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What Is Undifferentiated Arthritis?
Undifferentiated arthritis is a classification for patients who present symptoms that don't suggest a specific type of arthritis, especially early on.

What Is the CRP (C-Reactive Protein) Test?
C-reactive protein, or CRP, is a blood test that detects non-specific inflammation in the body. CRP may be a marker for some diseases.

Osteoporosis Prevention - What Should You Be Doing?
Osteoporosis is a silent disease but bone density exams can help detect bones that are weakening. Learn more about risk factors and treatment.

Seronegative and Seropositive Rheumatoid Arthritis
Learn about the differences between seronegative or seropositive rheumatoid arthritis and how they are diagnosed with the rheumatoid factor blood test and anti-CCP.

How to Manage Weight Gain From Prednisone
Weight gain is a frustrating side effect associated with prednisone. Is there any way to manage weight gain linked to prednisone use?

How to Manage Arthritis Flare-Ups
Arthritis flares are periodic episodes of intensified symptoms. It's important to know what you should do when a flare occurs.

Polyarthritis, Inflammator,y and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are polyarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis synonymous? Terminology associated with inflammatory types of arthritis explained.

Physical Therapy Goals for Arthritis Patients
Physical therapy can be an important part of any comprehensive arthritis treatment program. Learn what the goals of physical therapy for arthritis are.

10 Ways to Increase Arthritis Pain (Yes, Increase!)
There are actions that will increase your arthritis pain, contrary to your goal of reducing pain.

10 Ways to Improve Your Quality of Life With Arthritis
There are things you can do to improve your quality of life with arthritis. Consider the 10 suggestions mandatory.

Osteoarthritis - The Basic Facts
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Most people know osteoarthritis involves wear and tear of the joints. Learn the basic facts.

Signs and Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis
There are five types of psoriatic arthritis which differ in symptoms and the course of the disease. Find out more about this chronic skin condition.

Is There a Psoriatic Arthritis Diet?
Does a psoriatic arthritis diet exist? People often think they can manage their condition by making dietary changes. Is this true of psoriatic arthritis?

Cosentyx (secukinumab) - What You Should Know
Cosentyx (secukinumab) is an interleukin-17A antagonist approved to treat adults with either ankylosing spondylitis or psoriatic arthritis.

Addiction, Physical Dependence, and Tolerance Differences
Recognizing addiction, physical dependence, and tolerance to pain medication is necessary to deal with drug abuse. Here are the differences.

The Genetics of Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis
There are genetic factors involved in psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Which genes are known to be involved?

Mindfulness Meditation for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Mindfulness meditation is an adjunct therapy for rheumatoid arthritis. The mind-body technique is gaining in acceptance and popularity.

What Is CPPD (Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease)?
CPPD (calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease) is a type of arthritis caused by deposits of calcium phosphate crystals in joints. CPPD is also known as pseudogout.

Normal Joint Versus Arthritic Joint
A normal joint moves without restriction. Learn more about the normal, healthy joint, versus an arthritic joint.

Arthritic Joint - Arthritis
Arthritic joints are associated with pain and limited range of motion which can interupt your ability to perform usual daily living activities.

Body Aches and Pains or Arthritis - Which Is It?
Body aches and pains or arthritis? It's hard to distinguish between the two without being evaluated by your doctor.

HLA Genes and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis research, in part, has been focused on which genes may be directly related to the disease. HLA genes seem to play a role.

Cut Back on Purine-Rich Foods With Gout
Cutting back on purine-rich foods is recommended for people with gout. While diet is just one aspect of managing gout, it is essential.

Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Learn about the risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis. The more risk factors you have for rheumatoid arthritis, the more likely you are to develop the disease.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir: A Portrait of Perseverance
Learn about French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, who battled severe, disabling rheumatoid arthritis while continuing to create masterpieces.

What Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Feel Like?
Learn about what it might physically feel like to have Rheumatoid Arthritis with our comprehensive article.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Heart Disease
Learn about research indicating rheumatoid arthritis patients have higher risk of coronary heart disease, silent unrecognized heart attacks, and sudden cardiac deaths.

Children Can Develop Juvenile Arthritis
Arthritis can affect children, too. Childhood arthritis is also known as juvenile arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, or juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

7 Natural Treatments for Psoriatic Arthritis
There is interest in natural treatment options for psoriatic arthritis. Are there natural treatments for psoriatic arthritis that are safe and effective?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Prevention Vs. Surgery
Should prevention or surgery be the focus of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome? Also, read about what causes carpal tunnel syndrome.

Cancer Screenings for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
People with rheumatoid arthritis have an increased risk of developing certain cancers, so cancer screenings are essential for rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Lucille Ball: Comedienne and Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer
Lucille Ball was a beloved comedienne. Famous for her red hair and popular TV series, few people know she had rheumatoid arthritis as a teenager.

Arthritis Pain and Pain Medications for Dogs
Pain medications for dogs provide relief for joint problems or for pain after surgery. Learn more about the proper use of pain medication for dogs.

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The Biggest Risk Factors for Gout
It's important to know about gout risk factors because some are modifiable. Let's consider which factors may increase your risk of gout.

Blood Tests for Arthritis
Blood tests for arthritis help with diagnosis and tracking disease activity. Blood tests are not the sole criteria for diagnosis, though.

Understanding Gout from Risk Factors to Diet
From basic facts to risk factors, symptoms and diet, use this compilation of essential gout information to help you manage the disease.

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Fruits And Vegetables May Cut Arthritis Risk
Certain carotenoids, including beta-cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin, may reduce the risk of arthritis. Read what fruits and vegetables have carotenoids.

Leg Pain - What You Should Know
Leg pain has many possible causes, including arthritis. It's important to be diagnosed by a doctor when leg pain persists.

Gout - 10 Things You Should Know
Gout is an intensely painful type of arthritis. Here are 10 facts that will help you understand everything from gout symptoms to disease management.

Joint Involvement in Rheumatoid Arthritis
Certain joints are characteristically affected by rheumatoid arthritis, although it can affect any moveable joint. Which joints are most commonly affected?

Joint Damage in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
Joint damage is linked to disability in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. What causes joint damage in the two arthritic conditions?

Alcohol and Arthritis Medications
Arthritis medications and alcohol should not be mixed. The labels are tiny on prescription medication bottles, but they offer important warnings.

