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What is arthritis?

What is arthritis?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation within a joint. The most common type is osteoarthritis which is a wear and tear arthritis. Another is rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune problem where the body attacks its own tissues. The common syptoms of arthritis is pain, swelling and stiffness in the affected joint. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) is a term used to describe a common type of arthritis in children. It is a long-term (chronic) disease resulting in ...Read more


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What is osteo arthritis?

What is  osteo arthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA): Is a "wear and tear" arthritis, degeneration of one or more joints. It can have many causes such as an injury, biomechanical abnormalities and more which cause progressive joint damage over time. Treatment is largely symptomatic at first, but it is also wise to look into the underlying cause to help treat it effectively. ...Read more

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What are some good low impact exercises with arthritis?

What are some good low impact exercises with arthritis?

Swimming: Swimming is a great exercise for people with arthritis. Make sure to check with your doctor before starting an exercise program to make sure it is safe for you. ...Read more

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Which medicine for arthritis is most effective?

Which medicine for arthritis is most effective?

Arthitis medicine: The definition of arthritis is deceptively simple: an inflammation that involves one or more joints. More than 100 diseases fit this description, from the simplest inflammation in one joint to complex autoimmune diseases. Most common used madication are:nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (relafen, voltaren, Mobic and ibuprofen, celebrex, vioxx and Bextra and Aspirin and magnesium salicylatethank. ...Read more

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What are the different types of arthritis, ?

What are the different types of arthritis, ?

Multiple: This requires a book to answer, but: i'll try. In general, there are two types of arthritis: inflammatory and non-inflammatory. Inflammatory involves a systemic condition which is attacking your joints or creating inflammation (rheumatoid, gout, psoriatic, lyme disease, etc.). The non-inflammatory is osteoarthritis (aka degenerative and wear-and-tear). This is the arthritis of wear or aging. ...Read more

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Can I get diisability for arthritis?

Can I get diisability for arthritis?

Hopefully not!: Most patients with arthritis lead quite functional lives. A number may have modest functional damage, but keep working! but I have patients with trivial problems, who want to drop out because of a diagnosis! most are not and will not become disabled! ...Read more

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Does food affect arthritis?

Does food affect arthritis?

Depends on type: 150 types of arthritis. Gout is affected by diet (prot., purines, alcohol); rheumatoid maybe modestly affected by amt and type of fat intake. High fat and omega 6 (land fats) can increase body's chemical mediators of inflammation; lower fat and omega 3 (marine oils) lower them. Flax/walnuts nahclinical effect? Maybe; couldn't hurt. Doesn't take the place of meds. Cherries don't stop gout attacks. ...Read more

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What about unflavored jello for pain and arthritis relief ?

What about unflavored jello for pain and arthritis relief ?

We don't know: Gelatin contains collagen, which helps make up our bones. Some people have said that it helps them but we don't have good studies that shows gelatin works for arthritis. ...Read more

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Does cracking in your shoulders meen you have arthritis.?

Does cracking in your shoulders meen you have arthritis.?

Depends: It really depends on the degree, occasionally popping sounds from any joint is benign. If the shoulders are constantly producing grinding sounds or if you feel a type of clunking sensation in the shoulders, there could be a problem and you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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What is the best way to manage arthritis ?

What is the best way to manage arthritis ?

Stay active: Arthritis can be thought of as rust in the joint, and staying active is the best way to keep the joints moving freely. Tylenol can also be helpful, and sometimes injections (depending on the joint) can provide a great deal of relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is the progressive ...Read more