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Research Shows Which Alternative Therapies Can Ease Arthritis Pain

Research Shows Which Alternative Therapies Can Ease Arthritis Pain

Scientists evaluated clinical studies on 21 complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to determine if they help the pain and disability associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), fibromyalgia and low back pain. Other forms of arthritis and related diseases were not included in the analysis. Of the therapies included in the studies, they rated acupuncture, massage, yoga and tai chi most effective. These findings don’t mean that other CAM therapies – defined by this report as any therapy that exists outside normal health care practices – aren’t effective. The researchers stress that, in many cases, there just weren’t enough high-quality data ...more
5 Tips to Reduce Joint Pain With Smart Everyday Moves

5 Tips to Reduce Joint Pain With Smart Everyday Moves

Gripping, lifting and carrying are essential for dozens of daily tasks, so it’s important to do them in a joint-friendly way to avoid pain and injury. Carole Dodge, an occupational therapist at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, offers this advice. Mind your thumbs. If you have thumb pain, a common arthritis-related problem, avoid picking up or carrying purses, bags or other items in an overhand grasp with your fingers curled under the handle. Instead, use both hands, palms facing up, to scoop the bag to a higher surface, like a countertop or chair, then loop the strap over your ...more
Cupping Marks Are the New Black (and Blue)

Cupping Marks Are the New Black (and Blue)

It took millennia, but cupping is finally having its grandstand moment. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, swimmer Michael Phelps, winner of 23 gold medals, sported dark circular bruises across his back and shoulders, visible to all. Other Olympic athletes in Rio also had signs of cupping, and celebrities including Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston have been photographed with cupping bruises. Dating to ancient Egyptians and integral to traditional Chinese medical practice since at least 300 AD, the technique has been embraced over the past decade by a growing number of athletes as a way to help muscles ...more
JA Conference East Touches Lives of Over 1,000 Families Living With Juvenile Arthritis

JA Conference East Touches Lives of Over 1,000 Families Living With Juvenile Arthritis

While Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is typically known for historic events such as the birthplace of our nation’s Declaration of Independence and Constitution, it was also the site of the second of two National Juvenile Arthritis Conferences. In historic fashion, the Arthritis Foundation welcomed over 1,000 more children and their families to the East conference, bringing the total number of attendees in 2016 to over 2,000 – the highest numbers to date! After the 2015 JA Conference in Orlando, Florida hosted approximately 1,750 attendees, the Arthritis Foundation made a commitment to two JA Conferences in service of reaching more children and their families ...more
Victory in Illinois! Bill to Curb Step Therapy Signed into Law by Governor Bruce Rauner!

Victory in Illinois! Bill to Curb Step Therapy Signed into Law by Governor Bruce Rauner!

Imagine going to your healthcare provider and being told that your medication is no longer covered by your insurance. Kim and Gary Kitowski, of Columbia, IL, have faced that reality more than once. Kim, an Arthritis Foundation Ambassador, has lived with arthritis for more than 30 years and her husband, Gary, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis eight years ago. Because of step therapy, both have fought for access to medications that were prescribed by their doctors. Step therapy, sometimes known as fail first, is a growing insurance industry practice that requires patients to try and fail other, cheaper medications before the ...more
Biosimilar Substitution Victory in Hawaii!

Biosimilar Substitution Victory in Hawaii!

With new, innovative arthritis medications coming to market, patients with arthritis may soon have access to potentially less expensive biosimilar medications. These are medications that are similar but not exact copies of name brand biologics. However, imagine that, without your knowledge, your pharmacist substituted the biologic medication prescribed by your doctor with a new interchangeable biosimilar. Residents of Hawaii no longer have to worry because last week, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a package of bills into law that will, among other things, require communication to the patient and physician when a biosimilar substitution occurs. This will result in a complete ...more
On September 28th - Say YES to Making Massage Part of Your Holistic Approach to Care…for a Cause!  

On September 28th - Say YES to Making Massage Part of Your Holistic Approach to Care…for a Cause!  

For many of the more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis, finding ways to say Yes to winning the fight against pain and anxiety is key. A holistic approach to care is one of the most effective approaches to arthritis treatment, and one of the best ways to empower people with arthritis to live better each day. Massage Envy shares our understanding of the devastating physical and mental effects of arthritis, as well as our vision to fight those effects with a comprehensive approach to wellness that helps people with arthritis live their best life. Whether you are living with ...more
Study Finds Common Osteoporosis Drug Does Not Raise Risk of Femur Fracture

Study Finds Common Osteoporosis Drug Does Not Raise Risk of Femur Fracture

Taking the osteoporosis drug alendronate (Fosamax) for a decade or more doesn’t appear to increase the risk of rare femur (thighbone) fractures (also known as atypical femoral fractures), according to a new Danish study. The findings, published in May in The BMJ, contradict other research, which has found an association between thighbone fractures and long-term treatment with a class of osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates. Bisphosphonates, which include alendronate as well as risedronate sodium (Actonel), ibandronate (Boniva) and zoledronic acid (Reclast), are the most widely prescribed osteoporosis drugs. They’re intended to reduce fractures by slowing down the breakdown and resorption of bone, which ...more
Fibromyalgia and Nutrition

Fibromyalgia and Nutrition

Fibromyalgia is chronic arthritis-related condition with symptoms that may include widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, depression, headaches, mental fogginess, and bowel and bladder problems. A type of central sensitization or central pain syndrome, fibromyalgia is believed to result from a problem in the way the brain processes pain signals. Although the cause of fibromyalgia is not well understood, scientists are finding that certain nutrients or food additives may worsen symptoms for some people. Similarly, consuming or eliminating particular nutrients may lessen symptom severity. Here are three nutrients that may play a role in fibromyalgia and what researchers are learning about them. Food Additives & ...more
Dinosaur Remains Show Arthritis Has Been Around for More than 70 Million Years

Dinosaur Remains Show Arthritis Has Been Around for More than 70 Million Years

Many people with arthritis confirm it can take months -- even years -- to get an accurate diagnosis of arthritis, but for one prehistoric creature it took much longer than that. 70 million years, in fact. In a study published last week in the Royal Society Open Science, researchers detailed what is believed to be the first diagnosis of septic arthritis found in a dinosaur, providing evidence that animals of all kinds have been dealing with arthritis for millions of years. A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, New Jersey State Museum and the University of Massachusetts led by ...more