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Health Tip: Common Causes of Foot Arthritis

Posted 10 Apr 2015 by

-- Your feet are a common destination for the pain and discomfort of arthritis. The American Podiatric Medical Association says common triggers of foot arthritis include: Having a foot injury, especially if the injury hasn't been treated properly. Developing a bacterial or viral infection that affects the joints, such as Lyme disease, staph infection, gonorrhea or pneumonia. Having an inflammatory bowel disease. Taking certain drugs. Having a family history of foot arthritis. Read more

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Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death

Posted 27 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – Painful knee arthritis is associated with an increased risk of premature death in women, a new study suggests. Women with osteoarthritis-related knee pain – the type associated with normal wear and tear – were nearly twice as likely to die early from any cause, and more than three times as likely to die from heart problems as those without knee pain from arthritis, the British researchers found. "These findings suggest that any self-reported knee pain in osteoarthritis, as opposed to hand pain, seems to be a crucial factor leading to early cardiovascular mortality and is likely to be linked with decreased mobility," said lead author Dr. Stefan Kluzek of the Arthritis Research UK Centre of Excellence for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis at the University of Oxford. There was no increased risk of early death among women with osteoarthritis pain in the hands. ... Read more

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More Middle-Aged Americans Are Getting Hips Replaced

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – More and more middle-aged Americans are replacing their hips damaged by severe arthritis – a surgery that used to be largely reserved for elderly people, a new study reports. Researchers found that between 2002 and 2011, the rate of hip-replacement surgery nearly doubled among Americans ages 45 to 64. By 2011, those middle-aged patients accounted for over 42 percent of all hip replacements nationally – up from 34 percent in 2002. It's a striking change in a fairly short amount of time, according to lead researcher Dr. Alexander McLawhorn, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. "I think we were a bit surprised by the magnitude of the increase," said McLawhorn. However, he noted, the findings are consistent with government figures released just last month. That study found that the number of hip replacements nationwide ... Read more

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Light Activity a Boost to Seniors' Hearts

Posted 18 Feb 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 – Light physical activity may benefit older adults' hearts – even if they have mobility issues, a new study suggests. It's well known that regular exercise can do a heart good, at any age. But there's little evidence on whether light activity can benefit older adults with physical impairments – such as knee arthritis – that limit their ability to exercise. "We hear the advice to get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, but that can be quite challenging for seniors with limited mobility," said Thomas Buford, the senior researcher on the study, and director of the Health Promotion Center of the University of Florida Institute on Aging, in Gainesville. Buford's team found some encouraging results: Among almost 1,200 elderly adults with limited mobility, those who fit some movement into their days – such as light housework or slow walking – had a ... Read more

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Health Tip: Identifying Signs of Shoulder Arthritis

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by

-- Managing shoulder arthritis is easier if your doctor diagnoses the condition correctly and early. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these symptoms: Pain in the shoulder that gets worse with activity and continues to worsen over time. Pain in the back of the shoulder that feels like a deep ache in the joint. It also tends to worsen with weather changes. Pain at the top of the shoulder that may extend to the neck. Pain throughout the entire shoulder. Reduced range of motion in the shoulder. A snapping, clicking or grinding sound when you move the shoulder. Read more

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Knee Pain While Using Stairs May Be First Sign of Arthritis

Posted 22 Jan 2015 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 – Having knee pain while using the stairs may be an early sign of arthritis, a new study suggests. "At present, we have little concept of 'early' osteoarthritis and often only see people when they have significant, longstanding pain and loss of function," research leader Philip Conaghan, a professor of musculoskeletal medicine at the University of Leeds in England, said in a university news release. "This research is vital to understanding early symptoms of knee osteoarthritis," he said. The study included more than 4,600 people who were at high risk for arthritis. Researchers followed the volunteers for up to seven years. Using stairs was the first weight-bearing activity in which people with early knee arthritis noticed pain. They later developed pain while walking, standing, lying or sitting, and finally, while resting in bed. "Knowing this will help us ... Read more

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Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner

Posted 6 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 – Pain-relieving treatments for knee arthritis all work better than doing nothing – but it's hard to point to a clear winner, a new research review concluded. Using data from almost 140 studies, researchers found all of the widely used arthritis treatments – from over-the-counter painkillers to pain-relieving injections – brought more relief to aching knees over three months than did placebo pills. But there were some surprises in the study, according to lead researcher Dr. Raveendhara Bannuru, of Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Overall, the biggest benefit came from injections of hyaluronic acid (HA) – a treatment some professional medical groups consider only marginally effective. Hyaluronic acid is a lubricating substance found naturally in the joints. Over the years, studies have been mixed as to whether injections of synthetic HA help arthritic joints, ... Read more

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Common Knee Surgery May Boost Arthritis Risk, Study Suggests

