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.

Living and Thriving with RA: Laurie Ann Miller

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men. The disease causes the immune system to attack healthy body tissue, leading to damage to joints and organs. Patients with RA can experience fatigue, joint pain, stiffness, fever, and […]

RA Myths and Misunderstanding

CreakyJoints knows what it’s like to live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We also know what it’s like to have to face the public’s misunderstanding (and often ignorance) about what we live with every day of our lives.

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Exercise

Rheumatoid arthritis can affect patients in vastly different ways, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to exercise for those affected by the disease.

Living and Thriving with RA: Why We Gather

By the time I was in my midtwenties, I had lived with the pain and the destruction of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) longer than I had lived without it. While I led a relatively normal life and was surrounded by loving and supportive family and friends, I still felt incredibly alone.

You Need More than Vitamin D to Boost Bone Health

You may have heard the buzz about vitamin D and bone health—but it turns out, you need more than a vitamin D supplement to boost your bone health.

Excess Fat May Weaken Bones

New research shows that obesity can put you at greater risk of developing osteoporosis. Excess fat leads to higher levels of bone marrow fat—and fat bones are weak bones.

RA Tips for the Female Form

Look Out Ladies: RA Tips for the Female Form By Stephanie White Braghero CreakyJoints As a woman living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), I’ve come to learn some invaluable lessons about embracing my femininity and fashion sense without causing myself undo pain and hardship. It’s not always easy, but the fact is you can still rock your […]

Hormone Replacement Therapy Plus Calcium and Vitamin D Supplementation May Improve Bone Health

There has long been a debate about whether older women benefit from calcium and vitamin D supplementation, but new research indicates that one group might: those taking hormone replacement therapy.

10 things every rheumatoidarthritis patient should know

By Mia James 1. Find a healthcare team you trust. With any chronic disease, your healthcare providers become your long-term partners in managing your health, so find a team you trust. Kelly Young, founder of the website rawarrior.com, a comprehensive resource about rheumatoid arthritis (RA), says that other patients can be helpful when you’re searching […]

Xgeva Approved for Treatment of Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone

The FDA has approved Xgeva for the treatment of giant cell tumor of the bone.

Living and Thriving with RA: Stephanie Aleite

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects approximately 1.3 million people in the United States, striking women three times more often than men. The disease causes the immune system to attack healthy body tissue, leading to damage to joints and organs.

Getting Enough Calcium and Vitamin D

Eating a diet that contains adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D is key to maintaining strong bones. Muscles and nerves need calcium to work; when your diet doesn’t include enough calcium, your body takes the calcium it needs from your bones.

Rheumatoid Arthritis – Simponi Continues to Show Effectiveness in Long-Term Study

Among people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and an inadequate response to methotrexate, treatment with a combination of Simponi® (golimumab) and methotrexate produced responses that have been maintained during two years of treatment. These results were published in The Journal of Rheumatology. Treatment of RA often begins with methotrexate or another standard disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD). […]

Retreatment with Actemra Safe and Effective

For patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who experienced a return of active disease after stopping treatment with Actemra® (tocilizumab), restarting treatment with Actemra effectively reduced RA symptoms. These results were published in Modern Rheumatology. Actemra is a newer type of RA drug known as a biologic. Biologics interfere with specific parts of the immune system […]

Bisphosphonates May Provide Heart Benefit in RA

Use of bone drugs known as bisphosphonates may reduce the risk of heart attacks in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These results were published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.