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.
FRIDAY, March 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The closer in length your ring and index fingers are, the greater your risk of developing severe knee osteoarthritis that requires total knee replacement, a new study claims. Researchers examined the hands of more than 14,500 middle-aged and older people in Australia, and followed them for an average of [...]
WEDNESDAY, March 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many elite college athletes are inactive later in life and it’s often due to the lingering effects of injuries they suffered during their brief college sports career, a new study contends. The Indiana University researchers looked at 232 men and women who were former Division I athletes and 225 [...]
By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Although hip and knee replacements are common, a similar surgery to replace diseased shoulder joints also appears worthwhile for rheumatoid arthritis patients whose severe shoulder pain and stiffness can’t be eased by medication or physical therapy, new research suggests. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic found that [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The risk of death from hip- or knee-replacement surgery has dropped substantially in recent years, a large new study finds. Dutch researchers found that since the early 1990s, death rates have fallen by almost two-thirds among Danish adults having the procedures. The length of patients’ hospital [...]
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 [...]