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Prevent slips, trips and falls

In a previous post titled “Falls” more prominent in middle-aged to older adults with arthritis, we learned that the chances of falling are two or three times more likely in middle-aged and older adults living with arthritis in comparison to those without arthritis. The chances of getting injuries due to falls are also higher in this group. 

Man climbing up ladderFalls can cause a type of arthritis known as post-traumatic arthritis. Post-traumatic arthritis is caused by the wearing out of a joint that has had any kind of physical injury. Injuries include, but are not limited to, those from playing sports, a motor vehicle accident, and a fall. Poor treatment and rehabilitation of these injuries can cause damage to the cartilage and/or the bone, affecting the natural mechanics of the joint, making it wear out more easily and quickly. Continued injury to the same ligament or joint and excess body weight can exacerbate the wearing-out process.

Slips, trips and falls can occur anywhere – whether you are at work, playing sports, or taking a leisure walk around your neighbourhood. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety defines slips, trips and falls as follow:

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Fracture risk increases for women with osteoarthritis

Slip and fall signageA 20-year Australian study reports that women with osteoarthritis (OA) have an increased risk of fragility fracture, even if their bone mineral density (BMD) is normal and their body mass index (BMI) is high.

The study looked at data from 2,412 women and 1,452 men aged older than 45 (average 69). Researchers discovered that 29% of women and 26% of men had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis. According to lead researcher Professor Tuan Nguyen of the Genetic Epidemiology of Osteoporosis Lab at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, the risk is fairly substantial and women with OA have a 50% increase in the risk of fracture.

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AS it Goes – Amber as Therapy?

Amber bead necklace in heart shapeMy friend, her daughter and her 6-month old son recently came for an afternoon visit and while the baby entertained us with his antics, his shirt opened to reveal that he was wearing a necklace made of small amber beads.

The baby’s mother, a university-educated and grounded young woman, told me that many young babies wear these necklaces because it is believed that amber has strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Babies wear amber as a remedy for teething; Baltic amber, in particular, is thought to soothe and calm a fussy baby without resorting to drugs. Continue reading

Rocker-sole shoes an option for those with knee OA?

One shoeA recent research study report that, compared with standard walking shoes, rocker-sole shoes significantly reduced the load going through the knee (without a significant immediate impact on walking pain), which may help patients living with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study collaborator include the Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne, Elizabeth Madden, a senior lecturer in podiatry, and Dr. Crystal Kean from Exercise and Sports Science.

Shoes with rocker soles have bottoms that are shaped like a boat, with rounded edges at the front and back of your foot. The logic is that the rocker-bottoms are less stable, requiring you to constantly adjust to the instability and work on your balance; therefore, making your muscles work. According to Ryn rocker sole technology, the benefits of rocker-sole shoes are:

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Be our guest, please take a seat to relief your arthritis pain

Periods of rest with physical activities are important for people living with arthritis and for those who have had a recent joint injury or surgery. For Cheryl Koehn of Arthritis Consumer Experts, she loves to see occasional benches or tree stumps that she can sit down and rest for a minute before carrying on, especially if she is on a long walk with Molly, her labradoodle puppy.

Our dear friend Céline from Céline Interiors Inc. notes her opinion about public benches in her blog C note:

“Historically designed as seats for everyday folk, bench designs today are far from common. As an antidote to urban isolation communal seating has gained in popularity. Designers have embraced the revival with stunning designs that re-think the humble bench.”

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We have included an excerpt of Céline’s C note blog below. Feel free to share pictures of unique looking benches in your area. What would you do to make a bench arthritis-friendly?

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Demande de rétroaction de patients sur les produits biologiques ultérieurs de l’innovateur infliximab (Remsima™ et Inflectra™)

Demande de rétroaction de patients sur les produits biologiques ultérieurs de l’innovateur infliximab (Remsima™ et Inflectra™) dans le traitement de la spondylarthrite ankylosante, du psoriasis en plaques, de l’arthrite psoriasique et (ou) de la polyarthrite rhumatoïde.

Megaphone GraphicSouffrez-vous de spondylarthrite ankylosante, de psoriasis en plaques, d’arthrite psoriasique et (ou) de polyarthrite rhumatoïde ou prodiguez-vous des soins à quelqu’un qui en souffre ? Vos commentaires seraient précieux.

Santé Canada définit le produit biologique ultérieur (PBU) comme étant un produit biologique qui a fait son entrée sur le marché après une première version déjà autorisée et qui présente une similarité établie avec ce médicament biologique innovateur (tel que Remicade®).

Contrairement aux médicaments plus communs à petites molécules, les médicaments biologiques présentent généralement une complexité moléculaire élevée et sont sensibles aux modifications dans les pratiques de fabrication. Les PBU ne sont pas identiques à leurs produits innovateurs parce que leurs caractéristiques chimiques ne peuvent être facilement copiées. Toutefois, les PBU possèdent des profils uniques en matière d’efficacité, d’immunogénicité et d’innocuité qui diffèrent de leurs produits innovateurs respectifs.

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