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Arthritis & Joint Conditions: Most Popular Articles

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Arthritis Screening Quiz
Arthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of arthritis.
Early Arthritis Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore
It's not easy to recognize early arthritis symptoms. Initial symptoms are often mistaken for injury.
10 Signs You May Have Arthritis
Common arthritis signs should not be ignored. Consult with a doctor so that you can get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
Fibromyalgia Screening Quiz
Fibromyalgia screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Differentiating Rheumatoid Arthritis and...
Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common types of arthritis. While about 2.1 million people have rheumatoid arthritis, nearly 10 times as many have osteoarthritis. Learn how to differentiate rheumatoid arthritis from osteoarthritis.
What Causes Your Joint to Feel Warm or Hot?
Warning signs of arthritis include joint pain, swelling, redness, and warmth. What does it mean when you have a warm or hot joint?
48 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
48 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 23 years. Photo of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Screening Quiz
Rheumatoid arthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Signs and Symptoms Commonly Associated With...
Recognizing the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis will lead to an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are experiencing rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, see a doctor.
22 Foods You Shouldn't Eat if You Have Gout
Diet is important if you have gout. Learn which foods to avoid if you have gout.
Lupus Screening Quiz
Lupus screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of lupus.
Sjogren's Syndrome Screening Quiz
Sjogren's syndrome screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome.
5 Foods You Should Eat if You Have Gout
People with gout are advised to avoid purine-rich foods, but what should they eat?
Ankylosing Spondylitis Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Anklyosing Spondylitis?
Cut Back on Purine-Rich Foods to Manage Gout
Cutting back on purine-rich foods is recommended for people with gout. While diet is just one aspect of managing gout, it is essential.
Osteoarthritis Screening Quiz
Osteoarthritis screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms.
The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with carpal tunnel syndrome?
Gout Screening Quiz
Gout screening quiz helps you determine if you have symptoms of gout.
Don't Ignore Signs and Symptoms of Gout
Gout symptoms are very painful and are caused by monosodium urate crystals in joints and surrounding tissues.
Coping With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Self-help for coping with rheumatoid arthritis, while the book serves as your companion to help guide you through difficulties.
How to Treat Your Gout With Diet and Medication
Gout attacks can be controlled or prevented by dietary changes and the use of certain medications.
10 Things You Should Know About Tramadol
Tramadol is a popular arthritis pain reliever. It is prescribed to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain.
How to Prevent Recurring Gout Attacks
Avoiding certain foods can help prevent gout. Certain medications help to control gout symptoms.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Lupus - Which Is It?
There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics, as well as overlapping symptoms, between rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.
Lyme Disease Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Lyme disease?
The 10 Most Important Facts About Gout
Gout is an intensely painful type of arthritis. Check out these 10 facts about gout.
Pinning Down the Cause of Your Leg Pain
Arthritis is one of many possible causes of leg pain. It's important to be diagnosed by a doctor when leg pain persists.
Psoriatic Arthritis Screening Quiz
Psoriatic arthritis has symptoms which mimic rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or reactive arthritis. Take the screening quiz.
What You Should Know About Joint Effusion
Joint effusion is a symptom of arthritis, defined as an abnormal buildup of joint fluid.
Understanding Seronegative and Seropositive...
Based on results of the rheumatoid factor blood test and anti-CCP, people may be classified as having seronegative or seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. What's the difference?
How to Spot the Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
Arthritis symptoms can vary because there are many different types of the disease. The most common symptoms include joint pain, joint stiffness, swelling, and limited range of motion.
Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis - Which...
There are specific symptoms and distinguishing characteristics between rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
The Illustrated Guide to What's Causing Your...
Before we examine possible causes of knee pain, let's take a closer look at a normal knee joint.
Rheumatoid Arthritis - 10 Things You Should Know
Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1.3 million Americans and three times as many women as men. There are important facts you should know about it.
Prednisone - What You Should Know
Prednisone is a potent anti-inflammatory medication used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis and other conditions. Learn about the drug to ensure safe use.
59 year old male with osteoarthritis for 35 years
59 year old male with osteoarthritis for 35 years. Photo of hand osteoarthritis. Page 3.
