How Do You Know if You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease where the body attacks its own tissues, particularly the tissues of the joints. Unlike the wear-and-tear damage of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints. When RA affects the synovial membrane (the lining of a joint) it causes swelling, pain, and eventually erosion of the bone material underneath. Over time, …

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7 Exercises for Lower Back Pain Relief

When you are suffering from pain in the lower back it is difficult to do anything physically. Sometimes called lumbago or spondylosis, lower back pain is one of the most common forms of chronic pain among adults. If you have been resting your back hoping the pain will go away, you may be surprised to know that activity is better …

Early Signs of Arthritis in Fingers and Hands

There are many types of arthritis and related conditions that affect different parts of the fingers and hands. Common symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, or numbness in the wrist and fingers. Pitted nails, painful sores, or thickened skin that makes bending the fingers difficult may also occur. Read on to learn about some signs of arthritis that affect the fingers …

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What is Psoriatic Arthritis?

Oftentimes people get confused about the difference between psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disorder. It is characterized by red patches of skin with thick silvery scales. The most common form of psoriasis is plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis lesions most commonly are found on the elbows and knees. It can be painful, uncomfortable, unsightly, and itchy. Psoriatic arthritis …

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Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a very common joint problem. It can affect anyone. Shoulder pain may involve the cartilage, ligaments, muscles, nerves, or tendons. It can also include the shoulder blade, neck, arm, and hand. Seeking early treatment is important. It can take several weeks or longer for shoulder pain to heal. At-home shoulder pain remedies may help you to recover …

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Tips For Getting Through the Winter with Arthritis

With the coldest temperatures of the year upon us, you’ve probably felt the changes in weather affecting your joints. On top of that your motivation to get up and out of the house has decreased. How can you get through the winter with arthritis? Many people say cold, dry weather affects their joint pain levels. Winter can leave you feeling …

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Exercises for Sacroiliac Joint Pain Relief

Sacroiliac (SI) joint pain is felt in the lower back and buttocks. The pain results from damage or injury to this joint between the spine and hip. Sacroiliac pain can mimic other conditions, such as a herniated disc or hip problem. An accurate diagnosis is important to determine the source of the pain. The SI joint connects the hip bones …

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Is Arthritis an Autoimmune Disease?

Autoimmune diseases are the result of a malfunction in the immune system. Healthy cells are mistaken for foreign bodies. This causes the immune system to attack healthy cells in the body.  According to the Arthritis Foundation, as many as 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. There are many different forms of autoimmune diseases. The symptoms and …

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Knee Joint Pain – Causes and Treatment

Whether it’s a dull ache or a sharp pain, knee pain is a common problem in older adults. One study of adults over 50 found that one in four suffers from knee pain. And, nearly two-thirds had some type of knee pain during the 12-year study period. Knee joint pain is often caused by overuse. Pain in the knee joint …

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Elbow Joint Pain – Causes and Treatment

Elbow joint pain is often caused by overuse. Tennis, golf, even our jobs can require repetitive hand and arm movements. Elbow joint pain may often be due to a form of arthritis. However, the elbow joint is less prone to wear-and-tear damage than many other joints. Elbow joint pain may also be due to bursitis, tendinitis, sprain, or fracture.  Arthritis …

All About Joint Creams for Arthritis and Joint Health

Arthritis can be a debilitating condition. It often causes inflammation, aches, pain, stiffness, and even degeneration. Management for arthritis involves diet, exercise, and taking pain relief medication or supplements. Another option is to try an over-the-counter (OTC) topical joint cream to seek relief. Let’s take a look at how arthritis joint creams work. We also discuss the safety and side …

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What Helps Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes pain that radiates in the bottom of your foot. It happens to anyone, at any age. However, it is considered an overuse injury that is common for people who spend a lot of time on their feet. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue. It connects your …

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Sudden Joint Pain in Hands

Pain and stiffness in and around one or more joints are common symptoms for most types of arthritis. Depending on the type of arthritis, symptoms can develop suddenly or gradually over time. Symptoms may come and go, or persist over time. Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. And it is the leading cause of hand pain. Arthritis …

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The Best Collagen for Joints

What is Collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is the protein that is found in our bones, teeth, muscles, skin, and tendons. It is the protein that holds our bodies together. Collagen gives our bodies strength and structure. Endogenous collagen is the natural collagen, synthesized by the body. As we age, the body breaks …

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Joint Pain After Pregnancy

The main reason many mothers have intense joint pain after pregnancy is because of the weight gain that occurs while expecting. The baby’s weight increases throughout the pregnancy. The mother’s body tries its best to carry this weight. The pain can be a result of the body coming to terms with the completion of the pregnancy. Some mothers are more …

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Heel Pain – Causes, Treatment, Prevention

Keeping your feet healthy is quite literally the foundation of mobility. Suffering from foot pain makes it extremely difficult to get around. The simple act of walking is so painful and this is discouraging.  Heel pain can have different causes. These commonly include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, sprains, strains, fractures, and arthritis. Read on to learn more about the …

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Five Unlikely Causes of Joint Pain

When thinking about what may be causing your joints to ache, many people think aging and arthritis. While these are common causes of joint pain, there are many different causes to consider. Here are five unlikely causes of joint pain you may not have been aware of.  1. Dehydration Most people know about the common signs of dehydration: muscle cramps, …

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What Can You Take to Lubricate Your Joints?

We all know what the best thing to do is to eliminate the sound of a squeaky door or hinge. The squeaky wheel gets the grease is an old saying we all have heard before. And, the same goes for aging painful joints. Even though you might not hear them creak, joints that aren’t oiled with thick, viscous synovial fluid …

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What Protein Causes Joint Pain?

The typical American diet includes high-protein foods like beef, pork, chicken, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Just about every meal in typical American diets center around protein. If you eat this type of diet, chances are you get plenty of protein.  In fact, you probably get more protein than you need. Despite what fitness buffs and the makers of protein …

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Core Exercises for Neck Pain

From time to time we all get a  stiff neck. If you are waking up with a neck ache in the morning, you may not realize that the problem didn’t start overnight. It usually takes many years to develop neck pain. When your pillow is too low, your neck is not supported properly and the joints between your vertebrae in your neck will …