Rheumatology

Osteoporosis: Do You Have “Old Bones”? 

  • Woman holding her back while sitting

There used to be a saying about people having “old bones” as they aged. It turns out that, for millions of people, there really 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 […]

Living with Osteoporosis 

  • Women using light weights to exercise

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 […]

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 

  • older couple exercising in gym

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 […]