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All Arthritis Special Reports

Arthritis in Your Ankle? You've Got Choices!

For people with severe arthritis of the hip, knee, and shoulder, joint replacements have become commonplace. Many patients don't know, though, that joint replacement is also an option when arthritis strikes the ankle. Many patients with ankle arthritis continue to opt for a motion-limiting procedure called joint fusion, but recent research suggests ankle replacement is at least as effective as fusion --with the added benefit of preserving the ankle's flexibility. More...

Gentle Workouts Relieve Arthritis Pain

If you have arthritis, you may not feel much like moving. However, numerous studies show that appropriate exercise can help relieve the pain and stiffness of arthritis. Exercise can also improve mobility and function, help ward off other conditions like heart disease, and lift your spirits and self-esteem. To get the greatest benefit, most rheumatologists recommend a program that combines range-of-motion, strengthening, and aerobic exercises. More...

What’s the Link Between Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cancer?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a challenge under any circumstances. Now a growing body of evidence suggests that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may put you at increased risk for certain types of cancer and for a poorer prognosis if you develop a malignancy. The burning questions if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA): How great are the cancer risks? What's behind the increase? How can you protect yourself? … More...

Gout and Soda: What’s the Connection?

Statistics show that the rate of self-reported gout in the United States has swelled from two to three million since 1995. Rising rates of obesity and an aging population are partly to blame, but there appears to be another factor: our love of sugary soft drinks. A group of researchers from Canada and the United States noticed that the rise in gout coincided with a dramatic increase in the consumption of soft drinks and other beverages… More...

Joint Replacement: It's Not Just Knees and Hips

Most people associate joint replacement with knees and hips. But joints in the hand, wrist, ankle, and shoulder can be just as painful and debilitating. Fortunately, improved materials and surgical techniques have expanded joint replacement choices for people with arthritis. For a person with severe joint pain and disability from arthritis, joint replacement can mean freedom from pain and a return to most normal activities. … More...

Fibromyalgia: Understanding a Mysterious Ailment

For years, fibromyalgia, which is characterized by fatigue and widespread pain, was considered a purely psychological condition. Now physicians understand that fibromyalgia involves the central nervous system; the brain controls the central nervous system, but this does not mean that symptoms are 'all in your head.' Physicians have been reporting symptoms of fibromyalgia since the 1800s, but it's only in the past few decades that the medical community has come to recognize and understand fibromyalgia… More...

Chronic Lyme Disease vs. Post-Lyme Disease

Some physicians believe that people with Lyme disease can develop a chronic illness that is relieved by long-term use of antibiotics. But new guidelines for the treatment of Lyme disease, issued by the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), have raised a stir by questioning this assertion. The IDSA guidelines say that 95% of people with Lyme disease are cured by a 14- to 28-day course of oral antibiotics and that no credible scientific evidence… More...

Chronic Pain: It’s Not Just About Your Joints

Chronic pain from arthritis can feel as if it has a life of its own, however altering your attitudes and beliefs can help. Johns Hopkins offers advice to help you break the cycle of pain. The origin of arthritis pain is undeniably physical, arising from pressure on nerve endings due to joint damage, muscle strain, or inflammatory substances in the joint fluid. The nerve endings send warning signals to the brain, and the brain must interpret… More...

Spinal Stenosis -- Osteoarthritis Is Often To Blame

Do you experience pain and numbness in the back or legs? It could be spinal stenosis. The spinal cord is the main conduit for nerve impulses traveling from the brain to the lower part of the body. It runs through the spinal canal -- the channel between the 24 bones (vertebrae) that make up the spine. Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal becomes narrower. This narrowing (stenosis) places pressure on the spinal… More...

The Pros and Cons of Minimally Invasive Hip-Replacement Surgery

Is minimally invasive h'ip-replacement surgery right for you? Before you decide, consider the pros and cons. Asked whether they would rather have traditional hip-replacement surgery or a less invasive procedure, most people would choose the 'mini' hip-replacement procedure instinctively. Minimally invasive hip-replacement surgery can be a good choice. But it's not right for everyone, and not all orthopedic surgeons are experienced in the minimally invasive techniques. More...

TNF Inhibitors for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

In this alert we explain how TNF inhibitors such as Enbrel, Humira, and Remicade have improved life for patients with rheumatoid arthritis. More...

Botox and Knee Osteoarthritis

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Do Botox injections offer a satisfactory non-surgical alternative for patients suffering with painful knee osteoarthritis? Trials are underway, so stay tuned … No longer the secret potion of women and men interested in hiding facial wrinkles between the eyebrows, around the eyes, on the forehead, and around the lips, injections of Botox are now thought to be useful for more than 50 medical conditions, including excessive sweating, constipation, headache, clubfoot, and even hiccups. We may be… More...

Arthritis Glossary

Johns Hopkins Glossary of Arthritis-related terms, derived from their John Hopkins White Papers and Johns Hopkins Arthritis Bulletin More...

Ask Your Doctor About Gout: Diet and Gout

Gout is one of the most painful yet treatable forms of arthritis, but it’s often not treated properly. Today, it’s estimated that two to five million Americans have gout, with most male victims suffering a first gout attack between 40 and 50 years of age. Women develop gout later, in the years following menopause. With Americans living longer and growing stouter, both of which are linked to gout’s prevalence, it’s important that the disease be diagnosed promptly and accurately, and treated effectively, to prevent disability, joint damage, lost workdays, and diminished quality of life. More...

Arthritis On The Go

Traveling can be a great way to relax or spend time with family. But for people with arthritis, getting to and from their destination can be more stressful than their regular routine. If you have arthritis, sitting for long periods may make joints stiff, and dealing with luggage, transfers, and cramped seating can all contribute to pain and fatigue. Fortunately, whether you travel by plane, train, bus, car, or cruise ship, there are ways to minimize stress on joints. More...

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