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How Do You Know if You Have Osteoarthritis?

This is the second in a series of general articles about osteoarthritis. Usually, osteoarthritis comes on slowly. Early in the disease, your joints may ache after physical work or exercise. Later on, joint pain may become more persistent. You may also experience joint stiffness, particularly when you first wake up in the morning or have been in one position for a long time. Although osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, most often it affects the...

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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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Emmeline A. Sangeorzan

Emmeline A. Sangeorzan Who knew a self administered survey with just over 130 questions, a physical exam and a few x-rays could be such a gold mine?! As ARIA’s biostatistician, I have the privilege of working with top epidemiologists to unravel some of the mysteries of osteoarthritis. There is still is so much to be learned about its etiology, diagnosis, and prognosis. Osteoarthritis can be defined in several ways: clinically, radiographically,...

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Michele Barrett

I’ve been involved with ARIA for 10 years in various capacities. I’m very excited about the difference I make in supporting this important research. I see many people who have resigned themselves to getting osteoarthritis, as if it’s a given. But I know first-hand that’s not the case. You see, I’m also a study participant. It shocked me to find out at age 40 that I already had signs of osteoarthritis, specifically, in my hands. But there...

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Dr. Lissa Fahlman

I remember forty years ago when my grandmother would get gold shots in her knees to help with her rheumatism. Not only did she periodically get the gold shots, she was on such a high dosage of aspirin that she often had ringing in her ears. She also had large nodes on her fingers and trouble with her hands. Like many people of her age, she wasn’t a complainer, but she was not able to do many of the things she wanted to do because of her arthritis...

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Paul E. Leaverton, PhD, Special Consultant

Paul E. Leaverton, PhD, Special Consultant Retired ARIA Director of Research My relationship with ARIA began in 1985, when I was Acting Director for Epidemiology and Biometry at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I had just accepted a new position as founding chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the new College of Public Health at the University of...

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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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