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 3, 2014 – A common type of knee surgery may increase the chances of arthritis, a new study suggests. The procedure repairs tears in the meniscus, a piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. There are two in each knee, and they stabilize the knee joint. Meniscal tears are one of the most common knee injuries, and surgery is often performed to reduce pain and improve joint function, the researchers said. In their study, the scientists used MRI scans to look at 355 knees with arthritis, and compared them to a similar number of knees without arthritis. The average age of the patients was about 60 and most were overweight. All 31 knees that were operated on to repair meniscal tears developed arthritis within a year, compared with 59 percent of knees with meniscal damage that did not have surgery. Cartilage loss occurred in nearly 81 percent of knees that had meniscal ... Read more

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Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 – Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests. The study included 206 people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, average age 66, who were divided into two groups. One group received usual care, while the other group had regular exercise, physical therapy or both added to their standard care. After two years, those who did exercise and/or physical therapy had greater improvements in pain, stiffness and physical function than those who received usual medical care alone, the investigators found. The study findings are scheduled for presentation Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in Boston. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. The results show that adding exercise and/or physical therapy to usual medical ... Read more

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Running Won't Raise Risk of Knee Arthritis, Study Says

Posted 16 Nov 2014 by

SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 – Regular running doesn't seem to increase your chances of developing knee osteoarthritis, and it may even help prevent the disease, researchers report. The researchers analyzed data from more than 2,600 people who provided information about the three most common types of physical activity they did at different times in their lives. The average age of the study volunteers was 64. The time periods asked about were 12-18, 19-34, 35-49, and 50 and older. Among the participants, 29 percent said they were runners at some point in their lives. Runners, no matter what the age when they were active runners, had knee pain less often than people who didn't run, according to the study. They also had fewer symptoms and evidence of knee arthritis than non-runners did, the researchers found. The findings indicate that regular running does not increase the risk of knee ... Read more

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Early, Small Babies May Be More Prone to Adult Hip Trouble

Posted 3 Nov 2014 by

MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 – Adults who were born preterm or at a low birth weight may have an increased risk of needing a hip replacement due to osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. The researchers looked at more than 3,600 Australian adults, aged 40 and older. Seventy-five of them had undergone hip replacement and 116 had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis. The researchers found that preterm birth and low birth weight were linked with increased risk of hip replacement. This association was independent of age, sex, body-mass index, physical activity levels, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking or level of education. Although the study found an association between hip replacement due to osteoarthritis and being born prematurely or at a low birth weight, the study wasn't designed to prove that those factors caused the need for a hip replacement. The researchers found no ... Read more

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Health Tip: Pain in the Foot?

Posted 16 Oct 2014 by

-- Symptoms of foot arthritis, including painful inflammation and swelling, can make it difficult to take even a few steps. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you should see a doctor if your symptoms include: Swelling that affects at least one joint. Tenderness or pain that recurs in any joint. Heat or redness surrounding a joint. Restricted range of motion. Morning stiffness. A growth, rash or skin change. Read more

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Iroko Pharmaceuticals Gains FDA Approval of Zorvolex for Management of Osteoarthritis Pain

Posted 25 Aug 2014 by

PHILADELPHIA, August 25, 2014 — Iroko Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a global specialty pharmaceutical company dedicated to advancing the science of analgesia, announced today the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Zorvolex (diclofenac) capsules, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), for the management of osteoarthritis pain. This marks the second indication for Zorvolex, approved by FDA in October 2013 for the treatment of mild to moderate acute pain in adults1. “Given the dose-related adverse events associated with NSAIDs as a class and the widespread use of NSAIDs for osteoarthritis, we are delighted to gain approval for our first SoluMatrix® NSAID for the management of osteoarthritis pain,” said Dr. Clarence Young, Chief Medical Officer of Iroko Pharmaceuticals. “Iroko has already made great strides to help fill the need for low dose NSAID options in patie ... Read more

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Health Tip: Losing Weight May Help Against Osteoarthritis

Posted 15 Aug 2014 by

-- Losing any extra weight can help prevent or alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis, experts say. The Weight-loss Information Network explains how osteoarthritis and overweight are related, and what you can do to reduce your risk: Excess weight can cause greater strain on the joints, resulting in wear on the joints and increased risk of osteoarthritis. The more body fat you have, the more likely you are to have inflammation. Losing 5 percent or more of your body weight can help to reduce strain on your joints. Regular exercise can help curb both weight gain and osteoarthritis. Read more

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Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?

Posted 12 Jun 2014 by

THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 – Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests. Because of knee arthritis, many older adults find walking, climbing stairs or even getting up from a chair difficult. But these study findings equate walking more with better everyday functioning. "People with or at risk for knee arthritis should be walking around 6,000 steps per day, and the more walking one does the less risk of developing functioning difficulties," said the study's lead author, Daniel White, a research assistant professor in the department of physical therapy and athletic training at Boston University. Every step taken throughout the day counts toward the total, he said. The key is to wear a pedometer and take up to 6,000 steps daily, he said. "People usually average 100 steps per minute while they walk, so (6,000 steps) is ... Read more

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