Rheumatology

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 the injury can’t heal on its own. […]

10 Arthritis-friendly Gadgets

  • Woman holding her hand in pain

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 […]

Tips to Cope with Joint Pain

  • Man with wrist pain

Many arthritis patients feel more pain in their joints 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 […]

Nature’s WD-40 – Cartilage and Osteoarthritis

  • Woman with joint pain in her knee

There is an old saying “If it moves and it shouldn’t use duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it 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. […]

Healthy Aging: Strength Training and Osteoporosis 

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Many of us associate strength training with weight lifting muscle builders working on their six-packs. This stereotype, however, ignores the overall health benefits of strength training. When done over a long period of time, strength training can help prevent multiple chronic illnesses, including osteoporosis.   Osteoporosis, which causes a decrease […]

Is there a link between increased rheumatoid arthritis pain and nightshades?

  • Middle aged woman holding arthritic hands

When you have a difficult and complicated disease such as rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases, it’s common to look for a connection between your symptoms and what you eat. In some cases, science can pinpoint a concrete link, or explanation, that verifies word-of-mouth reports. In other cases, research rejects […]

Prevent Broken Bones with Early Detection of Osteoporosis 

  • Older Woman exercising withsmall wieghts

One way to prevent broken bones is to keep bones strong and solid. This is primarily done with strength– training and weight-bearing exercises as well as proper nutrition. As people age, however, their bones can become thinner. They may look more like a sponge than solid material. This is called “osteoporosis”.   Osteoporosis is more […]

Can people with arthritis really feel the weather “in their bones”?  

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The answer is both “yes” and “no”. Yes, studies show that some people with arthritis feel more pain on cold, overcast days and on days following a rise in barometric pressure. However, results were not consistent and the increase in pain reported was “not clinically significant”. The reports of patients […]

Do You Have Symptoms of Gout?

  • Woman holding wrist with pain

Rheumatologists treat many forms of arthritis, including “gout”. Gout is most often found in the feet, ankles and knees, and usually attacks one joint at a time, causing the joint to become red, swollen and painful. Pain often starts during the night and may cause patients to wake up in pain. The big […]

Can people with arthritis really feel the weather “in their bones”?

The answer is both “yes” and “no”. Yes, studies show that some people with arthritis feel more pain on cold, overcast days and on days following a rise in the barometric pressure. However, results were not consistent and the increase in pain reported was “not clinically significant”. The reports of […]