Patients advised to exercise despite arthritis pain

Anecdotal evidence over the years has shown exercise — even the most basic small moves — helps. Not until the past couple of decades, however, has exercise been examined scientifically as a treatment for osteoarthritis, with most of the focus on hips and knees. It is now generally accepted that exercise regimens that focus on cardiovascular conditioning and lower extremity strength training help manage the painful and often disabling symptoms.

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The Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis

This is the third in a series of general articles about osteoarthritis. The Warning Signs of Osteoarthritis STIFFNESS is a joint after getting out of bed or sitting for a long time. SWELLING in one or more joints A CRUNCHING FEELING or the sound of bone rubbing on bone. About a third of people whose x-rays show evidence of osteoarthritis report pain or other symptoms. For those who experience steady or intermittent pain, it is typically aggravated

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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

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Are Mom and Pop Responsible for Your Aching Knees?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Are Mom and Pop Responsible for Your Aching Knees? A collaboration between Clearwater researchers and a college in the UK could find the answer Clearwater, Florida - Clearwater’s Arthritis Research Institute of America (ARIA) is partnering with Kings College in London on a groundbreaking project to study osteoarthritis (OA), the “wear and tear” form of arthritis that affects 27 million Americans older than 50. ARIA’s

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Use it, Lose it or Take a Pill for it

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Use it, Lose it or Take a Pill for it Adults taking arthritis pain medications more likely to give up on exercise Clearwater, Florida - Why huff and puff on a stationary bike or stumble out of bed to take a walk when you can take pain medication for the stiff, aching joints caused by osteoarthritis (OA)? Unfortunately, some adults with OA find it easier to stick with pain medications than with an exercise program to manage

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