Can Gin-Soaked Raisins Help Arthritis?
Consuming gin-soaked raisins is among the most well-known folk remedies for arthritis pain. Is there any possible benefit?

Arthritis of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Jaw pain can be caused by arthritis of the temporomandibular joint. Treatment depends on the specific type of arthritis.

CDC Guidelines for Opioids: Should Arthritis Patients Be Worried?
Guidelines for prescribing opioids were released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in March 2016. Should arthritis patients be worried?

Gout Prevention and Treatment
Gout prevention and treatment involves a combination of medications, dietary changes, and lifestyle modifications. Future gout attacks may be preventable.

Can Arthritis Be Hereditary?
Is arthritis hereditary? Will your children get arthritis too? Read this article to learn if arthritis should be a concern for your children.

Is Zumba the Best Workout for People with Arthritis?
Zumba incorporates Latin music and easy dance moves into a fitness program that is appropriate for arthritis patients.

Zorvolex (diclofenac) - What You Should Know
Zorvolex (diclofenac) has been FDA approved for osteoarthritis pain. It is a low-dose NSAID and was developed to make it more easily dissolvable.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Prognosis
Questions about the prognosis of rheumatoid arthritis typically follow diagnosis. Patients want to know how bad the disease will get, how soon symptoms will worsen, and what their future holds.

ACR (American College of Rheumatology) Criteria
During clinical trials, the improvement in study participants with arthritis is assessed using ACR criteria. The ACR criteria are​ expressed as ACR20, ACR50, ACR70.

Rheumatology and Rheumatologist Defined
Rheumatology is a subspecialty of internal medicine. Doctors who specialize in rheumatology are referred to as rheumatologists.

Tips for Dealing With Morning Stiffness from Arthritis
Morning stiffness is a common characteristic associated with arthritis. Here are some tips to help you deal with morning stiffness.

11 Diseases That Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Certain medical conditions mimic rheumatoid arthritis. Which conditions must a doctor consider when diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis and how are they ultimately distinguished?

Gout Attack Explained - Causes, Symptoms, and Frequency
A gout attack causes sudden and intense joint pain. Most often, a gout attack affects a single joint but it is possible for a few joints to be involved.

Overview of Dry Mouth
Here's our overview of dry mouth, which can be a sign of certain diseases and conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome.

Causes of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth is caused when glands in the mouth that produce saliva are not working properly.

Treatment of Dry Mouth
Dry mouth treatment will depend on what is causing the problem.

Better Oral Health
If you have dry mouth, you need to be extra careful about keeping your teeth clean and healthy.

Safe Dose for NSAIDs
It's important to take a safe dose of NSAIDs. Medication should be taken as prescribed and warnings about safe use should be heeded.

Ways to Reduce Risk of Ulcers from NSAIDs
Bleeding ulcers are just one of the side effects that are associated with NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) use. Learn how to reduce your risk.

Avoid Steroid Drugs With NSAIDs
Steroid drugs taken with NSAIDs increase the risk of ulcers. The combination should be avoided when possible.

Ointment Offers Pain Relief
Ointment is among the alternatives to oral NSAIDs. Ointment and other medicine applied topically reduces the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

Adjust Your Dosage of NSAID to Reduce Ulcer Risk
The dosage of your oral NSAID may need to be adjusted so there is less risk of side effects. Always use the lowest effective dosage of the NSAID you take.

Celebrex Capsules Reduce Ulcer Risk
Celebrex capsules are among the group of NSAIDs that have lower risk of gastrointestinal bleeding compared to other NSAIDs.

Don't Ignore Medical Symptoms
View medical symptoms as a warning sign that you need to be checked out by a doctor. In emergency situations, as is the case with gastrointestinal bleeding, go to the emergency room.

Get Tested for H. pylori
H. pylori has been associated with a higher risk of ulcers. Consider being tested for, and if positive, treated for the H. pylori bacteria to decrease the risk of developing an ulcer.

Take Medication With Food
To decrease the risk of ulcers, take medication with food. A full stomach adds more protection when taking NSAIDs.

What Is the Spine?
The spine consists of vertebrae, discs, and the spinal cord. Here are our definition and explanation of the normal anatomy of the spine.

What Are Temporomandibular Joint Disorders?
The temporomandibular joint is among the most used joints in the body. Here's a quick look at what could be causing jaw pain.

Increased Risk of Lymphoma in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
There is an increased risk of developing lymphoma in rheumatoid arthritis patients. Here are some reasons why.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease
Treating gum disease also serves to improve signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Here's our explanation why.

The Healing Power of Placebo
Research has confirmed that a fake treatment, made from an inactive substance, can have a

Proof in the Placebo
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Placebo in the Doctor's Office: Opposing Views
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Paget's Disease of Bone and Osteoarthritis Symptoms
Paget's disease of bone and osteoarthritis are completely different disorders that share some of the same symptoms. Here's our overview.

Athletic Activities After Joint Replacement
Baby boomers who have had a joint replacement often want to return to their athletic activities. Is that possible? Here's our overview.

What Is Weightbearing Exercise?
Weightbearing exercise is recommended to preserve bone health and bone density. What is weightbearing exercise? Here's our overview.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Not Helped by Dietary Changes
Dietary changes are often considered as a solution for arthritis pain and other symptoms. Do dietary changes have an effect on arthritis?

Actemra for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Actemra (tocilizumab) is the first humanized interleukin-6 receptor-inhibiting monoclonal antibody developed to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Here's our look at this medication.

Risks of Gastrointestinal Bleeding from Medications
Arthritis patients take medications that increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. It's critical that you know the signs before it's too late.

Cause of Restless Legs Syndrome
Restless legs syndrome is an unusual affliction with an unknown cause. Studies may have now pinpointed a possible cause.

Daily Multivitamins for Arthritis Patients
Multivitamins are essential for everyone, especially people with chronic illnesses, such as arthritis. Here' our article on why.

Are Antioxidants Beneficial for Arthritis?
A healthy diet is important. We often hear that antioxidants are healthful. Here's our look at what antioxidants can do for arthritis patients.

Infection Is a Side Effect of DMARDs and Biologic Drugs
Some patients are prone to infection while being treated with DMARDs or biologic drugs. Here's our article on why this is and who is at risk.

