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There are those days when I am able to move. There are those days when I am able to enjoy
life, and stay positive. Then there are
days like today where I question everything, and I don’t how I can handle
another day with this disease.
A whirlwind of emotions
This last month has been a whirlwind of emotions for me, and
that whirlwind of emotions is almost always accompanied by a flare and
depression. This last month has made me
question who I am and if I am strong enough to fight anymore. The truth is that sometimes I have
doubts. I recently started Lexapro, an
antidepressant for my depression, and it has really helped. But all of the issues that I have regarding
rheumatoid arthritis can only be treated if I am ready to work on them. And right now I am sad and tired. I am tired of being sad and tired. I get tired of thinking about how tired I am
of being sad and tired. Should I go on…? It always seem...
This report is the second in a two-part study on patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). In the first study it was found that patients with PFPS use less knee flexion when going up and down stairs compared to healthy adults. In this study physical therapy was used to see if reducing pain would increase knee flexion while climbing stairs. The same group of PFPS patients was in both studies. PFPS is a common cause of knee pain, especially when going up and down stairs. Normally the patella (kneecap) slides within a slot on the femur (thigh bone) called the trochlear groove . Sometimes the patella tracks improperly and doesn't stay in the groove. When this happens during movement pain occurs around the kneecap. Patients were divided into two groups. One group received physical therapy to decrease knee pain and improve muscle control. These patients were given exercises, mobilization of the patella, and corrective taping of the patella. The goal was to retrain quadriceps muscle function. This ...
A person over the age of 65 is at a higher risk of falling. That risk increases substantially if that person who is over 65 also has osteoarthritis. Of the people who do fall, one in 40 will be hospitalized 1 and of those, half will be dead within the year. Yes, falling is a deadly serious problem.
Why is the risk of falling higher when someone has arthritis? Anyone one who has osteoarthritis in the knees, hips, back, or ankles will tell you that walking becomes more difficult. As mobility becomes more difficult, tripping on that darn rug gets easier. The more joints involved, the more the risk of falling increases. Pain makes matters even worse. And sometimes joint replacement surgery makes falling more likely.
Just when you thought surgery was supposed to help the situation, one study showed that an elderly individual was much more likely to fall within the year after having a knee replaced. 2 The problem with that new knee is that the range of motion can be rather limit...
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