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Diseases that fall under spondyloarthritis umbrella are ankylosing spondylitis , reactive arthritis (known previously as Reiter's syndrome) psoriatic arthritis and psoriatic spondylitis, and the arthritis or spondylitis associated with the inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease . Still other patients may develop undifferentiated spondyloarthritis. This means they have symptoms or signs of one of the illnesses above, but don't develop the full blown disease. The disease most frequently begins between ages 20 and 40, but may begin before age 10. It affects more males than females. Risk factors include a family history of ankylosing spondylitis and male gender. Symptoms of Spondyloarthris The disease starts with hip or low back pain that comes and goes and is worse at night, in the morning, or after inactivity. Back pain may begin in the sacroiliac joints (between the pelvis and the spine) and involve all or part of the spine. Pain may go aw...
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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