Category: Rheumatology

Exercise Helps Knee Osteoarthritis

What is Knee Osteoarthritis? Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a painful, chronic disease that affects the whole knee. In particular, KOA causes the cartilage, which cushions the area between the bones in the knee joint, to wear away. The loss of cartilage doesn’t happen overnight, but as it gets worse, the knee becomes more and more […]

Summer Heat Ups Arthritis Pain

Arthritis pain can be unpredictable, which is one of the things that makes this disease so difficult to manage. In the summer, heat, fluid levels and sunlight can all affect how we feel. The heat can cause swelling, which makes arthritis pain worse. Perspiration increases our need for water, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration makes our joints stiff and painful. […]

Lupus Patients Find Community Online

One of the hardest things about having lupus is that people who have it generally don’t look sick. When they park in a handicap parking space, they may feel self-conscious. Many lupus patients get be glared at by people who wonder why seemingly healthy people are taking parking places away from people who need them. […]

“Old Bones” and Osteoporosis

There used to be a saying about people having “old bones” as they aged. It turns out that, for millions of people with osteoporosis, there really is such a thing as “old bones”.   Our bones may have the look of being solid through and through, but this isn’t really the case. As with the […]

How to Support Someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis 

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is not an easy disease to live with. It affects the joints, which means that it can make every movement painful. People with RA do (or try to do) the same thing as everyone else, but their experience of it can be very different. The chronic pain of RA can lead to […]

Tips for Living with Osteoporosis 

Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones, making it easier for them to break. Fortunately, not everyone who has osteoporosis winds up with broken bones. However, if you have osteoporosis, your bones need special care and protection.   Falls are one of the major types of accidents that lead to broken bones. To prevent falls, begin […]

Don’t Let Old Injuries Pile Up

Waiting to heal from an injury can seem like the wise thing to do. Who wants to rush into expensive healthcare they may not need? Who wants to take the time off of work?   Unfortunately, waiting to heal doesn’t always work. Sometimes an injury can’t heal on its own. Sometimes waiting only makes it […]

10 Arthritis-friendly Gadgets

Don’t let arthritis take your independence away. Here are 10 gadgets to help make everyday tasks easier for those with limited mobility. 1) For those who have a hard time pulling the shoulder strap on their seatbelt, there are seat belt handles that attach to the shoulder strap, making it easier to reach and pull. […]

Coping with Joint Pain in Winter

Many arthritis patients experience more joint pain when cold weather sets in. It’s not clear if this is due to the cold or a drop in barometric pressure. Whatever the cause, it’s important to find ways to cope. Here are a few recommendations:   1) Wear layers that can be removed or put back on […]

Cartilage-Nature’s WD-40

There is an old saying “If it moves and shouldn’t use duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, use WD-40.” If you want to understand osteoarthritis, think of cartilage as nature’s WD-40.   When your bones move against one another at your joints, cartilage works like lubrication. When you are missing cartilage, like a […]