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  • Pain relief: Taking NSAIDs safely

    Pain relief: Taking NSAIDs safely

    Before you use these popular pain pills, weigh the heart risks and other side effects carefully. When your joints ache or your head throbs, you might turn to aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve) for pain relief. Millions of Americans rely on these and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) every day. NSAIDs are so […]

  • Could your joint pain be bursitis?

    Could your joint pain be bursitis?

    Photos: Thinkstock Sharp shoulder pain that includes tenderness, swelling, redness, and stiffness may be the result of an inflamed shoulder bursa. The tip-off may be swelling near, but not in, the joints. Joint pain is a common complaint as we age, but the cause isn’t always arthritis. Sometimes another condition can result in pain, stiffness, […]

  • Don’t look to insoles to solve your knee pain

    Don’t look to insoles to solve your knee pain

    Photo: Thinkstock Save your money if you’re considering investing in a wedge insole to relieve your pain from knee osteoarthritis; a research review published in the Aug. 21, 2013, Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the shoe inserts do little—if anything—to relieve arthritis pain. Wedge insoles, and in this case lateral wedge insoles, […]

  • Ask the doctor: How can I treat back pain?

    Ask the doctor: How can I treat back pain?

    Image: Thinkstock Try the least invasive options first to relieve back pain—including exercise, physical therapy, and pain medications. Q. Do you have any suggestions for a 79-year-old woman who has quite a bit of pain in her back? I have spinal stenosis and curvature of the spine. A. Back pain is a common problem in […]

  • What’s causing your lower back pain?

    What’s causing your lower back pain?

    Image: Thinkstock Most strains, sprains, and disc problems will get better on their own, but it may take months. The top three causes are sprains and strains, herniated discs, and stenosis. Lower back pain is among the most common complaints of older age. The lumbar or lower area of the spine can suffer from many […]

  • Ask the doctor: Mistaken migraines

    Ask the doctor: Mistaken migraines

    Q. I have suffered from sinus headaches for years and have tried over-the-counter allergy medications without any improvement. Is there something else I can do? A. Seasonal allergies can cause sinus congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose, but when you experience pain and pressure in your head it may be time to consider other causes. […]

  • Ask the doctor: Jogging and arthritis

    Ask the doctor: Jogging and arthritis

    Image: Thinkstock Q. I’m 68 and I’ve jogged regularly for decades, but I’ve developed a touch of arthritis in my knees. Will continuing to run make my knees wear out faster? A. Having mild arthritis in the knees should not stop you from running, and the running probably did not create the problem in the […]

  • Bad knees? Even light activity can protect your mobility

    Bad knees? Even light activity can protect your mobility

    Image: Thinkstock If you have knee arthritis, the wearing away of cartilage at the joint, you may think that only long-term, intensive therapy will keep you walking. But simply increasing light activity may be all it takes to keep you from being sidelined. A study published in BMJ April 29, 2014, found that more time […]

  • Can you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Can you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?

    Physical therapy, splinting, and corticosteroid injections may relieve symptoms temporarily. You may suspect that you have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) if you experience numbness, tingling, and weakness in your hand. CTS is a common condition that doesn’t go away on its own. “The longer you wait to get help, the less likely you will respond […]

  • Quick fixes for your aching feet

    Quick fixes for your aching feet

    Addressing arch, tendon, and nail pain will protect your mobility and independence. You’re not alone if you’ve developed pain in your feet since the temperatures outside dropped. “Colder weather makes you realize there’s a problem,” says Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. “You’re no longer wearing sandals, and your […]

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