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Does Repetitive Motion Cause Arthritis?

Does Repetitive Motion Cause Arthritis?

by Alex Hirsch (SU)
Arthritis is a very common joint disease that causes pain, inflammation, swelling, and weakness in the joints. Doctors are often asked if repetitive motion causes arthritis.

Foot Care for Arthritis Tips

Foot Care for Arthritis Tips

by Alex Hirsch (SU)
Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. When our joints become inflamed, it can cause pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness.

Is Ankle Pain A Sign of Arthritis?

Is Ankle Pain A Sign of Arthritis?

by Holly (SU)
While it’s important to consider other potential causes of your ankle pain before attributing it to arthritis, and arthritis can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor.

5 Causes of Wrist Pain

5 Causes of Wrist Pain

by Holly (SU)
Whether you enjoy an athletic, energetic lifestyle or live a more sedentary, relaxing life, you may sometimes experience wrist pain that can slow down or stop your activities.

Tackling Long-Term Chronic Pain with Your Orthopedic Team

Tackling Long-Term Chronic Pain with Your Orthopedic Team

by Holly (SU)
Pain is no fun, but do you know what’s worse than pain? Chronic pain.

Foot Care for Arthritis

Foot Care for Arthritis

by Stephanie Meadows
We rely on our feet for stability and movement. Feet are complex structures that support our weight and provide the ability to move in amazing ways. In fact, there are 28 bones and more than 30 joints in each foot! Although we take them for granted when everything feels fine, feet are unfortunately more prone to injury and conditions such as arthritis. Possible consequences of arthritis of the foot include pain, swelling, stiffness, and loss of mobility. Proper foot care for arthritis can help minimize these symptoms.

The 411 on Gout

The 411 on Gout

by Stephanie Meadows
Gout is a painful form of arthritis, characterized by inflammation that occurs when uric acid builds up and crystalizes in your joints. Symptoms include painful inflammation, tenderness and redness around the affected joint. Some people experience gout in different joints of the body, such as the knees or elbows, but it most commonly effects the big toe.

Top Tips for Surviving Arthritis

Top Tips for Surviving Arthritis

by Shearly (SU)
There are several forms of arthritis, the most common of which is osteoarthritis. Often called wear and tear arthritis, osteoarthritis is caused by a breakdown of the cartilage that cushions and protects your joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, another condition that is extremely widespread, is known as an autoimmune disorder, meaning that the immune system sends a signal to the body to essentially attack itself. The reason for this is not well understood, but it’s believed that the immune system no longer recognizes the tissues as being part of the body. Regardless of which kind you have, here are some helpful tips for surviving arthritis.

Types of Hand Pain

Types of Hand Pain

by Shearly (SU)
The anatomy of our hands is complex. The hand has 27 bones, muscles, joints, and ligaments. Due to the fragility of the hand, they are extremely prone to injury. Hand pain can also be caused by disease or injury affecting any of the structures in the hand.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Vs. Arthritis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Vs. Arthritis

by Stephanie Meadows
Like everybody else, you rely on the use of your hands for almost everything you do on a daily basis. Unfortunately, when you start to experience constant pain and discomfort in your hands and wrists, these simple tasks often become uncomfortable and more difficult. Two big culprits of this type of pain are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and both conditions are infamous for the pain and discomfort they bring to the hands and wrists. Since both of these conditions lead to a similar type of pain, they can be easily confused. You should know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and arthritis are different conditions, and ultimately may have different treatments and outcomes.