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Over time our understanding of diseases deepens and evolves, for the scientific community as well as the patient community. This is certainly true for rheumatic and arthritic diseases. Today, I’d like to introduce you to one type of arthritis which is not widely discussed in the patient community.
What is Jaccoud’s arthropathy?
In 1869, F.S. Jaccoud, a French clinician, described cases of arthritis in patients following frequent and severe attacks of rheumatic fever. This type of arthritis was also known as chronic post-rheumatic polyarthrosis. Joint deformities are primarily in the hands, characterized by muscle atrophy, severe ulnar deviation and flexion at the big knuckle (or metacarpal-phalangeal) joints. It resembles rheumatoid arthritis, but with less inflammation and serum tests negative for Rheumatoid Factor.
Since -itis refers to inflammation, and since Jaccoud’s does not involve chronic inflammation as does rheumatoid ar...
Sometimes even just picking up a piece of paper will cause a “pop” as a spinal disc herniates. The spinal discs are the shock absorbers layered between the spine bones that are stacked like blocks. When a disc herniates, it has bulged outside of its normal boundaries. The result is very painful and can also be very debilitating for months if not years. Here are some facts and solutions to keep in mind about spinal disc herniations.
v Disc Herniations Occur When the Disc Pressure is High: Bending over to pick up a piece of paper does not sound strenuous, but it can be detrimental to a weakened disc. Disc pressure increases anytime the spine is flexed. Eventually, the pressure may get high enough to overcome the resistance of the perimeter barrier that keeps the disc material contained. When the barrier fails, a disc herniation happens. Some people actually feel the “pop”.
Effectively relieving the pain of a disc herniation can be done b...
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disorder that affects the hands, knees, hips, back and neck. It is well documented that being overweight puts added stress on your joints and could possibly result in the breakdown of cartilage. While there is no specific OA diet, maintaining a healthy weight does decrease your risk of developing this very painful condition. Several studies have found a direct link between weight and knee OA. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing knee OA, and in women the risk is nearly 4 times that of those at a normal weight. The good news is even small amount of weight loss can drastically reduce your risk of developing OA. One study found that for every 11-pound weight loss the risk of knee OA dropped by more than 50 percent. A healthy diet is the first step towards maintaining a healthy weight and preventing the development of OA. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines recommend a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains,...
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