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Yes my gramps has artritis really bad but that gives him no excuse to not play catch does it?

Yes my gramps has artritis really bad but that gives him no excuse to not play catch does it?

Poor granpa: Arthritis is painful joints especially on motion. Gramps might be on medication to lessen the pain, but significant exercise can worsen the pain. It might actually prevent the ability to do the ball throwing altogether. Let gramps be the judge as he wants to be a good grandpa in your eyes, but you should not feel bad about him if he declines this activity. It is not an excuse. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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My knee is swollen from knee arthritus after playing ball what to do?

My knee is  swollen  from knee arthritus after playing ball what to do?

Modify your exercise: Ah...The 50's. Have you tried r.I.C.E. Therapy. Rest. Which is to take it easy for a while. Apply ice every 15 minutes for the first few hours. Compress it with an ace wrap or neoprene brace and elevate the limb, like on a pillow. You can safely add Ibuprofen or naproxen, if you have no allergies and take no other meds (if you do, ask your pharmacist first). ...Read more

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A bruise appeared on my kneecap after playing ball. I also have knee arthritus.

A bruise appeared on my kneecap after playing ball. I also have knee arthritus.

Contusion : Sounds like a simple contusion from impact playing ball. Arthritis doesn't cause bruising. If you have significant swelling, loss of motion or pain, follow up with your physician. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritus can I still play sports.Should i wear knee protection?

You can play, but...: You can continue to play your sports as long as you can tolerate the pain and discomfort caused by the arthritis in your knees. If the pain becomes too bothersome, you could try corticosteroid injections or hyaluronic acid injections into the knee. Arthritis is an internal inflammation of the joint, so wearing external knee braces won't do anything to alleviate your pain or protect your knees. ...Read more

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Will arthritis drastically effect my piano and harp playing?

Will arthritis drastically effect my piano and harp playing?

Any musician or : Anone who gets arthritis will larn to gradually adapt to new ays to do things. Just as ones voice changes over time and large joint and back pain affect paying an instruemtn so will had or wrist arthritis. Drastic may be too drstic a word but of course that depends upon ones tolerance for change. Change t our bodies occurs and it affect everything... ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop arthritis from playing the piano?

Is it possible to develop arthritis from playing the piano?

No: Studies have shown that piano playing does not increase the risk of arthritis in the hands and wrists. ...Read more

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What can I do to continue playing sports despite my arthritis?

What can I do to continue playing sports despite my arthritis?

Strength-Flexibility: The best way to keep playing is to keep your range of motion as great as possible, and your bones and joints as functional as possible. Don't forget to add flexibility and strength training to your routine as much as possible. It is harder to recover from injury as you get older, and the more muscle and flexibility you have the better. A visit with a physical therapist can help. Try sports yoga. ...Read more

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Is it possible to keep playing guitar with arthritis in the thumbs?

Is it possible to keep playing guitar with arthritis in the thumbs?

Yes: I have treated several professional musicians for thumb arthritis using a minimally invasive technique (arthroscopic hemitrpeziectomy) along with stem cell resurfacing of the joint with excellent success. One in particular has been playing guitar at the grande ole oprey in nashville 3 weeks after surgery. There are definitely some good options and i can give out references if you like. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more