Gout Diet Quiz
Gout is one of the forms of arthritis truly affected by diet. Take our quiz and test your knowledge.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Explained With Pictures...
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory type of arthritis which affects the joints and may affect other parts of the body. Photos help explain rheumatoid arthritis.
18 year old female with juvenile rheumatoid...
18 year old female with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for 16 years. Photo of joint swelling and damage from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Page 4.
Everything You Need to Know About ANA Tests
An ANA test is a blood test used to detect the presence of the antinuclear antibody which is associated with several autoimmune diseases.
Think You Have Arthritis? What Should You Do?
It is tempting to think aches and pains are related to straining or injuring a joint. Symptoms that persist may be related to a chronic condition, such as arthritis.
Understanding the CRP Blood Test
C-reactive protein, or CRP, is a blood test that detects non-specific inflammation in the body. CRP may be a marker for some diseases.
60 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis
60 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis. Patient has had surgery on hand. Page 5.
How You Can Apply for a Handicapped Parking...
People with arthritis often wait too long before getting a handicapped parking permit. Here's how to obtain a handicapped parking permit.
35 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
35 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 10 months. Photo of joint swelling and damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 6.
The Gout One-Sheet: Your Complete Introduction
Gout, one of the most painful types of arthritis, is associated with hyperuricemia. Learn more about the cause, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of gout.
8 Ways to Reduce Inflammation from Arthritis
Medications are commonly prescribed as part of a regimen to reduce inflammation associated with arthritis, but other solutions are helpful too.
What Is Facet Arthropathy?
Facet arthropathy is caused by facet joints becoming arthritic and painful. Facet arthropathy is a common cause of low back pain.
Arthritis Hand Photo Gallery
Arthritis can cause joint deformity. Hand deformity is one of the characteristics associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Look through photos of arthritic hands submitted by our readers.
10 Facts You Should Know About Methotrexate
Methotrexate is a DMARD (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug) used to treat certain types of arthritis and rheumatic conditions.
Prednisone Quiz - True or False?
Do you know the important facts associated with prednisone use? Take our true or false prednisone quiz.
47 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
47 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 15 years. Photo of joint damage and contractures caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 8.
How You Can Control Weight Gain From Prednisone
There are several side effects associated with prednisone but weight gain may be the most frustrating. Is there any way to manage weight gain linked to prednisone use?
What Can Doctors Learn From an Anti-CCP Test?
Anti-CCP is a diagnostic blood test for rheumatoid arthritis.
55 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
55 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 28 years. Photo of hand deformity from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 9.
How Are Bone Spurs Diagnosed and Treated?
Osteophytes are also commonly known as bone spurs. Osteophytes develop in deteriorating joints damaged by arthritis.
Arthritis - 10 Things You Need to Know and...
If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, it is important to learn all that you can about the disease. These 10 facts will build your understanding.
Pay Attention to Signs and Symptoms of...
Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread pain and tenderness in muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Fibromyalgia symptoms can overlap with other musculoskeletal conditions.
The Back Pain Quiz
Do you know the basic facts about back pain?: arthritis screening quiz osteoporosis screening juvenile arthritis test your knowledge low back pain
10 Facts You Need to Know About Sjogren's...
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease which can occur as a primary condition or secondary condition.
22 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
22 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 6 years. Photo of both hands with joint deformity caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 11.
Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
A five-part guide to peripheral neuropathy (damage to the peripheral nerves).
Rheumatoid Arthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one of 100 types of arthritis, is an autoimmune disease. How much do you know about RA? Take the quiz.
How to Safely Take a Medrol Dosepack
A Medrol dosepack (dosepak) is a tapering dose of Medrol over a 6-day period.
Can Eating Gin-Soaked Raisins Really Help...
Eating gin-soaked raisins is among the most popular folk remedies for arthritis pain.
Voltaren Gel - 10 Things You Should Know
Voltaren Gel, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication in topical form, is used mostly on knees and hands to relieve arthritis pain and stiffness.
Understanding Basic Facts About Rheumatoid...
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, disabling, inflammatory type of arthritis. Learn the basics about diagnosis, symptoms, and prevention.
