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For many people with osteoarthritis — the most common form of arthritis — carrying excess pounds puts added stress on damaged joints, making pain worse and accelerating the underlying deterioration. Losing weight with exercise and … Read More
Several nutrients may benefit osteoarthritis, alleviating joint pain and inflammation as well as promoting cartilage repair.
Research suggests that vitamin C may minimize cartilage loss and slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Another… Read More
Probably the most common age-related disease, osteoarthritis affects the joints of 16 million Americans, most over age 50. But pain and stiffness are not inevitable: Supplements may greatly relieve symptoms and slow the cartilage … Read More
Following a routine exam to assess your overall health (taking your blood pressure, listening to your heart), the doctor will focus on the joints that are bothering you — feeling and pressing on them for signs of swelling or tenderness … Read More
X-rays aren’t really useful in diagnosing osteoarthritis, since a significant amount of cartilage must be lost before the damage shows up on an X-ray. But X-rays in someone known to have osteoarthritis can reveal the extent of the damage. … Read More
Osteoarthritis can almost always be diagnosed without the need for laboratory tests, which are routinely normal in osteoarthritis patients. The main reason for laboratory tests is to rule out other possible diseases such as rheumatoid … Read More
Do you suffer from chronic headaches? Try one of these natural methods to keep your headaches under control.
Book appointments for acupuncture.
Numerous studies attest to acupuncture’s benefits in treating and preventing chronic … Read More
A guy walks into his doctor’s office. The doctor asks “What’s wrong?”
“It’s my left knee,” the patient says. “It hurts when I walk.”
“Well, you’re 70,” says the doctor. “That’s what happens as you get older.”
“But doc,” the patient… Read More
Millions of people have stiff, painful knees thanks to osteoarthritis. Remedies range from keeping active and dropping excess weight to steroid injections and even surgery. But research shows that you can take a tastier route to … Read More
After all these years spent carrying you around, your knees may be starting to fight back — with creaks, aches, and stiffness. Common causes include osteoarthritis (OA), especially as you age or if you’re overweight, and “weekend warrior” … Read More
Q: I’ve started running, but my knees are killing me. I used to run for miles, but now I can’t. Any advice?
A: It’s great to strengthen your heart, but why derail nature’s transportation system in the process? With each step, you pound … Read More
Milk and cookies, chicken noodle soup, mashed potatoes with gravy — they’re called comfort foods because they make you feel better, at least emotionally. But can food really ease pain?
Researchers are chewing on the subject, and their … Read More
The basic goal of good nutrition is to get enough of everything — which is easy if you eat a balanced diet that includes lots of different foods. But these six nutrients appear to have special benefits for people with arthritis. None of … Read More
If you’ve ever crawled out of bed in the morning aching as if you’d played a mean game of rugby in your sleep, heard your knees creaking as you descended the stairs, required three ibuprofen before you could bend over to tie your shoes, and… Read More