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Knee Pain Relief

Ice will reduce pain and swelling. Apply ice or cold packs immediately to prevent or minimize swelling. Apply the ice or cold pack for 10 to 20 minutes, 3 or more times a day. For the first 48 hours after an injury, avoid things that might increase swelling, such as hot showers, hot tubs, hot packs, or alcoholic beverages. After 48 to 72 hours, if swelling is gone, apply heat and begin gentle exercise with the aid of moist heat to help restore and maintain flexibility. Some experts recommend alternating between heat and cold treatments.  (Dec 31, 2013 | post #6)

Wrist pain

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that attacks multiple joints throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis often starts in smaller joints, like those found in the hand and wrist. It is symmetrical, meaning that it usually affects the same joint on both sides of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system attacks its own tissues. In RA, the defenses that protect the body from infection instead damage normal tissue (such as cartilage and ligaments) and soften bone. RA often affects the joint between the two bones of the forearm, the radius and ulna. It can soften and erode the ulna which can cause tearing of the tendons that straighten your fingers. This can result in joint deformity, such as bent wrists and gnarled fingers.  (Dec 27, 2013 | post #3)

Arthritis

Nutrition advice: News from diet and nutrition studies

Start by focusing on getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. "It sounds like a lot, but it is well worth it, because at the same time you are meeting your fiber goals and feeling more satisfied from the volume of food.  (Dec 19, 2013 | post #8)

Undiagnosed Joint Problems

One possible misdiagnosis is the failure to correctly diagnose Chronic Joint pain leading to a person remaining with undiagnosed Chronic Joint pain. Any condition can potentially be missed and stay undiagnosed.  (Dec 18, 2013 | post #6)

Acne Vulgaris

Forehead Acne Treatment

The main and universal cause of acne. As the forehead lies in the T Zone, which is known for its excess oil production quality, the pores tends to get clogged leading to acne. Clogged pores can easily be dealt with a good CTM routine with a monthly session with the steamer. Please don’t overdo the steaming session however relaxing or effective it is as excessive steaming is not advisable for acne-prone skin.  (Dec 16, 2013 | post #12)

21 y/o female with joint pain

With age, disease and use the incidence of joint pain and arthritis may increase significantly. There are many reasons why joints hurt, not all are arthritic in nature; and most problems can and may be addressed successfully without surgery. The best treatment starts with a clear diagnosis; and you get that at your doctor's evaluation.  (Dec 11, 2013 | post #9)

Rheumatoid Arthritis

New treatments put rheumatoid arthritis in remission

An occupational therapist can help the patient learn new and effective ways of carrying out daily tasks so that stress to painful joints is minimized. For example, if the patient has sore arms and wants to push open a door, it may be better to lean into it rather than using the arms. If the patient has painful fingers a specially devised gripping and grabbing tool may help.  (Dec 2, 2013 | post #6)

Gout

osteoarthritis,

Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. But osteoarthritis treatments can slow the progression of the disease, relieve pain and improve joint function.  (Nov 30, 2013 | post #11)

Treating Joint Pain

Aching joints are among the most common health complaints, and they can happen for reasons too numerous to count. If you, like me, suffer from the occasional twinge in the knee or feel your elbows demanding some TLC after hours of slogging at the desk, I have some advice that will bring you relief. I have tried each one of these, and felt better each time. The good news is, these remedies require very little effort, and yield great results. Feast on Carrots: Did you know that carrots have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine as an effective remedy for aching joints? Simply grate a carrot in a bowl, and squeeze some lemon juice on it. Enjoy raw or steamed. Carrot nurtures the ligaments, bringing relief from pain. Munch on soaked fenugreek seeds for joint pain relief. Munch on Fenugreek seeds: my grandmother’s favorite remedy for joint ache. She would soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in clean water overnight. In the morning, she would drain off the water and munch on the seeds. They taste slightly bitter to begin with, then slowly and pleasantly sweeten as you chew. According to ancient Indian healers, fenugreek is “warm” in nature, which makes it helpful in healing your joints. Drink more water: among the lesser-known benefits of drinking more water is that it softens cartilage and keeps it hydrated. Water helps you maintain an adequate blood volume so that nutrients can move through your blood and into your joints. It also moves waste away from your joints, making them less likely to ache. Eat More Onions: they are a famous anti-inflammatory food. They contain phytochemicals that improve your immune system. The sulfur compounds in onions inhibit the enzymes that trigger pain. A study establishes that fresh onions have an analgesic effect similar to that of morphine. Massage the joint: a gentle massage with warm oil eases inflammation, improves circulation and relaxes your muscles. As a result, your joints feel better, too. A tried-and-tested home remedy for knee pain in our household is to heat two tablespoons of mustard oil, along with a whole clove of garlic (which is also known for its inflammation-fight ing properties). When the oil is still hot but not scalding, start massaging your aching knees with it. It brings immediate relief. Cobra pose can open help aching elbows and also open stiff muscles in the shoulders and back. wonderful resource for knee-friendly asanas.  (Nov 27, 2013 | post #7)