Rheumatic Diseases and Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a serious condition for which there are treatments but no cure. Which rheumatic diseases are associated with pulmonary hypertension?

Lymphedema vs. Edema
Here's our comprehensive explanation of the differences between lymphedema and edema.

Reasons You Have Inadequate Relief of Arthritis Pain
If you are experiencing inadequate relief from arthritis pain, here are 10 possible reasons why that may be the case.

Overview and Causes of Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is commonly caused by overuse, strain, or minor injury to a localized muscle. There are other causes, however, which we detail in this article.

What Arthritis Patients Should Know About Bone Pain
Is bone pain synonymous with joint pain? How are they distinguished? Learn about these different kinds of pain here.

The 13 Best-Known Anti-Inflammatory Supplements
Certain dietary supplements have anti-inflammatory properties. Which anti-inflammatory supplements may be beneficial for arthritis?

How to Obtain a Handicapped Parking Permit
People with arthritis often wait too long before getting a handicapped parking permit. Here's how to obtain a handicapped parking permit.

Platelets Not Disrupted By Celebrex
Read about the results of a 2000 study on the effect of Celebrex on platelet function. Celebrex is a medication often prescribed for osteoarthritis.

What Are Antibodies?
Antibodies are proteins which can recognize and attach to antigens to block their effect in the body.

What Are B-cells? - Definition
B-cells are white blood cells which produce antibodies.

Enteropathic Arthritis - Understanding the Basic Facts
Enteropathic arthritis is a type of arthritis associated with inflammatory bowel diseases. Both arthritis and bowel disease must be managed.

The Best Way to Find a Great Rheumatologist
If you suspect arthritis or rheumatic disease, you should consult a rheumatologist. Follow these steps to help you find a great rheumatologist.

Limbrel Prescription Food for Osteoarthritis
Limbrel is a prescription medical food for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Limbrel is sometimes confused with medications Enbrel and celecoxib.

Allopurinol Helps to Prevent Gout Attacks
Allopurinol is a medication used to prevent gout attacks in people with chronic gout. The drug is not effective for acute gout.

Aspirin - 10 Things You Should Know
Aspirin is commonly used as a pain reliever and fever reducer. Knowing how to use it safely decreases the chance for side effects.

What to Know About Cimzia (certolizumab pegol)
Cimzia is a TNF blocker used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Enbrel, Remicade, Humira, and Simponi also are TNF blockers.

Pseudogout - 10 Things You Should Know
Pseudogout is often mistaken for gout and it can even mimic some other arthritic conditions. What sets pseudogout apart from the rest?

BENGAY Relieves Minor Aches and Pains Tied to Arthritis
BENGAY is a topical formulation that is used to treat minor aches and pains often associated with arthritis.

Voltaren Gel - 10 Things You Should Know
Voltaren Gel, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication in topical form, is used mostly on knees and hands to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness.

What Causes Different Types of Arthritis?
There are different causes of arthritis, just as there are different types of arthritis. Learn more about the causes of arthritis.

What Is Rheumatic Fever and Jones Criteria for Diagnosis?
Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease which may affect the heart, joints, brain, and skin. Polyarthritis is one of the major Jones criteria.

When Dry Eyes Are Related to an Autoimmune Disease
When your eyes don't produce enough tears or the right quality of tears, the result is a condition commonly called Dry Eyes.

What Is the Placebo Effect?
The placebo effect is the measurable, observable or perceived improvement in health that is not attributable to medical treatment.

What Causes Mouth Sores in Arthritis Patients?
Arthritis patients can get mouth sores as a side effect of medications. Learn which arthritis drugs cause cold sores, mouth ulcers, oral inflamation.

Assistive Devices for Arthritis
Assistive devices can make living with arthritis easier. The devices are designed to compensate for physical limitations.

What to Expect After Arthritis Diagnosis
As soon as it sinks in that you have been diagnosed with arthritis, you will want to know what the future holds. Is there some way to know what you can expect?

Are Your Arthritis Medications Working?
Most people with arthritis are prescribed medications to help manage the disease. How can you tell if your arthritis medications are working?

What You Should Know About Arava (leflunomide)
Arava (leflunomide) is a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) often prescribed if methotrexate is inadequate for rheumatoid arthritis. It provides another treatment option.

Rheumatoid Arthritis or Rheumatoid Disease
If rheumatoid arthritis was re-named rheumatoid disease, would it be more clearly understood? Some people think so, while others say it wouldn't matter.

Recommendations for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatments
RA treatments include medication options that have expanded over the last decade. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) offers treatment guidelines.

Rasuvo (methotrexate) - What You Need to Know
Rasuvo is an autoinjector administered once weekly for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

What Are Copper Hands?
Copper Hands, a Telebrands product, has no evidence to back its claims. Then why do 44 percent of consumers give it a 5-star rating for arthritis?

Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse
Although most use medicine as directed, abuse of and addiction to prescription drugs and pain medications are public health problems for many Americans.

First Visit to the Rheumatologist
A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in arthritis and related diseases.

Can Chondroitin Be Contaminated With Mad Cow Disease?
The fact that supplements are not regulated by the FDA has been a cause for concern, but a new debate focuses on chondroitin and fear of Mad Cow Disease.

Facts About Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drugs
DMARDs were once the gold standard treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. The drugs are still used with or without several of the newer biologic drugs.

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Special Concerns Women With Psoriatic Arthritis Face
There are certain differences in how psoriatic arthritis is expressed in women compared to men. What is known about women with psoriatic arthritis?

Emergency Preparedness - Why You Need Extra Arthritis Medication
People who take arthritis medications should always have enough on hand to be able to withstand an emergency situation. It's part of emergency preparedness.

Foot Orthotics - What You Need to Know
Foot orthotics are shoe inserts primarily designed to relieve foot pain and improve walking. While their effectiveness is not clear in all cases, orthotics are beneficial for some people.

Ginger as a Dietary Supplement Used for Arthritis
Ginger is not only a spice, it is a dietary supplement that has been used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and Raynaud's disease.

Kidney Function Should Be Monitored When Taking Arthritis Medications
Kidney function should be monitored in patients taking certain arthritis medications. Specific blood tests and urine tests are used to assess kidney function.

