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In short, rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory disease which attacks joints in the body. It can affect the alignment and positioning of those joints, even to the extent that they become stuck in a bent position or become dislocated. Bone erosion caused by RA may make the ends of bones rough and irregular. Patients may eventually notice that their fingers begin to shift toward the direction of their elbow.
In previous posts, we have discussed different types of surgery used in patients living with rheumatoid arthritis, including synovectomy, tendon repair, and carpal tunnel release . Today’s discussion centers around joint replacement and implants.
What is Joint Replacement?
One would think that this is a simple question, right? Take the joint out and put a fake or replacement one in. But in researching this subject, I found it rather difficult to find information which went much beyond this simple concept without become ...
Experts say more than half of US households are affected by a ..... snorer. Well, apparently there is a new simple technology from Australia that may offer relief. It's called the "therapeutic snore ring" and it is making its US launch this month. It is a small silver ring that fits on your pinkie finger and applies direct pressure to a specific logistic area of that finger that is associated with an acupressure point . The pressure point is specifically located on the left pinkie finger and through the principles of acupressure it creates a calming and relaxing effect to the areas of the nose and throat that are involved in snoring.
Clearly if your snoring is due to a serious problem like sleep apnea , then you do need serious medical attention and treatment. But you can also try this ring for some immediate relief - especially if a spouse or loved one is suffering right along with you. The ring is available at http://www.thesnorring.com but AL...
Article updated and reviewed by Ariel D. Teitel, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Rheumatology, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan. Editorial review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network on May 2, 2005. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease, primarily involving the peripheral joints (finger joints, wrists, toes and knees) and surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels. This disease is among the autoimmune disorders (an abnormal immune response to oneself which leads to a sequence of tissue reactions and damage that may produce diffuse, systemic signs and symptoms). Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) can be one of the most disabling types of arthritis . It occurs worldwide, affecting more than 6.5 million people in the U.S. alone. It affects about 1% of people. The disease strikes women three times more often than men. Although it can occur at any age, the peak onset period is between the ages of 35 and 50. The disease may come on slowly or appear suddenly. RA usuall...
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