Can Gaming Cause Arthritis In My Thumbs?

gaming and arthritis

Flappy birds, Angry Birds, Candy Crush and Temple Run are just a few of the addicting games being obsessively played in today’s world.  Throw in Xbox, Wii and non-stop texting and keyboarding and you have a generation spending hours a day on gaming devices, smart phones and keyboards. This constant use and motion has led to an increase over the …

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What Can I Do To Help With My Everyday Thumb Pain?

thumb pain opening a jar

For those of you that have been diagnosed with CMC Thumb Arthritis, using your thumbs for even simple activities can be painful.  Opening a jar, turning a key, holding a pen, lifting a plate can all cause thumb pain and make the simplest of tasks, hard to do.

CMC Thumb Arthritis is a very common condition that occurs when …

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Should I Use Natural Supplements To Treat My Arthritis Pain?

natural supplements for arthritis pain

Anyone dealing with a chronic disease may at some point look at adding  “natural” supplements to help treat their ailments. In the case of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, natural supplements may have strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, be less expensive than prescription medications, and may have less side effects too. It is important, however, to do your …

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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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