What Is the Anti-CCP Test?
Anti-CCP is a diagnostic blood test for rheumatoid arthritis. The test detects an autoantibody usually present in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Colchicine - 10 Things You Should Know
Colchicine is a treatment option for gout. For safe use of the drug, here are 10 things you should know about colchicine.

Humira (adalimumab) - What You Need to Know
Humira, generic drug name adalimumab, is a biologic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and some other inflammatory types of arthritis and inflammatory diseases.

Fibromyalgia - 10 Things You Should Know
Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related syndrome which can be difficult to diagnose. There are important facts you should know about fibromyalgia.

Recognize Gout Signs and Symptoms
Gout symptoms include intense pain and are caused by monosodium urate crystals in the affected joints. Managing gout symptoms is essential.

Continuing to Work With Arthritis
Arthritis may impact your ability to work. People with arthritis may need to adapt their work situation to continue working.

What Is Nopalea?
Nopalea found its fame in late-night informercials. What is Nopalea, and does it measure up to claims that it decreases inflammation and joint pain?

Risk Factors for Psoriatic Arthritis
It is important to know the risk factors associated with psoriatic arthritis. Who is most likely to develop the disease?

Ankle Supports Stabilize the Joint
Ankle supports can brace, stabilize, and limit range-of-motion of a painful ankle joint. Ankle supports help reduce pain and swelling.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Foot Deformity
About 90 percent of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop foot problems and foot deformities related to the disease.

Is Alcohol Forbidden When Taking Arthritis Drugs?
Dr. Zashin answers your questions about drinking alcohol while taking the arthritis medications, such as immunosuppressants, NSAIDs, and methotrexate.

Rheumatoid Arthritis - The Basic Facts
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory type of arthritis. Learn the basics of​ diagnosis, symptoms, and treatment.

Household Cleaning Products for People With Arthritis
Housecleaning tasks are difficult for people with arthritis who have a ​limited range of motion and energy. These cleaning supplies are most helpful.

Differences of Anabolic Steroids and Corticosteroids
The term steroid is often misunderstood. There are different types of steroids. What is the difference between corticosteroids and anabolic steroids?

Understanding the Rheumatoid Factor Blood Test Results
What do rheumatoid factor blood test results tell us? Can they be used to definitively diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

Facet Arthropathy - Basic Facts
Facet arthropathy is caused by facet joints becoming arthritic and painful. Facet arthropathy is a common cause of low back pain.

Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen Is Commonly Prescribed for Pain
Hydrocodone/acetaminophen is a narcotic pain medication used to treat arthritis and other chronic pain conditions.

Popular Supplements for Joint Health
Several supplements promote better joint health. It's important to compare joint supplements and discuss ingredients with your doctor.

Guidelines for the Management of Polymyalgia Rheumatica
The first set of international recommendations for the screening, treatment, and management of polymyalgia rheumatica has been released by ACR and EULAR.

Otezla (apremilast) - What You Need to Know
Otezla is an oral treatment approved by the FDA for adults with active psoriatic arthritis.

An Overview of Hand Arthritis
Hand arthritis can be painful and debilitating. This article explains hand anatomy and the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of hand arthritis.

Foot Warmers Comfort People With Arthritis
Foot warmers can help relieve pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. They come in various styles but the goal is the same -- warm, comforted feet.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome - Researching the Cause
The causes of fibromyalgia are still not entirely understood. Learn more about the research investigating the cause of fibromyalgia.

Stress: A Trigger for Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Stress and stressful events often precede the onset of rheumatoid arthritis, but does stress actually trigger rheumatoid arthritis?

Green Tea May Combat Arthritis
Antioxidants found in green tea, known as polyphenols, may effectively reduce the incidence and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.

Eye Problems and Arthritis
Eye problems, such as uveitis, scleritis, and dry eye, are often associated with inflammatory types of arthritis.

Raynaud's Phenomenon Disease Basic Facts
Raynaud's phenomenon is an arthritis-related condition when blood vessels constrict. When it's a primary condition, it's called Raynaud's disease.

What Are Biosimilars?
Biosimilars are products that are highly similar to biologic drugs that are already FDA-approved. The term biosimilar is not synonymous with generic.

Can Your Diet Help Control Pseudogout?
Pseudogout is the result of CPPD disease. The crystals causing pseudogout are calcium pyrophosphate crystals.

5 Tips for Arthritis Relief
People in search of arthritis relief should follow the 5 tips provided, not the least of which is to be patient and be realistic.

8 Best Things to Do for Arthritis
Take a positive approach to living with arthritis.

Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis
DISH is a condition associated with calcification and ossification of soft tissues. Learn who is affected and how it is treated.

Warm or Hot Joint - What Could Be the Cause?
Warning signs of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, redness, and warmth. What does it mean when you have a warm or hot joint?

Xeljanz (tofacitinib) - What You Need to Know
Xeljanz (tofacitinib) is the first JAK (Janus kinase) inhibitor to be FDA-approved for rheumatoid arthritis. It is classfied as an oral DMARD.

6 Questions Arthritis Patients Must Ask Their Doctor
As an arthritis patient, to be a partner in your own healthcare, you must know the answers to certain important questions.

10 Reasons to Fire Your Doctor
There are reasons to fire your doctor and find another, if you feel your doctor-patient relationship is inadequate. Doctors are not all the same.

Lyrica (pregabalin) - 10 Things You Should Know
Lyrica was approved by the FDA as a treatment for fibromyalgia in 2007. Here are 10 things you should know about Lyrica.

When Does Sadness and Frustration With Arthritis Cross Over Into Depression?
When does sadness and frustration, which may be associated with chronic arthritis, cross over into clinical depression?

5 Advantages of Qualifying for SSDI
Learn about the advantages of qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) with this comprehensive explanation and outline of benefits.

Edema and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Peripheral edema is common in the ankles, feet, legs, arms, and hands. It can be associated with rheumatoid arthritis, as well as numerous other conditions.

Sleep Tips for People With Arthritis
The combination of arthritis pain and sleep problems is difficult to solve. Here are a few tips for good sleep.

Clinical Features of Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis that is associated with psoriasis. What features distinguish it from other types of arthritis?

Arthritis and Diabetes - Understanding the Connection
Arthritis affects about half of people with diabetes. Why is the association between the two conditions significant?

Age and Arthritis
Most people think that arthritis is inevitable and a consequence of aging. What is the connection between age and arthritis?

