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Osteoarthritis Basics: The Joint and Its Parts

This is the first in a series of general information articles about osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Basics: The Joint and Its Parts A joint is the point where two or more bones are connected. With a few exceptions (in the skull and pelvis, for example), joints are designed to allow movement between the bones and to absorb shock from movements like walking or repetitive motions. These moveable joints are made up of the following parts: Cartilage: a...

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Do I have Osteoarthritis In My Feet and Hands?

Q. I suspect I have osteoarthritis in my feet and hands. I would like to know, and better yet, I'd like to find out more about your research studies. Is a test for osteoarthritis easy? I just had a bone density test 30 days ago, but didn't go back to get my results, but I can. Please let me know about the research studies and what to expect regarding testing for it. thanks. A. Dear RD, You asked seemingly simple and direct questions. I would like...

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The Foot May Be The Root

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The Foot May Be The Root Osteoarthritis in the foot may mean it will pop up in other sites Clearwater, Florida - The foot may be the root of osteoarthritis elsewhere in the body. A study of more than 3,400 men and women older than 40 found that those with osteoarthritis in their feet are three times more likely to also develop stiff, aching joints in their hands or knees. Even after considering the influence of age, gender...

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Prescription for Exercise Dropouts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Prescription for Exercise Dropouts Pain medications can cause some adults to drop out of exercise programs Clearwater, Florida - It’s tough to figure out why people drop exercise programs; burnout, injuries or boredom are possible causes. A study of 143 adults in an osteoarthritis exercise program in Clearwater, FL pointed to another cause:  relying on pain medications to ease the pain and stiffness of the disease. During...

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Bigger Risks for Littler People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bigger Risks for Littler People Low Stature and the Risk of Osteoarthritis Are Related Clearwater, Florida - “Short people got no reason to live,” according to songwriter Randy Newman’s comic tune.  A study by a Clearwater, FL research organization suggests that “height-challenged” people should also worry more about creaky joints and aching knees as they age than their taller counterparts. Fifty percent of short...

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Look at Your Shoes for the Clue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Look at Your Shoes for the Clue Ankles that turn in or out linked to a higher risk for foot osteoarthritis Clearwater, Florida - Your shoes may be a sort of crystal ball to predict whether you’ll develop osteoarthritis in your feet. Excessive wear on the outside or inside of the soles may signal unstable ankles that have been associated with a higher risk of developing the pain and stiffness of foot osteoarthritis. Ankles...

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Hand in Hand: Aching Fingers Improve with Exercise

Hand in Hand: Aching Fingers Improve with Exercise Adults with hand osteoarthritis saw modest gains with targeted exercises Squeezy, squishy hand stress balls may increase your grip strength and relieve pain in your hands while you’re taking out your frustrations about traffic and kids on them. A study of 76 adults with hand osteoarthritis (OA) found a modest increase in grip strength and pain relief over not using them or substituting the therapy...

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Get a Grip: Exercise Improves Hand Strength

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Get a Grip: Exercise Improves Hand Strength In addition to its other benefits, strength training improves stiff, achy hands Clearwater, Florida - Strength training makes you look better at the beach and helps you rake more leaves in the fall, but there are unexpected benefits to using weight machines to buff up. Grip strength which eased the stiff, achy joints of hand osteoarthritis (OA) also improved in 55 subjects who were...

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Rainy Weather Doesn’t Make Those Old Bones Ache

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Rainy Weather Doesn’t Make Those Old Bones Ache Debunking the old wives’ tale about joint pain and the weather Clearwater, Florida - Grandpa may have been convinced that bad weather made his old bones ache but—like other myths about swallowing bubble gum or waiting a half hour after lunch to jump in the pool—the connection between bad weather and an increase in osteoarthritis (OA) symptoms is mostly an old wives’...

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A Weighty Subject: Knee Osteoarthritis Worse in Heavier People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: A Weighty Subject: Knee Osteoarthritis Worse in Heavier People Even a modest weight loss improves the symptoms Clearwater, Florida - That beer belly and those thunder thighs you’re trying to get rid of can translate to more pain in the knees. Severely obese people are more than nine times more likely to have knee pain from osteoarthritis than those who are of normal weight, according to a study of almost 600 people with osteoarthritis....

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