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  • Clinical Trials Guide for Arthritis Patients

    A clinical trial is a research study conducted with patients to evaluate a new medical treatment, drug, or device. The purpose of clinical trials is to find new and improved methods of treating different diseases and special conditions. Arthritis Research Starts in the Laboratory Clinical trials make it possible to apply the latest scientific and […]

  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Giant Cell Arteritis- FAQ

    What Is Polymyalgia Rheumatica? Polymyalgia rheumatica is a rheumatic disorder associated with moderate-to-severe musculoskeletal pain and stiffness in the neck, shoulder, and hip area. Stiffness is most noticeable in the morning or after a period of inactivity, and typically lasts longer than 30 minutes. This disorder may develop rapidly; in some people it comes on […]

  • Steroid Injections and Arthritis

    Steroids (short for corticosteroids) are synthetic drugs that closely resemble cortisol, a hormone that your adrenal glands produce naturally. Corticosteroids are different from the male hormone-related steroid compounds that some athletes use. Steroids work by decreasing inflammation and reducing the activity of the immune system. Steroids are used to treat a variety of inflammatory diseases […]

  • What Is Inflammation?

    Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system — the immune system — triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. […]

  • Symptoms of Gout

    What Are the Symptoms of Gout? Symptoms of gout usually strike unexpectedly. They typically do not last more than a week, but may recur. Although, less commonly, some patients may have chronic pain due to gout. Symptoms of a gout attack may include: Sudden, intense pain in a joint, typically the big toe or ankle, […]

  • Ways to Prevent Gout

    How Can I Prevent Gout? If gout runs in the family, men in particular should limit their intake of alcohol, fats, and foods that are more likely to increase uric acid level in the body — meat, sardines, bacon, mussels, and yeast. Alcohol, especially beer, can also bring on an attack of gout. Such men […]

  • Questions and Answers about Hip Replacement

    What Is a Hip Replacement? Hip replacement, or arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the diseased parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with new, artificial parts. These artificial parts are called the prosthesis. The goals of hip replacement surgery are to improve mobility by relieving pain and improve function of the […]

  • Questions and Answers about Arthritis Pain

    What Is Arthritis? The word arthritis literally means joint inflammation, but is often used to refer to a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases that can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling in the joints. These diseases may affect not only the joints but also other parts of the body, including important supporting structures such […]

  • Understanding Arthritis and Inflammation

    The body’s white blood cells and substances that they produce to protect our bodies from infection by foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses. In some inflammatory diseases, however, the body’s defense system — the immune system — triggers a response when there are no foreign substances to fight off. In these diseases, called autoimmune […]

  • The Basics of Plantar Fasciitis

    What Is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick, fibrous band of tissue (”fascia”) that reaches from the heel to the toes, supporting the muscles and arch of the foot. When the plantar fascia is overly stretched, tiny tears can occur in its surface, causing inflammation and pain. While some people have attributed […]

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