Eosinophilia - What You Should Know
Eosinophilia is an elevated number of eosinophils in peripheral blood. It's important to determine the cause of eosinophilia so that proper treatment can begin.

Early Diagnosis of Arthritis Is Essential
Early diagnosis of arthritis sets the stage for a proper treatment plan. Don't self-treat until you are properly diagnosed.

Is Prednisone Withdrawal Minimized by Tapering?
Tapering the dose of prednisone minimizes prednisone withdrawal symptoms. If steroids are not discontinued gradually, severe withdrawal symptoms can occur.

Does a Sedentary Lifestyle Make Arthritis Worse?
A sedentary lifestyle is not recommended for better health and that includes people who have arthritis. Actually, a sedentary lifestyle can provoke arthritis symptoms.

Steroid Injections - Everything You Should Know if You Have Arthritis
Steroid injections deliver a corticosteroid medication to a specific site of the body. For arthritis patients, it is not uncommon to receive an intra-articular steroid injection.

Arnica for Arthritis - What Patients Should Know
Arnica is a natural treatment option for arthritis. Is it safe and effective? Learn how it should and should not be used.

Essential Answers to Arthritis Treatment Questions
Here are answers to six frequently asked questions about arthritis treatment. This shows you what you need to know.

Physical Therapy Must Be Discussed by Arthritis Patients and Doctors
Physical therapy can be beneficial as part of routine arthritis care, yet many patients and doctors don't discuss it.

Celecoxib Approved by FDA - Generic for Celebrex
Celecoxib, the generic for Celebrex, was approved by the FDA in 2014. Celebrex was approved for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis in 1998.

Understanding Functional Limitations Caused by Arthritis
Functional limitations are a common manifestation of musculoskeletal diseases, such as arthritis. The severity of functional limitation usually correlates with disease severity.

10 Commandments for Living Well With Arthritis
Follow these 10 commandments to live well with arthritis. Be aware of actions that help you manage and cope with the disease.

Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Joint Replacement Patients
The ADA and AAOS released guidelines in 2012 about antibiotic prophylaxis for patients with joint replacement.

How You Can Help Someone With Arthritis
People with arthritis often could use your help. It can be tricky to figure out how to help, especially if they resist. Here are 10 ideas.

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Arthritis Hand Photo Gallery
Arthritis can cause joint deformity. Hand deformity is one of the characteristics associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Look through photos of arthritic hands submitted by our readers.

Arthritis & Joint Conditions
Arthritis & Joint Conditions.

Car Accessories and Features Can Make Driving Easier With Arthritis
Certain car accessories and features can make driving easier, as well as safer, for people with arthritis.

10 Things People Fear About Arthritis
When you experience the first symptoms of arthritis, your mind tends to go to the worst-case scenario. Here are 10 things people fear about arthritis.

Chondroitin - What Arthritis Patients Need to Know
Chondroitin is a component of human connective tissues that are found in cartilage and bone. A form of chondroitin, known as chondroitin sulfate, is used as a dietary supplement for osteoarthritis.

Fish Oil - What You Need to Know
Fish oil is said to have health benefits because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Cigarette Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cigarette smoking may increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. Cigarette smoking may also affect the severity of rheumatoid arthritis once it does develop.

Are Cortisone Injections Painful?
Some patients say cortisone injections are painful, but doctors can do a couple of things to make it as comfortable as possible.

Bursitis - The Basic Facts
Bursitis is a condition caused by inflammation of a bursa (a small fluid-filled sac that serves as a cushion between bone and another moving part such as muscles, tendons, or skin).

10 Basic Facts About Arthritis That You May Not Know
Arthritis is not just a disease for the elderly and there is not just one type of arthritis. Discover ten basic facts about arthritis and its treatment.

Exercise Equipment for Hand Arthritis
Exercise is essential for people with arthritis. Consider the assistive devices and equipment options that can help you exercise your hand and fingers.

Costochondritis - What Arthritis Patients Should Know
Chest pain gets your attention, but it's not always heart-related. It could be costochondritis inflammation of the ribs and sternum. Learn more.

Have You Been Accused of Faking Your Arthritis?
Some people with arthritis have been accused of faking their illness. They worry about what others think of them. How should this be handled?

Cause of Joint Pain
Joint pain may be caused by arthritis, but there are other possible causes which must be considered.

Coccyx Cushion Helps Relieve Lower Back Pain
A coccyx cushion has a cut-out to distribute weight evenly but takes direct pressure away from lower spine. The design of a coccyx cushion can help relieve lower back pain or pain in sacroiliac joints.

Calcium Supplements - What You Need to Know
Calcium supplements are available without a prescription in a wide range of preparations and strengths, which can make selecting one a confusing experience.

Finger Joint Replacement Is an Option for Some People With Arthritis
Finger implants to treat rheumatoid arthritis have been an option for decades. But, finger implants are not appropriate for every patient.

Disabled by Arthritis and Living in a Normal World
People who are disabled by arthritis face challenges living in a normal world. They are forced to deal with difficult situations on a daily basis.

Kawasaki Disease - The Basic Facts
Kawasaki disease is one of more than 100 types of arthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Kawasaki Disease is a form of vasculitis.

Arthritis Prevalence and Statistics
Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States. Prevalence of arthritis is increasing.

Antibiotic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
The proposed theory of mycoplasma as the cause of rheumatoid arthritis led to the antibiotic treatment. It was deemed effective by some and unimpressive by others.

Canada Drugs - To Buy or Not to Buy?
Should you buy cheaper Canada drugs? The FDA, drugmakers, and others have warned against reimportation of Canada drugs.

Book Review: Arthritis Without Pain - The Miracle of TNF Blockers
A book about TNF blockers which explains how they work and how they compare to other arthritis drugs. Read patient success stories as well.

Arthritis Do's and Don'ts
Learning how to cope with arthritis is essential. Knowing what to do and what not to do must become second nature.

Expired Arthritis Medication
An expiration date is put on a product to make us aware that the quality of the product is diminishing. When it comes to arthritis medication, can you take it after the expiration date?

Back to School With Arthritis
Back to school can be daunting with new teachers, new friends, and sometimes a new school environment. It's hard enough when a child is healthy, but the stress mounts with arthritis.

Does Magnet Therapy Help Arthritis?
Static magnet therapy is believed to relieve pain by increasing circulation. The effectiveness of magnet therapy for arthritis has not been proven.

