Dietary Fruit Vs. Vegetables for Preventing Arthritis?

Fruits Vs. Vegetables: Of the vegetables and fruit food group, which component may be more important for your joint health–Vegetables or Fruit? The consumption of both vegetables and fruit are both very important to maintain our overall health. However, in terms of the health of our joints, a recent study suggests that fruit consumption may…

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The Mediterranean Diet and Arthritis Risk?

Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA): A study just recently published in the medical journal, Osteoarthritis Cartilage, found a link between higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids and bone marrow lesions. Bone marrow lesions are important in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (Wang et al, 2007). What Does This Mean? When I was in medical school, one type…

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Acetaminophen or NSAIDS for Arthritis?

One common question for patients who suffer from the symptoms of arthritis is whether acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen) are better for treating the pain associated with arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a very common and debilitating condition.  The incidence of osteoarthritis increases as we age.  For the people who suffer…

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Is Tramadol Effective for Treating Osteoarthritis?

Tramadol is an opiod medication that’s used for treating moderate to severe pain. Unlike non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), Tramadol does not cause renal (kidney) problems or produce gastric bleeding. It also has no effect on articular or joint cartilage.  However, Tramadol is a NARCOTIC-LIKE pain reliever, so it should not be used by people who…

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How Effect Are Hyaluronic Acid Injections for Relieving Knee Pain?

For those who suffer from knee osteoarthritis, one potential treatment option would include having your doctor inject your affected joint with hyaluronic acid. Yes, hyaluronic acid is used for more than just dermal fillers. Research suggests that it can be moderately effective for a brief period of time. From a recent study published in the…

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