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Caring for Your Joints at Home

Caring for Your Joints at Home

(ĐTĐ) – Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can wear away, too, in a condition known as osteoarthritis. And without enough cushioning, the bones of a joint will hurt when they rub against each other.   Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There's no way to reverse the arthritis once it has started," says Michaela M. Schneiderbauer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the University of Miami Miller School…

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Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

(ĐTĐ) – After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace."   As his pain got worse and walking became harder, he looked into having a knee replacement. It's not a decision to make lightly, says…

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6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees

6 Ways to Ruin Your Knees

(ĐTĐ) – Rachel “Iron Maiven” Piplica Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, a weekend warrior, or totally laid-back when it comes to exercise, knowing how to protect your knees from damage can mean the difference between a fulfilling lifestyle and longterm, strained mobility.   Cruising on the track in the heat of a roller derby match, 27-year-old Rachel Piplica was not at all prepared for the realization that her knee could sideline her from competitive skating for months, possibly years. “Suddenly,…

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

(ĐTĐ) – Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the most common type of arthritis. It is associated with the breakdown of a joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is a firm, rubbery material that covers and cushions the ends of bones in normal joints. Its main function is to reduce friction in the joints and serve as a “shock absorber.”   Osteoarthritis causes the cartilage in a joint to become stiff and lose its elasticity, making it more susceptible to damage. Over time,…

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Cartilage Injuries in the Knee

Cartilage Injuries in the Knee

(ĐTĐ) – Cartilage is the smooth, rubbery tissue that cushions the bones in the knee where they meet at the joint, minimizing friction so the knee moves easily and absorbing shock to prevent injury. When this tissue is worn away or otherwise damaged, it can cause pain and injury to the knee.   To clarify, articular cartilage is the kind which wraps around the end of the bones and facilitates ease of movement, and the menisci are pads between the…

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Knee Pain: What causes it & Best Options for Treatment

Knee Pain: What causes it & Best Options for Treatment

(ĐTĐ) – Knee pain is one of the most common complaints heard by physicians. There are many possible causes for knee joint pain. It is of utmost importance that an accurate diagnosis for your knee pain is made. An accurate diagnosis is needed to ensure that proper treatment is ensued. Common causes for knee pain include:   Arthritis of the Knee This is the most common of all causes of knee pain and there are lots of treatments that are…

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How to relieve hip pain

How to relieve hip pain

(ĐTĐ) – Hip pain can arise from a variety of factors. The joint is very complex system, and the hip, in particular, takes a great deal of pressure and stress. Issues with the skin, nerves, bones, blood vessels and soft tissues can all cause pain. Most often, hip pain can be managed through home treatment. However, it can sometimes indicate more serious issues.   Causes Diseases of other joints can also cause hip pain. This will include arthritis, tendinitis and…

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What you can do about Knee pain

What you can do about Knee pain

(ĐTĐ) – Knee pain can have a large effect on you, whether it interferes with your mobility or not. Knees are a large and important joint, and joint pain will have a great deal of effect.   However, if your knee injury also causes a lessening in flexibility, it will also have a large effect on your mobility above and beyond the effect pain might have on your knee. The causes of knee pain are often from injury, but there…

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