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Doing anything is difficult if your hands hurt, especially the thumbs . Unfortunately, when arthritis strikes the hands, it can affect multiple joints on both sides. As a result of aching hands, many people have to give up their favorite hobbies or even a career. Before you throw in the hand towel, consider some treatment methods for those painful, worn-out hands.
A counter-intuitive method for relieving hand pain is to use heat and keep the hands warm. One way to keep the hands warm is by using hand arthritis gloves . You would be amazed at how helpful this simple, cheap item can be for painful hands. Going another step further, some people purchase home paraffin wax units . Dipping arthritic hands in warm wax really helps to improve range-of-motion and relieve stiffness. If a paraffin wax unit is too expensive, try soaking your hands in warm water two or three times per day for 10-15 minutes. Warmth keeps the hands going.
Because inflammation keeps the hands swollen and p...
There are many reasons why knee stiffness occurs after joint replacement. In this article, ways to predict and manage such a problem are reported. Computerized records of almost 10,000 patients were reviewed to provide this information. Stiffness was defined for this study as less than 90-degrees of knee flexion. Two groups of patients were compared. The first group had a total knee replacement (TKR) with stiffness afterwards. The second (control) group had a TKR without stiffness. Everything about these patients was compared. For example, age, race, sex, and body mass index were compared. Range of motion before the surgery was reported. Details of the operation such as length of time and blood loss were included. The authors report that more patients with stiff knees after TKR were younger than the control group patients. Women were affected more often than men. They had shorter patellar (kneecap) length and longer patellar tendon. These changes lead to a slightly different position of...
Recent months have been crazy busy! With the wedding (yes, my wedding) in only three weeks, it seems like my to-do list keeps growing at the same time the days are evaporating. Fortunately RA is taking a back seat so my attentions can be placed elsewhere. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m ignoring RA.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease which is hard to ignore. When it is flaring, the pain can be enormous. When your joints are swollen, accomplishing even minor tasks can be difficult. Even when RA seems to be in remission on the surface, it could still be causing internal damage. These are just some reasons why getting on treatment and staying on treatment is so very important.
My own treatment choices have been fairly simple over the years. Just after I was diagnosed in April 2007, my rheumatologist prescribed methotrexate, sulfasalazine, and plaquenil. I stayed in methotrexate and sulfasalazine until October 2009 when ...
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