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 ...
As many as 30 percent of people with psoriasis actually have psoriatic arthritis, a form of inflammatory arthritis. How do you know, though, if the aches and pains you're experiencing are of the normal, everyday variety or are something more serious?
I've wondered this myself, knowing psoriatic arthritis is a possibility for me. One great resource I've found is The Joint Smart Coalition, which launched earlier this year by the Arthritis Foundation and the National Psoriasis Foundation. In collaboration with pharmaceutical companies Amgen and Pfizer, the Coalition aims to provide empowering and educational resources for people with psoriatic arthritis and other related inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis.
A key component of the effort is BeJointSmart.org , a website that provides resources and information for people to learn more about these diseases. The central message of the site is that people who have certain chronic inflammatory diseases should c...
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...
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