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
“It’s about good communication.” How often have we heard this wisdom when it comes to personal or professional situations? We have all experienced how a failure to communicate can derail a situation or relationship because our messages were misunderstood or misspoken. Continue reading
According to recent study, there was a strong connection between the severity and intensity of morning symptoms (including pain and stiffness) and measures of disease activity in the lives of those living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Below are the findings from the study:
- Relation between the severity of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain and measures of disease activity = Pearson correlation of 0.91 (P<0.001)
- Relation between the duration and severity of morning stiffness and the Disease Activity Score at 28 joints (DAS28) and the American College of Rheumatology -20 score (ACR20) = Pearson correlation of 0.50 (P<0.001)
- Duration of morning stiffness and intensity of morning pain – Pearson correlation of 0.46 (P<0.001)
- Pain on waking as measured in patient diaries and at a clinic visits as part of the ACR assessment – Pearson correlation of 0.69 (P<0.0001)
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD), in collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow at 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST. The Manager Involvement in Work Re-Integration webinar will feature Dr. Karin Maiwald, who will be presenting a study into the managers’ experiences with return-to-work policy in a Canadian setting. Continue reading
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability will be hosting, as part of their Chronic Pain Webinar Series, The Stanford Chronic Pain Self-Management Program (CPSMP): International Perspectives on Thursday, November 20 at 8:30am PST.
The CPSMP is a two-and-a-half hour workshop given once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries and hospitals. The workshop covers the following topics: Continue reading
The Fall season is great for exploring food choices. With seasonal holidays like Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas, it is easy to fall off the healthy eating wagon while creating the perfect holiday dish. Here are some fun facts to consider before you prep your next meal.
In a recent article on WebMD, it is noted that scientists define fruit as the part of a plant that develops from a flower and has seeds. It means that bell peppers, squash, cucumbers and pumpkins are considered fruits. Did you also know that one green pepper contains 176 percent of your daily needs for vitamin C? Red and yellow peppers can double that number. A citrus fruit, like the orange, contains just 75 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement. Sweet peppers are also rich sources of vitamin B6 and folate.
Bananas are berries because it is a fruit that develops from a single flower and a single ovary (the female part of a flower). In a similar fashion, grapes and kiwis are also berries. Bananas are rich in potassium and the arthritis-fighting vitamin B6, folate, and vitamin C. They are also a source of soluble fiber, which helps you lose weight by making you feel full without adding calories.
In their Fall issue, The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy featured an article titled “Occupation and the Artist: Sculpting the Illness Experience” on a person that is a favourite in the arthritis and art community – Otto Kamensek. In the article, Otto shares what his exhibit “Glimmer of Hope” means to him.
“Glimmer of Hope” is a visual journal of the pain Otto has experienced throughout his life with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA). It illustrates the changes and sensations that have occurred in his body. Throughout his work, he uses symbolism to represent the types of pain he experiences and where it occurs in his joints. Lightning bolts represent flashes of pain, needles represent sharp pain, melted down nails represent festering pain, and elongated pyramids represent monumental pain. His sculpture also depicts scars from hip and knee replacements, muscle wasting, and physical changes in the feet and hands.
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD), with The Arthritis Society and OASIS (Osteoarthritis Service Integration System), will be hosting a free webinar tomorrow on overcoming fatigue with arthritis.
The webinar will be held in conjunction with CIRPD’s 28th Annual General Meeting. Due to this, the CIRPD will be having a live, in-person presentation in Vancouver, BC, as well as hosting the webinar online. Below is the time and location of the presentation. To attend the presentation online or in-person, please follow the links.
Time: October 1, 2014 at 1:00pm PDT, 4:00pm EDT
Life Sciences Centre
2350 Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Click here to read the presentation agenda.
Dealing with fatigue on a regular basis can be a challenge. When you also have osteoarthritis, it can make performing every day activities very stressful. However, there are many practical strategies you can use on a daily basis to manage your fatigue and perform your daily activities with greater ease.
The webinar will present some current research on fatigue and discuss strategies and tools to help you identify fatigue triggers. You will also discover adaptive aids and pain management strategies to enable you to be more independent with many daily activities. At the end of this lecture, attendees will be able to answer the following questions:
The Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00am PDT or 2:00pm EDT titled “How to Support a Loved One Who is Living with Chronic Pain”. The webinar is co-sponsored by Pain BC and The Canadian Pain Coalition. Register for the webinar now.
In the webinar, you will learn:
- Strategies for supporting a loved one who has chronic pain.
- Things to avoid when attempting to support your loved one.
- The ways in which chronic pain can impact family members, for better or worse.
Dr. Susan Holtzman, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus) and registered psychologist, will draw from her experience and training and share the most effective strategies for supporting the people you love, as well as some of the patterns of support that can be damaging to your relationship and health.
Dr. Holtzman is especially interested in how social relationships can help or hinder people’s efforts to cope with their illness, and how chronic illness can impact the family. Her research has been supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the National Institutes of Health.
The Arthritis Broadcast Network would like to share with you below Chronic Marriage’s blog post titled “In Sickness As in Health”, where Helena shares her response to a book on navigating marriage (and life) with chronic pain.
In Sickness As in Health
Every once in a while, you stumble upon a really helpful book that you want to share with everyone. In Sickness As In Health – Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness (Roundtree Press, 2013) byBarbara Kivowitz and Roanne Weisman is one such book.
Co-author Barbara Kivowitz has herself lived with chronic pain since 1999 so she writes from experience and with authority. She is also a psychotherapist, organizational consultant and advisor to several health systems. In other words, she knows her stuff.
The book is broken down into three parts and 12 chapters: