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Grant Cooper, M.D.

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Grant Cooper is a board certified, fellowship-trained physician who specializes in the non-operative treatment of spine, joint and muscle pain. He wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Osteoarthritis.

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Can I Take Arthritis Pain Medicine with Coumadin?

Can I take pain medications if I am also taking Coumadin? The following story is fictional but is comprised from encounters with a few different patients I have seen over the years. I have changed details and combined the stories in order to compl...

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Everyday Ways to Protect Your Joints

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from arthritis, you know that it’s important to limit the amount of stress you put on your joints. This will both reduce the amount of pain you’re in and slow the “wear and tear” caused by even seem...

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7 Things You Didn't Know About Your Joints

Human joints are amazing structures, but they are also vulnerable to damage, inflammation and wear-and-tear. Find out more about your joints and how to protect them from arthritis.

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5 Tips to Get Omega-3 Fatty Acids Into Your Diet

Remember that omega-3 fatty acids are the “good fatty acids” that help your cells remain healthy, pliable, and strong. By contrast, omega-6 fatty acids are the “bad fatty acids” that contribute to cells becoming less pliable, and that contribute to r...

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9 Things to Consider When Joining a Gym

Exercise is a very important piece to fighting and preventing osteoarthritis. But it takes more than just “any” exercise to keep your joints healthy. Target the muscles around the arthritic joint and work to strengthen these parts. As always, consult ...

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14 Questions to Ask Before Surgery

Before undergoing any surgery, you should be sure to do your due diligence. You wouldn’t buy a house without asking around, so why would you not give your own body the same benefit?

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How to Relieve (and Prevent) Lower Back Pain From Returning

If I had an episode of lower back pain, am I always going to be more likely to have lower back pain in the future? It is true that once you have an episode of lower back pain or shooting leg pain, you are probably more likely to have it in the future ...

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How To Tell If You Need Surgery For Knee Arthritis

“My knee hurts and my doctor says I have bone-on-bone arthritis. Do I need surgery?” I have talked about this question before on this blog, but the question continues to arise in my office so I know you may still have this question, too. A standard s...

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Amazing Facts About Your Joints

It is hard to appreciate something if you don’t understand it. Understanding your joints and how they function helps you not only appreciate them but also understand how best to care for them. There are different basic kinds of joints in your body. A...

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Your Arthritis May Not Go Away, But Your Arthritis Pain Can

One of the more common questions I am asked is if a patient’s arthritis will ever get better. When told that osteoarthritis is causing their pain, some patients get despondent and say something like, “Oh, I was afraid of that. I guess that’s just par...