May 10 is World Lupus Day. Do you know that lupus and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) share similar symptoms? Both can cause joint pain, swelling, and stiffness. The joints that are most commonly affected – the small joints in the fingers, knees, ankles, and toes – are the same. Both lupus and RA can cause morning stiffness lasting for at least an hour and symptoms usually appear symmetrical (i.e., both wrists are in pain).
Below are symptoms that people with lupus experience and are rare in those with RA:
Travelling with arthritis can be challenging because of the added physical and mental stress on your body and mind. But if you are a travel enthusiast, nothing will stop you from travelling. Here are some helpful tips to make travelling safer and easier: Continue reading →
Massage therapy for arthritis is conducted by a licensed massage therapist or physiotherapist. After consulting with your specialist, you can do self-massages at home. In a research study, Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, found that regular use of the simple therapy led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall functions of the joints.
In another study, Field and her team found that massage also benefits people with painful hand or wrist arthritis. There were twenty-two adults, mostly women, in this study. The women have been diagnosed with either hand or wrist arthritis. Each participant was given four weekly massages from a therapist and taught to do their own massage to alleviate joint pain and soreness at home. Field concluded: “Just a 15-minute, moderate pressure massage per day, led to reduced pain and anxiety, and increased grip strength for the participants as measured on comparative pre- and post-therapy tests.”
Help some of Canada’s top health researchers uncover what’s important to patients
A group of Canada’s leading health researchers in arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and skin diseases has formed an elite team to research certain complications associated with these diseases. Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) is proud to be a part of this research project called PRECISION, by providing the arthritis consumer and patient viewpoint through a survey. Continue reading →
A small pleasure when spending time in Southwest Florida during the winter is to attend the wide variety of arts and crafts shows staged by local artists’ associations and charitable organizations. Held during the winter “season”, these outdoor exhibitions feature everything from high-quality fine art and jewelry to inexpensive pottery and hobby crafts. Many of the artisans travel around on a show circuit from city to city, so there is a certain repetition in the type of items for sale. Continue reading →
Women appear to have a higher risk of implant failure than men following total hip replacement after considering patient-, surgery-, surgeon-, volume- and implant-specific risk factors.
Total hip replacement, also known as total hip arthroplasty (THA), is more often performed in women than men. Sex-specific risk factors and outcomes have been investigated in other major surgical procedures and, in theory, might be more important to study in THA because of anatomical differences between men and women, the authors write in the study background.
Researchers noted this was true even after taking other individual risk factors into account. They said their findings could help doctors better manage the differences between men and women.
Physical therapy plays an important role in managing arthritis. It can help you maintain independence through improving your mobility, strength, and flexibility. Used along with medication it can also help to minimize pain. Continue reading →
From the National Post, February 26, 2013 – This is the story of Erinn McQueen, a varsity athlete who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in her third year of university, at the age of 21. Now 34 years old and married with two children, Erinn had her hip replaced in March 2011 and is unable to return to work. She has tried a variety of treatments over the years, “including biologics that can cost tens of thousands of dollars a year.” She is quoted as saying, “I have been on intravenous infusion treatments and the injections I give myself… It was a pretty difficult thing to realize that I likely wouldn’t play again or even just go for a run… I sort of view RA as the opponent, I wake up every day and know that this is my challenge.” Continue reading →
Imagine being able to get rid the pain of osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for months with a single injection. That may soon become a reality. A new medication, which is just about to enter its first human trials, looks promising.
Clinically, scientists have focused on trying to understand how cartilage and joints degenerate in osteoarthritis (OA). “But no one knows why it hurts,” said Dr. Anne-Marie Malfait, associate professor of biochemistry and of internal medicine at Rush, “Joint pain associated with OA has unique features that provide insight into the mechanisms that cause it.”
Rather than looking at the way cartilage breaks downs in osteoarthritis, this study is looking at the pain pathway. The hope is that this will lead the way to new pain remedies.