Arthritis Can Interfere With Church and Other Social Activities
Physical limitations caused by arthritis can make it difficult to attend church or social activities. Ask family and friends to help and avoid becoming isolated, if possible.

Arthritis Interferes With Good Grooming
Grooming can be difficult for people with arthritis.

Gripping Is Compromised by Arthritis of the Fingers
Gripping can be difficult for people with arthritis. Have you ever stopped to think how often you need to grip something?

Ability to Reach May Be Limited by Arthritis
Reaching can be difficult for people with arthritis. There are long-handled reachers or grabbers available to help with this task.

Eating Can Be Difficult for People With Arthritis
Physical limitations make daily living activities difficult. Eating and using utensils can be difficult for people with arthritis.

Climbing Stairs May Be Difficult for People With Arthritis
Arthritis can interfere with daily living activities. Physical limitations make daily living activities more difficult. For example, climbing stairs can be difficult for people with mobility problems.

Personal Hygiene is Important Even If You Have Arthritis
Personal hygiene can be difficult for people with arthritis, but it's not something you can skip or avoid. Assistive devices are designed to help.

Arthritis Affects Activities of Daily Living
Arthritis can interfere with your ability to perform activities of daily living. Physical limitations make daily activities more difficult.

Kneeling Can Be Painful for People With Arthritis
Physical limitations caused by arthritis make daily living activities more difficult. For example, kneeling can be difficult for people with arthritis.

Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Use Of Medications
Medications can help with pain and inflammation linked to carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Is the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System?
The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System is an alternative to traditional total hip replacement surgery.

Hip Resurfacing - Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System - Preparing Hip for Resurfacing
The Birmingham Hip is a metal-on-metal joint which conserves more bone than traditional hip replacement.

Hip Resurfacing - Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System - Metal-on-Metal / Full Implant
The benefits and risks of hip resurfacing. Comparison between a traditional hip replacement and the Birmingham Hip.

Proton Pump Inhibitors Reduce Ulcer Risk
Proton pump inhibitors are a class of drugs used to reduce acid in the stomach and in turn reduce the risk of ulcers.

Develop an Attitude of Gratitude Even if You Live With Arthritis
Gratitude is the hallmark of Thanksgiving -- a day when people reflect on what they are grateful for in their lives. People with arthritis have much to be grateful for, too.

Mercy Killing: Is It Assisted Suicide or Senseless Suicide?
Jack Kevorkian helped patients with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia end their lives. Is it mercy killing or senseless suicide?

Arthrography - What You Need to Know
Arthrography is an imaging technique that utilizes contrast dye so that certain structures of the joints that aren't readily seen on traditional x-rays can be seen.

Best Mattress for People With Arthritis
A comfortable mattress is extremely important to someone living with chronic arthritis pain.

Corticosteroids (Steroids) - What You Should Know
Corticosteroids are one class of drugs used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis. Corticosteroids are associated with potentially severe side effects.

Is There an Arthritis Cure?
As soon as someone is diagnosed with arthritis, they want to know if there is a cure. Is there a cure for arthritis?

What Are Rheumatoid Nodules?
Rheumatoid nodules usually occur in active cases of rheumatoid arthritis. What is the significance of finding a rheumatoid nodule?

What Could Be Causing My Foot Pain?
Arthritis of the foot is just one condition that causes foot pain. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for relief of foot pain.

What Is Rheumatoid Lung Disease?
Up to one-fourth of people with rheumatoid arthritis develop rheumatoid lung disease. Lung abnormalities are not uncommon in rheumatoid arthritis.

What Is Limited Range of Motion?
Range of motion is the normal movement of a joint. Limited range of motion is a reduction in normal movement of a joint.

Joint Stiffness Is Commonly Associated With Arthritis
Joint stiffness is a common characteristic of arthritis. Other conditions are also associated with joint stiffness, so you should consult your doctor.

Types of Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)
Some types of scleroderma have a limited abnormal process. Other types of scleroderma are more complicated and affect blood vessels and internal organs.

Savella (milnacipran HC) - What You Need to Know
Savella, generic name milnacipran HCl, is approved by the FDA for the management of fibromyalgia.

Human Joints Explained
What are joints? Which types of joints are most commonly affected by arthritis?

Ibuprofen - What You Need to Know
Ibuprofen is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is commonly used to treat arthritis.

Naproxen - What You Need to Know
Naproxen, classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is a popular arthritis medication but patients must be aware of potential side effects.

Occupational Therapy Makes Living With Arthritis Easier
Occupational therapy is an important part of the treatment plan for arthritis patients.

Liver Enzymes Monitor Safe Use of Arthritis Drugs
Doctors routinely order liver function tests to detect potential problems with certain arthritis medications, such as methotrexate.

How You Can Avoid Medication Errors
Medication errors are a huge problem. A few simple, common sense tips can help you avoid medication errors.

Analgesic Medication - What You Should Know
Analgesic medications are commonly referred to as painkillers. There are basically two kinds of analgesics: non-narcotic and narcotic.

How Much Glucosamine Should You Take?
Gkucosamine is a dietary supplement recommended for treating osteoarthritis. How much glucosamine should a patient take to achieve a beneficial effect?

Foot Spa Helps Soothe Arthritic Feet
Foot spas are useful as an adjunctive treatment for foot pain associated with arthritis. There are several models available which have soothing massage features.

Fatigue and Arthritis: What Your Doctor Should Know
Fatigue is one of the most bothersome symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Even so, fatigue doesn't get as much attention as other symptoms.

Arthritis Pain Is Variable - Expect the Unexpected
The fact that arthritis pain varies may be the most difficult aspect to understand about the disease. Fluctuations in pain level can occur at any time.

Acronyms for Arthritis Conditions
Understanding acronyms for arthritis is essential for you to be compliant with treatment and follow orders from your doctor.

Polymyalgia Rheumatica - What You Need to Know
Polymyalgia rheumatica is typically associated with aching and stiffness of the shoulders and hips. It is sometimes confused with rheumatoid arthritis.

Skechers Go Walk Is a Great Shoe for People With Arthritis
Skechers Go Walk shoes are extremely comfortable for people with arthritis. I have reviewed the features that make the shoes a must-have.

Osteoporosis in Men: Why It's Not Just a Woman's Disease
The majority of American men view osteoporosis solely as a woman's disease. Learn why that perspective is incorrect and what the risk factors are for men.

Acetaminophen - 10 Things You Should Know
Acetaminophen is a popular painkiller and antipyretic. The maximum allowable dosage of acetaminophen must be followed to reduce adverse side effects.

Methotrexate and Folic Acid - What's the Optimal Regimen?
Arthritis patients taking methotrexate are also prescribed folic acid. Some patients take folic acid daily while others skip it on methotrexate day. Which is right?

ANA Rheumatoid Factor Blood Tests
Rheumatologists typically order blood tests to help diagnose arthritis and monitor the effectiveness of arthritis treatment.

Can You Donate Blood if You Take Medication?
Blood donation is a generous gift to give. Are people with rheumatoid arthritis or other rheumatic diseases excluded from blood donation?

Life Expectancy and Rheumatoid Arthritis
An assessment of how rheumatoid arthritis affects life expectancy.

Lupus - 10 Things You Should Know
Lupus is an autoimmune rheumatic disease. Lupus affects the joints, skin, and other organs of the body. Check out 10 important facts about the disease.

Medications and Sun Sensitivity
Some medications cause sun sensitivity. The reaction can be severe, so protecting yourself is essential.

Joint Effusion - Examination and Treatments
Joint effusion is a symptom of inflammatory arthritis, among other conditions. It is defined as an abnormal buildup of joint fluid.

Can WD-40 Really Relieve Arthritis Pain?
Using the lubricant WD-40 for arthritis has become both an unproven and potentially harmful folk remedy for pain relief.

R.I.C.E. Treatment Prescribed for Acute Injury
R.I.C.E. is the acronym for treatment prescribed for acute injury to a joint or other body part.

Are Nonprescription Drugs or Supplements Tax Deductible?
Which medical expenses are deductible? Information from the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) helps sort out the confusion.

Velcro Shoes for Women
Velcro shoes for women are no longer just ugly orthopedic shoes. There are several selections which look sporty.

Popular Arthritis Cream Products
Arthritis creams can be effective for soothing minor arthritis and muscle pain.

Essential Facts About Methotrexate
Methotrexate is classified as a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Caroline Myss: Remarks About Lupus
In 1998 Caroline Myss, author and

5 Worst Things About Arthritis
What are the worst things about arthritis? While arthritis can range from mild to severe, most patients agree on the worst aspects.

What You Need From Spouse While Coping With Arthritis
It's a challenge to deal with arthritis. It's even more of a challenge to be married and dealing with arthritis. Your spouse can be your main support -- that is, if you get what you need from your spouse. How can you get what you need from your spouse to make living with arthritis easier?

What's the Best Way to Take Pain Medication?
In an effort to avoid side effects or potential addiction, many patients take pain medication sporadically. What's the best way to take pain medication, so that it is both safe and effective?

What to Expect From Your Rheumatologist
A rheumatologist is a specialist in arthritis and related conditions. Not sure what you should expect from your rheumatologist? We've got the answers you need.

What Is Your Gait?
Your gait is the manner in which you walk, including the speed, cadence, and stride. Gait abnormalities may be related to a disease, such as arthritis.

What Is Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease (UCTD)?
Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease are associated with lupus, scleroderma, and other connective tissue diseases. How are these conditions similar and different?

What Is Tylenol Arthritis Pain?
Tylenol Arthritis Pain is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve arthritis pain. How does it differ from other Tylenol products?

What Is Tommie Copper?
Tommie Copper is a line of compression apparel. How does the manufacturer claim that the Tommie Copper apparel line can relieve arthritis pain?

What Is "Treat to Target" for Rheumatic Diseases?

What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA)?
Social Security raises the Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) level annually. What is Substantial Gainful Activity?

What Is Stopain?
Stopain is a topical analgesic product which comes in several formulations. Stopain is indicated for temporary relief of minor aches and pains.

What Is Synovium?
Synovium is the soft tissue that lines a human joint. How does it function in the joint? What happens to synovium in an arthritic joint?

What Is Synovitis?
Synovitis refers to inflammation in the lining of a joint, known as the synovium. Treatment is aimed at bringing synovitis under control and preventing joint damage.

What Is Polyarthritis?
What is polyarthritis? How is it distinguished from monoarthritis or oligoarthritis?

What Is Rheumatoid Vasculitis?
Rheumatoid vasculitis is a serious complication of rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation spreads to small and medium blood vessels, potentially affecting multiple organs.

What Is Lupus Nephritis
Lupus nephritis is a kidney disorder that is a complication of systemic lupus erythematosus.

What Is Pericardial Effusion?
Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are two examples of arthritic conditions that may have systemic effects that affect the whole body. Pericardial effusion is one of the possible systemic effects.

What Is Orthovisc?
Orthovisc is FDA-approved for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis in those who have failed to respond to more conservative therapy. It is used in viscosupplementation.

What Is Myofascial Pain?
Myofascial pain is a condition that is often confused with fibromyalgia. In this article, we take a closer look at both of these conditions.

What Is Monovisc?
Monovisc is a single injection viscosupplement approved for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

What Is Hyperuricemia?
Uric acid is the final product of purine metabolism in humans. Hyperuricemia is a high level of uric acid in the blood.

What Is Hyalgan?
Hyalgan, or sodium hyaluronate, is a treatment option for patients with knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Hyalgan is delivered as an intra-articular injection.

What Is FRAX?
FRAX is a fracture risk assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization. FRAX helps identify people at higher risk for osteoporosis and bone fracture who may benefit from treatment.

What Is Extra Strength Tylenol?
Extra strength Tylenol is a popular over-the-counter medication used to relieve pain, like arthritis pain. Be careful with how much Tylenol you take.

What Is Euflexxa?
Euflexxa is one of the hyaluronates used in viscosupplementation. Euflexxa is typically administered as a series of 3 weekly injections.

What Is Crepitus?
Crepitus is a clinical symptom characterized by a peculiar cracking sound or sensation. Crepitus may or may not be associated with pain in arthritis patients.

DAS28 Measures Disease Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis
DAS-28 is an assessment of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients. It is used in clinical trials and in practice.

What Is an Autologous Blood Donation?
Many arthritis patients are advised to do an autologous blood donation prior to joint replacement surgery. What is an autologous blood donation?

