Bumpy Fingers? What they are and how to treat them?

Bumpy Fingers

One of the earliest and most visible signs of osteoarthritis (OA) are bony bumps or nodules on the small joints of the fingers. These “bumpy fingers” are composed of growths that are thought to be the body’s attempt to repair joint damage caused by the wearing down of cartilage.  The nodes that form on the top of the joints closest …

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How Inflammation Affects the Body

how inflmmation affects the body

Redness, swelling and pain are all common symptoms of how inflammation affects the body. Inflammation is usually a normal immune response in our bodies. It’s an alarm system that lets us know that our white blood cells and chemicals are helping to protect our body from infection and foreign substances. Inflammation occurs with non-life threatening injuries such as cuts, deep …

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What an Oval-8 Finger Splint Can and Can’t Do

oval-8finger splint

Oval-8 Finger Splints can:

Rest a painful or stiff finger joint by limiting bending or stop motion completely when two splints are worn on the top and bottom of the joint.
Limit excessive motion, especially in joints that bend backwards beyond the normal range of motion. A key example of this is limiting the middle or PIP joint …

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Should I Use Heat or Cold for My Arthritis Pain?

hot or cold treatments for arthritis

It’s a common question when trying to find relief for your symptoms- should I use heat or cold for my arthritis pain?  The answer to this question simply is–  there are therapeutic benefits to using both hot and cold treatments to help address your pain symptoms, especially the pain associated with arthritis. Both heat and cold treatments can stimulate the …

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Smoking and Arthritis: Another Reason to Quit

smoking and arthritis- reasons to quit

Most everyone knows that health risks associated with smoking – cancer, heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But, did you know that smoking and arthritis has many risks too?  Research shows smoking can  alter the immune system, which affects the body’s ability to repair itself?

In the United States at least 23.5 million people are affected by …

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Can Acupuncture Help With My Arthritis Pain?

can acupuncture help with arthritis pain

If you have arthritis, you are probably very aware of the pain and inflammation in your joints and body that is caused by this chronic condition. It may increase during a flare and then subside at other times, but for most people with this chronic pain, it never entirely disappears.  Medications, rest, exercise may all be part of your arsenal …

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Spices That Can Help Reduce Arthritis Pain

spices that can help reduce arthritis pain

If you are a person that lives by the motto “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” then this article is for you. It is especially for you if you enjoy cooking or eating tasty foods, enjoy the smell of pungent spices drifting through your home, and are willing to try out different styles of cuisine. Get ready for a …

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What is Morton’s Toe?

Toes are funny things. There are short toes, long toes, wide and skinny toes. The ones that cause most people grief are the ones that are crooked and don’t look like they fit your foot.  Some crooked or “funny looking” toes are quite natural and you were probably born with them. Morton’s Toe, where the second toe is longer than …

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Arthritis in the Hip- 4 Things to Avoid

arthritis in the hip

As with our other joints, we take our hip joints for granted until they hurt. Once they do, you start to realize how many activities are affected by pain in one joint. Whether you have been diagnosed with arthritis in the hip or have a family history that might make you more susceptible to developing hip arthritis, there are some …

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Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow – What’s the Difference?

tennis elbow or golfers elbow

You don’t have to be Roger Federer or Phil Mickelson to have it. Even if you’ve never played a set of tennis or a round of golf, you can still suffer from these elbow injuries. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are both overuse injuries that are caused by any activity that requires repetitive motion of the arm and wrist. The difference …

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