Achy joints? It could be osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is a condition caused by wear and tear on the cartilage of your joints. This strong tissue usually cushions joints, but can wear down over time, causing joints to ache, and become stiff and painful. There's no cure, but a variety of painkillers and treatments can help, as can losing weight if you have excess pounds.
Injections of a sugar solution appear to help relieve knee pain and stiffness related to osteoarthritis, a new study suggests. The technique — known as dextrose prolotherapy — has been around for 75 years but is still considered an “alternative” therapy.
FRIDAY, April 12 (HealthDay News) — Special “mobility shoes” might ease the strain on the knees of people with knee arthritis, a small study has found. This type of flat, flexible footwear is designed to mimic the biomechanics of walking barefoot, researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago explained. The study was funded by the Arthritis [...]
TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) — Exercise-related damage in cartilage can help identify people with the earliest stages of osteoarthritis, a new study reveals. The findings could improve early detection of the painful joint disease and could also be used to improve methods of repairing damaged cartilage, said study senior author Alan Grodzinsky, of the Massachusetts [...]
MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) — Smoking, obesity and diabetes are all associated with an increased risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis, a new study suggests. The researchers said their findings could be used to create a simple screening tool to identify people at higher risk for rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes pain, swelling, stiffness [...]
TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) — Physical therapy is comparable to surgery in improving movement and reducing pain for some patients with knee arthritis and torn knee cartilage, new research finds. Many middle-aged and older adults have severe knee pain due to a tear in the meniscus, a crucial support structure in the knee that is [...]