Bone & Joint Health

It’s easy to address health problems that we can see and feel – however, one common health concern can easily escape our notice: bone health. Bone loss – or osteoporosis – is common as we age and can affect men as well as women. Bone loss is a silent condition. It has no symptoms and occurs slowly over the years. Many people have no idea that they have suffered bone loss until one day, they trip, fall, and fracture a bone.

Bone loss affects everyone and we can all benefit from learning about the causes and consequences of bone loss, as well as approaches to prevention and treatment. Cancer patients are particularly susceptible to bone loss because several types of cancer treatment are known to decrease bone density. However, there are steps that can be taken to address this problem, including medications that have been shown to help prevent bone loss.

A Nutrition Link to Bone Health: The Bacteria in Your Gut

The connection between the gut and the skeleton offers the potential for novel strategies through nutrition modification. By Diane Schneider, MD The old saying You are what you eat rings true for bone health and your overall health. The impact of nutrition and lifestyle—positive and negative—on our bones is well known, but a different type […]

Diagnosis: Osteopenia

By Diane L. Schneider, MD Karen, age 55, just had her first bone-density test. The results indicated osteopenia. She wanted to know what she should do, and she asked the most common question that comes up in the wake of this diagnosis: “Should I be taking a medicine for my bones?” What Is Osteopenia? Osteopenia […]

Inform, Engage, Empower

Make the most of your time with your rheumatologist by understanding the content and flow of a typical appointment. By Diana Price Shannon Wylie was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 1978; she was four years old. Since the diagnosis the San Antonio, Texas, resident has used a wide range of medications and has undergone […]

Patients Rising Voices of Value Mariah Leach

By Terry Wilcox “My name is Mariah. I have RA. It doesn’t have me.” These inspiring words greet anyone who visits the personal blog (FromThisPointForward.com) of Mariah Leach: “From This Point. Forward.” Mariah’s site chronicles her daily battle with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a disease she was diagnosed with when she was only 25 years old. […]

In Health As In Life: Teach Your Daughters Well

Helping girls and young women manage autoimmune disease in childhood is an ongoing journey for mothers and daughters. By Cathy Patty-Resk, CPNP If you’re the mother of a daughter, you have felt the intensity of the bond that unites parent and child in this unique relationship. You have been tireless in your efforts to keep […]

Core Strengthening for Back Pain Prevention

Tips for core strengthening to stop back pain before it starts By Kaliq Chang, MD Back pain is extremely common with approximately 90 percent of people suffering with it at some point in their lives. Approximately $50 billion is spent a year seeking relief. Back pain is second only to the common cold as a […]

Write Away the Pain

Finding an expressive path can help you come to terms with chronic illness and forge an identity in the face of pain. By Ashley Boynes-Shuck I could easily write an article about what it means to be diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 10, or one about having brain surgery six months before my wedding […]

Ask the Nurse: Fatigue, Pain, and Related Depression with RA

Carrie Beach, RN, BSN, answers questions about how fatigue and pain can lead to depression for those living with rheumatoid arthritis.  Q: First, can you describe the role of fatigue and pain in rheumatoid arthritis (RA)? What do these symptoms feel like, and what is the range of severity that patients living with the disease […]

Learn and Move for Healthy Bones

Understanding essential facts about osteoporosis and engaging in regular bone-building exercise are key to maintaining bone health as we age. By Joan Pagano  A study conducted by the National Osteoporosis Foun­dation (NOF) revealed that most women over the age of 45 fail to recognize their per­sonal risk of developing osteoporosis, the disease of “porous bones,” […]

Caring for an Aging Spine

  Tips for strength-building and pain prevention Rates of back pain, which is experienced by 8 in 10 American adults regardless of age, only increase with advancing years because of the gradual breakdown of bone, joints, and muscles. But all is not lost with the passage of time: Older adults can take many effective steps […]

Autoimmune Disease: All the Signs they Cannot See

Living with an autoimmune disease often means managing a variety of symptoms that are invisible—but debilitating. By Monica Richey, MSN, ANP-BC/GNP Over the past 20 years, research related to the manage­ment of autoimmune diseases has provided welcome knowledge and treatment strategies. Despite these ad­vances there remains a lot we don’t know about the wide range […]

Osteoporosis Treatment Today

Increasing understanding of the condition and its treatment is resulting in better fracture prevention and fewer side effects. By Mia James With 16 percent of women ages 50 and older living with osteoporosis, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Preven­tion, awareness of and treatment for this bone-weakening condition is an important topic […]

Living with RA: Build Your Body Image from the Inside Out

Living with a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis can present challenges to body image; understanding that you still have control over how you feel about yourself is an important step toward well-being. By Sheree C. Carter, PhD, RN As women we are uniquely in tune with our bodies, developing from a young age a complex […]

The Cold Truth: Raynaud’s Phenomenon

What your “poor circulation” may really mean By Ronni Shulman In the record books, Kristle Lowell is known as the USA Gymnastics Team athlete who won the 2013 world double-mini tram­poline title. To her teammates, though, she’s known affectionately as “Icy Toes.” That’s because the 22-year-old tumbling and trampoline cham­pion always wears leggings—and headbands and […]

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

By Diane L. Schneider, MD As we head into spring after a long winter, your vitamin D level right now is likely at the lowest point it will be all year, unless you are taking a vitamin D supplement or a multivitamin containing vitamin D. This is because sunshine is the main source of vitamin […]