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.
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) — More than 50 million Americans have arthritis, and almost half of them can’t perform normal daily activities because of the disease, U.S. health officials said Thursday. Aging and obesity are the chief culprits behind this growing health problem, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and [...]
Regular exercise boosts quality of life and reduces health care costs for people with arthritis, a new study shows. Researchers found that meeting national physical activity guidelines could add up to 20 days of good health in one year for these patients.
Older people with a weight problem can relieve knee pain from osteoarthritis if they lose just 10 percent of their body weight through diet and exercise, a new study finds.
Lateral wedge shoe inserts don’t appear to relieve pain in patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee, a new study finds. These inexpensive plastic inserts (or insoles) are designed to shift body weight from the inside of the knee to the outside in hopes of reducing pain, but, according to a review of 12 studies, they don’t do the job.
THURSDAY, Aug. 15 (HealthDay News) — If your partner suffers chronic pain from knee osteoarthritis, your sleep and mood may suffer as well, according to a new study. The study included 145 couples in which one partner had knee osteoarthritis that caused moderate to intense pain. The participants recorded their levels of pain, sleep quality and [...]