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis linked to female smokers

The effects of smoking are not as pronounced on RA risk as they are on lung cancer risk. Studies show that smoking is responsible for about 90% of lung cancer cases, but smoking’s effect on RA is similar to its effect on heart disease risk. According to the new study, RA risk is related to how much a person smokes, how long a person smokes, and the presence of certain antibodies in the blood that are associated with RA, namely ACPA antibodies.  (Nov 26, 2013 | post #13)

Random joint pains?

All of us have experience with random, mysterious and sometimes lingering pains at some point in our lives. Most of us shrug it off, and usually the pain leaves the same way it arrived -- on its own and without explanation. While not every pain you feel is indicative of a dire emergency, some mysterious pains simply shouldn't be ignored. While few people are enthusiastic about going to a doctor, few doctors are enthusiastic about treating a medical emergency that they could've detected or treated before the problem snowballed into a potentially life-or-death matter.  (Nov 25, 2013 | post #4)

Gout

What You Should Know About Arthritis

The knee joint is made up of 3 bones, the femur (thigh), tibia (shin) and patella (kneecap). The ends of the bones are covered by thick layers of cartilage. Cartilage is a thick, spongy material that lines the joint providing lubrication and cushioning, which allows the knee to move smoothly and painlessly. It also works as a shock absorber and ensures that the forces going through the knee during daily activities are spread evenly throughout the joint. Arthritis pain in knees develops when the cartilage thins and wears away resulting in bone-on-bone contact which causes pain, stiffness and inflammation.  (Nov 25, 2013 | post #7)

Arthritis

Hip bone's connected to the knee bone . . .

Since your entire body is one connected unit, have you ever thought about that knee pain you might be experiencing and how it might be a precursor to a body mechanic problem related to your back or hip. How can you be sure? Try consulting a physical therapist who is trained in evaluating your entire body rather than just the symptom or the direct pain you are experiencing.  (Nov 21, 2013 | post #4)

Arthritis

Arthritis

There are over 100 types of arthritis. Here is a description of some common ones, together with the causes: Osteoarthritis - cartilage loses its elasticity. If the cartilage is stiff it becomes damaged more easily. The cartilage, which acts as a shock absorber, will gradually wear away in some areas. As the cartilage becomes damaged tendons and ligaments become stretched, causing pain. Eventually the bones may rub against each other causing very severe pain. Rheumatoid arthritis - this is an inflammatory form of arthritis. The synovial membrane (synovium) is attacked, resulting in swelling and pain. If left untreated the arthritis can lead to deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis is significantly more common in women than men and generally strikes when the patient is aged between 40 and 60. However, children and much older people may also be affected. Swedish scientists published their study in JAMA in October 2012, explaining that patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a higher risk of blood clots in the first ten years after diagnosis. Infectious arthritis (septic arthritic) - an infection in the synovial fluid and tissues of a joint. It is usually caused by bacteria, but could also be caused by fungi or viruses. Bacteria, fungi or viruses may spread through the bloodstream from infected tissue nearby, and infect a joint. Most susceptible people are those who already have some form of arthritis and develop an infection that travels in the bloodstream. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) - means arthritis that affects a person aged 16 or less. JRA can be various forms of arthritis; it basically means that a child has it. There are three main types: 1. Pauciarticular JRA, the most common and mildest. The child experiences pain in up to 4 joints. 2. Polyarticular JRA affects more joints and is more severe. As time goes by it tends to get worse. 3. Systemic JRA is the least common. Pain is experienced in many joints. It can spread to organs. This can be the most serious JRA.  (Nov 20, 2013 | post #15)

Osteoarthritis

arthritis in left leg now down to ankle

Osteoarthritis doesn’t lead to other types of joint disease and won’t spread through your body. However, deformity caused by osteoarthritis in your leg may mean you put more pressure on your other joints, which could result in osteoarthritis in those joints.  (Nov 19, 2013 | post #2)