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Stiffness in a joint; Pain - joints; Arthralgia
Follow prescribed therapy in treating the underlying cause.
For nonarthritis joint pain, both rest and exercise are important. Warm baths, massage, and stretching exercises should be used as frequently as possible.
Anti-inflammatory medications may help relieve pain and swelling. Consult your health care provider before giving aspirin or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen to children.
Call your health care provider if
Contact your health care provider if:
You have fever that is not associated with flu symptoms
You have lost 10 pounds or more without trying (unintended weight loss)
Your joint pain lasts for more than 3 days
You have severe, unexplained joint pain, particularly if you have other unexplained symptoms
What to expect at your health care provider's office
Your health care provider will perform a physical exam and ask you about your medica...
I've discussed Actemra often in this blog, and once again it
has been in the news: the British medical journal The Lancet earlier this month published two studies that showed its effectiveness in the treatment of
rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis .
Actemra, for those of you who may not yet know, is a drug
that is currently being considered by the FDA for use in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
The results from the so-called OPTION trial were from a
major Phase III international study. This study found that Actemra improved not
only symptoms but also quality of life when compared to methotrexate.
The OPTION study was designed so that study subjects
received either Actemra plus methotrexate OR placebo plus methotrexate. The
study was conducted in 17 countries outside the United States. More than half the
patients treated with Actemra -- 58.5% --
of achieved a 20% reduction in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms compared to just 26.5%
who were taking the placebo p...
The repetition of our lives causes certain muscle groups to become short, tight, and stiff. With the development of these muscle imbalances around joints, the joints can become painful and misaligned. A few key stretches from head to toe can help you feel better.
1. Neck Extensors : The back of the neck gets so tight and sore. By simply resting the back of your head on a pillow and drawing your chin towards your chest (without lifting your head off the pillow), these muscles can learn to relax.
2. The Pectoralis Muscles : These muscles that lie underneath the breasts become shortened to the point that they will draw the shoulders forward. This forward shoulder position effects both the shoulders and the neck in a bad way. Stretching the pectoralis muscles is simple: just squeeze the shoulder blades together, thereby pulling the shoulders back and the chest out. Ahhh!
3. Hip Flexor (Psoas) : Because we sit most of the day, this major hip muscle needs frequent stretching; otherwise, it c...
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