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As a practicing Occupational Therapist, I saw up close the havoc that arthritis can cause in daily life. My specialty was helping people with injuries and illnesses that affected their hands. My special interest was Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). My hope was and has continued to be that someday they would find a cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
RA is an immunosuppressant …
In Part 1 of our series we looked at two factors in the development of arthritis– Aging and Heredity. In Part 2, we will look at two more factors-injuries and body type and discuss the actions you can take to help prevent arthritis or reduce your risk of developing it.
INJURIES AND ACTIVITIES
What you can’t change
Let’s face it! There are some things in life you can change and some things you can’t. The same is true when talking about Osteoarthritis. The question “what can I do to prevent arthritis?” is one that is often asked. Although you can’t always prevent arthritis, there are some things you can do in life to reduce your risk of …
Summer time — the time for barbeques, outdoor activities and of course vacations! For most people- summer means taking an annual trip. For arthritis sufferers, though, the mere thought of traveling can be worrisome and overwhelming.
With a little extra planning and preparation – “hitting the road” can be an enjoyable experience for those with arthritis! Follow these summer travel …
Anyone who has hit their fingertip against a door or wall or closed a drawer on their finger is lucky if they did not sustain what is commonly known as a Mallet Finger. Named for the position the end of the finger assumes, a Mallet Finger occurs when the tendon that straightens the DIP joint (the small joint near the …
Your feet are one of the most important parts of your body. Just about everything you do in a day involves using your feet. Feet give us the ability to be mobile and balanced and are the body’s primary shock absorber. Feet take an incredible amount of wear and tear simply by bearing the weight of our body while we …
Despite all the evidence to the contrary, running still gets a bad rap. The belief is that running ruins knees and causes arthritis. But is it true? Common sense would suggest that such pressure on the joints would eventually degrade the cartilage and lead to arthritis. But many of the more recent studies suggest that as long as your knees …
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 …
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 the …