What Is Amyloidosis?
Amyloidosis can be a primary condition or can be a secondary condition to an existing inflammatory condition. What are amyloids?

What Is a Physiatrist?
A physiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Many arthritis patients have a physiatrist as part of their healthcare team.

What Is a Nutraceutical vs. a Supplement?
A nutraceutical is a food or food component that claims to have health benefits, including treatment and prevention of disease.

What Is a Monoclonal Antibody?
Some of the biologic treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are monoclonal antibodies. What is a monoclonal antibody?

What Is a DEXA Scan?
A DEXA scan is the most accurate test available for bone density and your risk of osteoporosis.

What Is a CAT Scan?
A CAT scan is an imaging procedure that uses x-rays to produce cross-sectional images of the body. The images useful for diagnosing medical conditions.

What Is an Arthritis Flare?
Arthritis patients may experience a flare up of symptoms. An arthritis flare can be very painful and disruptive to usual activities.

What Are Pinched Nerves?
Pinched nerve is a catch-all phrase for various types of nerve injury.

What Are PPI Drugs (Proton Pump Inhibitor)?
Many arthritis patients who take NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) also take a PPI to counteract potential ulcers from NSAIDs. What are PPIs?

What Are Joint Counts?
Joint counts are used to help establish the clinical status of rheumatoid arthritis patients. What is being counted when a joint count is performed?

What Are Biologics?
Biologics, also referred to as biologic response modifiers, are injectable or infusible treatments for rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory types of arthritis.

Does Weather Affect Arthritis and Cause More Pain?
Does weather affect arthritis and cause more pain? Can you tell when a front is approaching? Many people say yes.

Joint Protection Is Important for Optimal Joint Health
We can protect our joints in several ways. The goal of joint protection is to reduce stress on joints and decrease pain.

An Inflammatory Diet May Be Beneficial for Joint Health
A diet that includes many foods known to reduce inflammation is optimal for joint health.

Vitamin D and Calcium Are Important for Joint Health
Vitamin D and calcium are important for our bone health. Your doctor can check for deficiency and prescribe supplementation, if needed.

Stop Smoking to Improve Bone and Joint Health
Most people are unaware of the fact that smoking negatively impacts the bones and joints. For better joint health, stop smoking.

9 Ways to Keep Your Joints Healthy
To maintain or improve joint health, we are advised to keep moving. Go through the steps to see what other actions benefit our joints.

Maintaining Your Ideal Weight Is Important for Joint Health
By maintaining our ideal body weight, we reduce stress on our joints. Reducing the burden on our joints is important for joint health.

Low-Impact Exercise Is Beneficial for Your Joints
Arthritis patients can achieve beneficial effects of regular physical activity with low-impact exercise.

Strengthening Muscles Around Joints Improves Joint Health
Keeping the muscles that surround our joints strong is part of optimal joint health.

Range-of-Motion Exercises Enhance Flexibility and Mobility
To maintain or improve joint function, range-of-motion exercises should be performed regularly.

Voltaren (diclofenac) - What You Need to Know
Diclofenac (brand name Voltaren) is an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) commonly prescribed for arthritis.

Vimovo Combines Naproxen With PPI to Treat Arthritis
Vimovo, a combination of naproxen and immediate-release esomeprazole, is approved for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis.

Vaccinations and Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with rheumatoid arthritis are often unclear about whether they should get vaccinations. Is it safe? Are there potential negative consequences?

Understanding Prescription Abbreviations
Prescription abbreviations can be hard to understand. What do the commonly used prescription abbreviations mean?

Understanding Employee Health and Disability Benefits
It is important for you to understand the details of your employee health and disability benefits. Know what you have.

What Is a Pain Scale?
A pain scale is used to help you communicate your current pain level. There are verbal, numerical, visual analog pain scales, as well as Wong-Baker FACES.

Two NSAIDs Are Not Better Than One
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed medications used to treat arthritis. Some patients mistakenly think it's safe to take two different NSAIDs.

Is MRI of Value in the Clinical Setting for Arthritis?
X-rays have long been a useful tool in diagnosing and monitoring arthritis. Are MRI scans becoming a more valuable tool?

5 Wrong Moves You Shouldn't Make With Arthritis
Arthritis and chronic pain can make life difficult. It is important to make decisions, along with your doctor, which improve the situation. Avoid wrong moves.

A Flare of Symptoms Can Be Disruptive
An arthritis flare is an increase in symptoms beyond the usual level. It can be unpredictable in terms of what causes it and how long it lasts.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Medications Are a Necessary Evil
Medications are prescribed for most people with rheumatoid arthritis. The drugs are needed but they are not a panacea. There can be unwanted side effects.

Many People With Rheumatoid Arthritis Hate to Ask for Help
Many people with rheumatoid arthritis hate to ask for help. Seriously, they would rather do without than ask for help.

Morning Stiffness Is the First Hurdle Each Day
Morning stiffness is among the daily challenges facing people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Fatigue Is Like an Unwelcome Guest
Fatigue is different from ordinary tiredness. Fatigue interferes with your usual activities. How can fatigue be brought under control?

Missing Out Is Disheartening for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients
Active rheumatoid arthritis and physical limitations may cause you to miss out on certain functions with family and friends.

It's a Challenge to Not Give Up!
Some people with rheumatoid arthritis feel like giving up. Typically, it is because their rheumatoid arthritis is not well-controlled.

Treatment of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis
The American College of Rheumatology issued recommendations for the treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Learn which drugs the ACR recommended to treat juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

Travel Tips for People With Arthritis
People with arthritis need not give up traveling and experiencing the world.

Before You Buy a Mobility Scooter
If you are thinking of buying a mobility scooter, there are things you should know before you buy.

Before You Buy a Walker
If you are thinking of buying a walker, there are things you should know before you buy.

Before You Buy an Electric Wheelchair
If you are thinking of buying an electric wheelchair, there are things you should know before you buy.

Before You Buy a Lift Chair
If you are thinking of buying a lift chair, there are things you should know before you buy.

Before You Buy a Wheelchair
Wheelchairs are among the many mobility aids available. If you are thinking of buying a wheelchair, there are things you should know before you buy.

Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Rheumatic Diseases?
Marijuana has long been considered a potential treatment option for managing rheumatic diseases. Does scientific study support its effectiveness?