According to a recent review published in the Cochrane Library, topical treatments (gels, creams, sprays) are effective in providing pain relief for acute musculoskeletal pain in adults. The review was conducted by a team of Cochrane authors based in the United Kingdom and the Cochrane Pain, Palliative, and Supportive Care Review Group and based on a review that was initially published in 2010. Continue reading
“Spring has sprung
The grass is riz
I wonder where the birdie is?
The little bird is on the wing,
But that’s absurd!
Because the wing is on the bird!”
This little ditty, which many of us learned as children, should be changed for all chronic pain sufferers: substitute “pain” for “bird”! (The verse is equally nonsensical if you read bird or pain, with apologies to author Ogden Nash, an American poet best known for writing pithy and funny light verse). Continue reading
The last thing someone living with the extreme pain of arthritis may want to think about is . . . exercise. As it happens, exercise is one of the most important components — along with healthy eating — of your arthritis treatment plan. Low-impact exercise can be beneficial for someone living with arthritis.
Low-impact exercise / high-impact benefit
Walking, bicycling, yoga, tai chi, Pilates, low-impact aerobics, swimming, and water aerobics are types of low-impact exercises. Regardless of their age, those living with long-term arthritis and its associated pain can participate in low-impact exercises. A bonus, is that low-impact exercise decreases stress levels and helps to improve the way you feel. If you are doing any of these activities outdoor, remember to wear sunscreen and proper footwear.
A recent study published in the journal Rheumatology found that 40% of patients scored low in an adherence questionnaire at least once during the course of the study. The study was conducted by researchers from the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Epidemiology at The University of Manchester. They studied 392 rheumatoid arthritis patients who started taking the biological therapy adalimumab (Humira®) during the year 2007-2009.
Professor Ian Bruce, senior author and director of the NIHR Manchester Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit, said: “This is one of the first studies to assess biological adherence in rheumatoid arthritis patients over time. In the era of new and effective high-cost drugs, there is the assumption that people with rheumatoid arthritis regularly take their medication as prescribed, but our findings challenge this assumption. We have shown that health professionals should not assume that because biologics are effective and expensive that all patients will take these as prescribed.” Continue reading
In May’s JointHealth™ monthly Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) looks at the state of arthritis in the workplace and announces the second annual search for Canada’s Best Workplace for Employees Living with Arthritis. The deadline to apply for this award is Friday, July 24, 2015. Below are highlights and snippets from this month’s newsletter: Continue reading
May 20 is World Autoimmune Arthritis Day. The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis established this commemorative date back in 2012. The virtual event unites dozen of nonprofits, advocates, and experts from around the world to provide educational and awareness information to patients, their supporters, and the general public.
In the past, the event was organized as an online convention. This year, participants and partner organizations will participate in a virtual global race where they will visit social media and organizational websites, join live “detours” (webinars and web chats), and access community resource and raise awareness for autoimmune arthritis. During the Call to Action LIVE Awareness “Crowd Rallies” program, participants can join the Autoimmune Sing-a-Long Detour or submit a video contest on the topic of “raising your glass to raise awareness about autoimmune arthritis. Continue reading