Osteoarthritis - Test Your Knowledge
Osteoarthritis is most common in older people. How much do you know about osteoarthritis? Take the quiz.
50 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
50 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 31 years. Photo of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 14.
What Is Uric Acid, Anyway?
Uric acid is a waste product normally present in the blood as a result of the breakdown of purines. What happens when uric acid accumulates?
10 Things You Should Know About Lyrica
Lyrica was approved by the FDA as a treatment for fibromyalgia in 2007. Here are 10 things you should know about Lyrica.
Is It Gout or Pseudogout?
How much do you know about gout and pseudogout? Take this quiz.
How Arthritis Medications May Cause Kidney...
Kidney problems, a potential side effect of arthritis medications, can be determined by specific blood tests or urine tests.
Does Prednisone Tapering Minimize Withdrawal?
Prednisone withdrawal symptoms can occur if steroids are not discontinued gradually. Tapering the dose of prednisone minimizes prednisone withdrawal symptoms.
What Is Degenerative Arthritis?
Degenerative arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, is the most common type of arthritis. Which joints are most affected?
How Do Normal Aches and Pains Differ From...
What are normal aches and pains versus arthritis? It's hard to distinguish between the two without being evaluated by your doctor.
44 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis for...
44 year old male with rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. Photo of hands and joint damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 15.
Which Arthritis Drugs Do Doctors Prescribe Most?
Medications are used by most arthritis patients. Learn about the arthritis drugs most commonly prescribed by rheumatologists.
Raynaud's Phenomenon Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with Raynaud's phenomenon?
Scleroderma Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms associated with scleroderma?: arthritis screening quiz osteoporosis screening juvenile arthritis test your knowledge rheumatoid arthritis
Which Mattress Is Best for People With Arthritis?
A comfortable mattress is extremely important to someone living with chronic arthritis pain.
Here's What You Need to Know About Sjogren's...
Sjogren's syndrome is an arthritis-related condition. Dry eyes, dry mouth, joint pain, and fatigue are primary symptoms.
62 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
62 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for over 25 years. Photo of hand deformity caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Page 16.
52 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
52 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. Photo of joint damage to hands from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 17.
Osteoporosis Screening Quiz
Do you have symptoms or risk factors associated with osteoporosis?
Top 8 Arthritis Cream Products
Arthritis creams can be effective for soothing minor arthritis and muscle pain.
Determining the Cause of Anemia Is Essential...
Anemia is not uncommon in people with active inflammatory types of arthritis. Anemia of chronic disease should be distinguished from other possible causes.
10 Essential Facts About Plaquenil
Plaquenil is an older disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug used to treat rheumatic and autoimmune conditions.
What You Should Be Aware of Before Taking Tylenol
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is a popular painkiller. The maximum allowable dosage must be followed to reduce adverse side effects.
10 Things You Should Know About Pseudogout
Pseudogout is a type of arthritis that is often mistaken for gout or other arthritic conditions.
Arthritis Treatment Goals and Options
There are many treatment options for arthritis. Medications are considered traditional treatment for arthritis but some patients look for natural alternatives.
Anti-inflammatory Diet May Improve Arthritis...
Certain dietary selections may have an anti-inflammatory effect and help decrease arthritis symptoms.
What to Expect During and After a Gout Attack
A gout attack causes sudden and intense joint pain. Most often, a gout attack affects a single joint but it is possible for a few joints to be involved.
Ibuprofen Is a Popular NSAID Used to Treat...
Ibuprofen is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and is commonly used to treat arthritis.
4 Unhealthy Behaviors That Make Arthritis Worse
There are four, if not more, behaviors that can negatively impact arthritis. The behaviors can become habitual.
Is Naproxen an Effective Arthritis Treatment?
Naproxen, classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), is a popular arthritis medication but patients must be aware of potential side effects.
38 year old female with rheumatoid arthritis...
38 year old female from Japan with rheumatoid arthritis for 17 years. Photo of joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis. Page 19.
How Arthritis Medications Can Affect Your...
Potassium levels can be affected by certain medications. Potassium levels in the blood can be abnormally high or low due to medication side effects.
Rheumatoid Factor - What Does It Indicate?
About 80% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for rheumatoid factor. Read about what rheumatoid factor means.
