Osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis affect not only children, seniors, and even Pope John Paul II, but two all-star NBA players and ex-teammates who dominated the hardwood over the pass 15 years. Together, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant won three consecutive NBA titles before personality differences led Shaq to leave and sign with Miami.
While at Miami Shaq was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his big toe (“Big” when you consider he has size 23 feet). It affected Shaq’s game when he missed the first 12 games of the 2002-2003 because of toe surgery to treat his arthritis during which time he stated, “I got hurt on company time, so I’ll heal on company time.”
A few years after Shaq’s diagnosis, Kobe was diagnosed with inflammatory arthritis. Inflammatory arthritis may be a long name, but in short it motivated Kobe to travel to Germany to get a procedure by a little-known molecular orthopedist named Dr. Peter Wehling, as seen above. Inflammatory arthritis has affected Kobe’s game but we may be closer to a cure after Dr. Peter Wehling stated taht he has had a 90% success rate with, “…genetically screening his patients to personlize their treatments.”
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In the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology, a researcher reported that a knee brace will help alleviate a patient’s osteoarthritis (OA) pains. David T. Felson, MD, of the University of Manchester in England and his colleagues found that patients with knee OA who wore a patellofemoral brace for 6 weeks experienced less pain and bone marrow lesions.
Bone marrow lesions represent regions of bone that display hyperintense signals on MRI and fibrosis, necrosis, and microfractures on histology. In an interview with MedPage Today, Felson said: “Bone marrow lesions have been shown to predict later cartilage loss and to correlate with pain and its severity, so may be a viable treatment target in OA.” Continue reading
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Full disclosure: I’ve been struggling with my commitment to a gluten free diet. Adopting this way of eating is purely elective on my part because I do not suffer from a medical condition such as celiac disease or have a gluten sensitivity that makes it impossible to ingest glutens. I chose to be gluten free as a way to lessen the amount of inflammation in my body, perhaps to tame my osteoarthritis and lessen any flare-ups of my ankylosing spondylitis. Continue reading
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I’ve blogged about arthritis in my thumbs before and while I personally considered it an oddity, turns out that 8% to 10% of the population also suffer from this affliction.
In my case, the pain began about 7 years ago, and in typical “me” fashion, I ignored it (or at least I tried). At the time, I was on vacation and decided to begin biking for the first time in many years. The pads at the base of my thumbs became extremely sensitive, which I attributed it to the awkward angle of the bike’s handlebars and hand grips. I persevered and so did the pain. Over the next couple of weeks, the pain seemed to accelerate and even the purchase of a pair of biking gloves did little to alleviate the problem. I figured that the pain would abate on my return home to the frozen north. Wrong. Continue reading
Increasingly, provincial governments across Canada are looking to pharmacists to become more involved in primary healthcare. Consumers, faced with long wait times to see a physician, more than ever are going to their pharmacists not just for advice on general ailments, but also for primary healthcare services…
Consulting carefully and regularly with your healthcare team, including your pharmacist, is an important step for protecting your specific health issues. Based in the community at local pharmacies and hospitals, pharmacists are healthcare professionals trained to prepare and dispense medications prescribed by physicians.
At a time when it can take months to get an appointment with a doctor, those needing advice can usually find their pharmacists conveniently nearby and available. As a first point of contact, pharmacists can provide information about dosage, interactions, and side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications, and give advice on other, non-medication, therapies.
With this change in the healthcare environment, it is important to take the time to establish a good relationship with your local pharmacist, tell them about your arthritis, and provide an up-to-date list of your medications, so they can help ensure you are taking the right ones correctly. As a member of your arthritis healthcare team, the pharmacist will consult, if needed, with your doctor on medications prescribed for you, ensuring that everyone on your team is aware of any pre-existing conditions you may have or medications you are taking.
Out of recognition of the important role pharmacies can play in arthritis healthcare, ACE, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix formed a partnership that is providing Canadians with an opportunity to get screened for the most common types of arthritis and is making a significant difference in the lives of individuals living with the disease (and their families).
To learn more about this partnership, please click here.
A compound found in broccoli known as sulforaphane could help prevent or slow the progress of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common type of arthritis. It is estimated to affect more than 3,200,000 Canadians-about 1 in 10. Osteoarthritis is caused by the breakdown in cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a protein substance that acts as a cushion between bones in joints, allowing joints to function smoothly.
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Osteoarthritis can affect any joint, but hands and weight-bearing joints—including the spine, hips and knees—are most often affected. Other joints, like shoulders, elbows, and ankles, are less likely to be affected unless the joint has been damaged by injury. There are several warning signs for osteoarthritis. These include: Continue reading