Rheumatology

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 […]

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 […]