Sports Injuries
Most sports injuries can be treated effectively, and most people who suffer sports injuries can return to a satisfying level of physical activity.

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Knee Injury - Common Knee Injuries
Because of its complex structure and weight-bearing capacity, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. Knee injuries can range from mild to severe.

Bruises, Sprains and Strains - What Are Bruises, Sprains and Strains?
Bruises result when muscle fiber and connective tissue are crushed. Sprains are stretches or tears of a ligament. Strains are twists, pulls, or tears of a muscle or tendon.

Compartment Syndrome - Acute Vs. Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome
Compartment syndrome may be caused by a one-time traumatic injury (acute compartment syndrome), such as a fractured bone, or by ongoing overuse (chronic exertional compartment syndrome).

Shin Splints - What Are Shin Splints?
While the term shin splints has been widely used to describe any sort of leg pain associated with exercise, the term actually refers to pain along the tibia or shin bone.

Achilles Tendon Injury - What Are Achilles Tendon Injuries?
The most common cause of Achilles tendon tears is a problem called tendinitis. When a tendon is weakened, trauma can cause it to rupture. Achilles tendon injuries are common in those who may not exercise regularly or take time to stretch properly before an activity.

Acute Bone Fractures Fractures vs. Stress Fractures
A fracture is a break in the bone that can occur from either a quick, one-time injury to the bone ( acute fractures ) or from repeated stress to the bone over time ( stress fractures ).

Dislocations - Common Joint Dislocations
The joints most likely to be dislocated are some of the hand joints. Aside from these joints, the joint most frequently dislocated is the shoulder. Dislocations of the knees, hips, and elbows are uncommon.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Spinal Cord Injury
Traumatic brain injury occurs when a sudden physical assault on the head causes damage to the brain. Spinal cord injury occurs when a traumatic event results in damage to cells in the spinal cord or severs the nerve tracts that relay signals up and down the spinal cord.

Oral Methotrexate Versus Methotrexate Injection
Injectable methotrexate is an alternative to oral administration and is preferred by some patients. Which method of administration is better?

Gout Diet - Foods to Eat
People with gout are advised to avoid purine-rich foods, but what should they eat?

What Is Sjogren's Syndrome?
Sjogren's syndrome is an arthritis-related condition. Dry eyes, dry mouth, joint pain, and fatigue are primary symptoms.

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Lupus Medications - What Are My Options?
Lupus medications are an important aspect of treatment for many patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Many treatment options are now available.

What Are Osteophytes or Bone Spurs?
Osteophytes, also referred to as bone spurs, may develop in deteriorating joints damaged by arthritis.

Medrol Dosepack - What You Need to Know
A Medrol dosepack (dosepak) is a scheduled tapering dose of Medrol over a 6-day period which is used to bring inflammation under control quickly.

10 Warning Signs That Point to Arthritis
Common arthritis signs should not be ignored. Consult with a doctor so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Methotrexate Use for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Methotrexate is considered the gold standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used in conjunction with newer biologic drugs.

Sjogren's Syndrome - The Basic Facts
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disorder which can be a primary condition or a secondary condition to another disease. Dry eyes and dry mouth are primary characteristics.

Prevention of Low Back Pain
Recurring low back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other nontraumatic causes can be prevented.

Anatomy of the Back
The anatomy of the back is an intricate structure of bones, muscles, and other tissues.

Causes of Low Back Pain
Most low back pain is caused by injury or trauma to the back, but pain may also be caused by other conditions.

Low Back Pain Conditions
There are a number of conditions that may cause low back pain and require treatment by a physician or other health specialist.

Diagnosis of Low Back Pain
A physician will examine the back and conduct diagnostic tests to find the cause of pain.

Low Back Pain Treatment
Most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Treatment of low back pain involves using medications, reducing inflammation, and restoring proper function and strength to the back.

Medications for Low Back Pain Relief
Medications are often used to treat acute and chronic low back pain.

Surgical Procedures for Low Back Pain
In the most serious cases, when back pain does not respond to other therapies, surgery may relieve pain caused by back problems.

Do Cytokines Cause Inflammation in the Body?
Cytokines serve as messengers between cells and regulate various inflammatory responses, some of which are involved in rheumatoid arthritis.

Plaquenil (Hydroxychloroquine) - 10 Facts You Should Know
Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is an older disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat certain rheumatic and autoimmune conditions.

10 Things You Should Know About Methotrexate
Methotrexate is a DMARD (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug) used to treat certain types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions.

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Cause & Diagnosis of Common Shoulder Problems
There are many causes of shoulder problems. Some shoulder problems arise from injury, overuse or underuse of the shoulder. Other shoulders problems arise from a degenerative process.

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10 Ways to Fight Fatigue From Arthritis
Fatigue with arthritis is different from normal fatigue. Here are 10 specific strategies to help fight arthritis-related fatigue.

What You Need to Know about TNF Blockers
Learn about TNF blockers. The first TNF-alpha blocker, Enbrel, was marketed in 1998. In the years since then, several more have been FDA approved.

10 Things You Should Know About Tramadol
Tramadol (brand name Ultram) is a popular arthritis pain reliever. It is prescribed to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Hip Replacement
Joint deformity and damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis can be repaired by hip replacement surgery.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Hip Joint
Rheumatoid arthritis can affect any joint. When weight-bearing joints are affected, decreased mobility can result.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Hands
Rheumatoid arthritis most commonly begins in the smaller joints of the fingers, hands, and wrists.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Systemic Disease
Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease. Rheumatoid arthritis not only affects the joints but may also affects other organs of the body.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Knee Replacement
Joint deformity and damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis can be repaired by knee replacement surgery.

How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Each Part of the Body
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis which affects the joints and may affect other parts of the body.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - Knee Joint
Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by synovitis, caused by an inflammatory process which targets the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis can result in joint damage and deformity.

Can Foods or Weight Loss Programs Be Tax Deductible?
Can weight-loss programs and diet foods be tax deductible? Here's our comprehensive article on whether or not this is an option for you.

Women and Men With Gout Share Certain Risk Factors
Gout does not sexually discriminate. Women and men suffering from gout do share certain risk factors.

What Is Viscosupplementation?
Viscosupplementation involves intra-articular injections of a gel-like substance with properties that lubricate the affected joint.

What Is Uric Acid?
Uric acid is produced as the body breaks down purines. An elevated uric acid blood level can be problematic.