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) -...
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) typically affects one of your extremities and is characterized by continuous pain.
Review: Skechers Go Walk Shoes Rated 5 Stars...
It is unbelievably difficult to find comfortable shoes when you have arthritis. I found them. Skechers Go Walk shoes are amazing. Read my review.
Liver Function Tests Monitor Safety of...
Doctors routinely order liver function tests to detect potential problems with certain arthritis medications, such as methotrexate.
What You Need to Know About Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune disease that can affect many parts of the body. Lupus can be complex and may be hard to diagnose.
10 Things You Should Know About the Most Common...
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. There are 10 important facts you should know about osteoarthritis.
10 Facts You Should Know About Lupus
Lupus is an autoimmune rheumatic disease. Lupus affects the joints, skin, and other organs of the body. Check out 10 important facts about the disease.
Joint Stiffness Is Often Associated With...
Joint stiffness is a common characteristic of arthritis. Other conditions are also associated with joint stiffness, so you should consult your doctor.
How to Recognize Signs and Symptoms of...
There are five types of psoriatic arthritis which differ in symptoms and disease course.
Your Guide to Pain Medication for Dogs
Pain medications for dogs provide relief for joint problems or for pain after surgery. Learn more about pain medications for dogs in our three part guide.
What Rheumatoid Nodules Mean for Arthritis...
Rheumatoid nodules usually occur in active cases of rheumatoid arthritis. What is the significance of finding a rheumatoid nodule?
Everything You Need to Know About Dry Mouth
Dry mouth can be a sign of certain diseases and conditions such as Sjogren's syndrome.
The 8 Best Things You Can Do for Your Arthritis
Take a positive approach to living with arthritis.
Understanding Causes and Solutions for Low Back...
If you have low back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has lower back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation.
What to Expect From Your First Visit With a...
A rheumatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in arthritis and related diseases.
Inflammation - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about inflammation? Take this quiz.
How Does RICE Treat Acute Injury to Bones or...
R.I.C.E. is the acronymn for treatment prescribed for acute injury.
10 Things You Should Know Before Taking...
Colchicine is used for the treatment of gout. For safe use of the drug, here are 10 things you should know about colchicine including how it works, potential side effects, and warnings.
CPPD - What You Need to Know
CPPD (calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease) is a type of arthritis caused by deposits of calcium phosphate crystals in joints. CPPD is also known as pseudogout.
Gout - Test Your Knowledge
Gout quiz tests your knowledge of gout.: arthritis screening quiz gout diet diet quiz osteoporosis screening juvenile arthritis
Learn About These 3 Similar Types of Arthritis
Terminology for inflammatory arthritic conditions is explained. Are polyarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis the same?
Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries are caused by overuse and repeated motions. The group of conditions primarily affect the soft tissues, including the nerves, tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Lupus: What You Should Know About This Complex...
Lupus symptoms can be confusing. Learn more about signs and symptoms of the autoimmune disease which can affect skin, other organs, and joints. Page 2.
Fibromyalgia - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about fibromyalgia? Take this quiz.
The Difference Between Anabolic Steroids and...
The term steroids is often misunderstood. There are different types of steroids.
Basic Facts About Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is an arthritis-related syndrome which can be difficult to diagnose. There are important facts you should know about fibromyalgia.
Can Arthritis Be Cured?
As soon as someone is diagnosed with arthritis, they want to know if there is a cure. Is there a cure for arthritis?
Understanding Lyme Disease From Early to Late...
Lyme disease guide with in-depth information on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease.
The Effects and Side Effects of Corticosteroids
Corticosteroids are one class of drugs used to treat inflammatory types of arthritis.
Basic Facts You Should Know About Sjogren's...
Sjogren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system targets moisture-producing glands and causes dryness in the mouth and eyes.
Some People Believe WD-40 Can Lubricate...
Using the lubricant WD-40 for arthritis has become both an unproven and potentially harmful folk remedy for pain relief.
What You Should Know About Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is primarily characterized by chronic inflammation of the spine and sacroiliac joints. Ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic rheumatic disease.
The 7 Biggest Myths About Arthritis
There are many misconceptions about arthritis floating around. These 7 arthritis misconceptions are a few of the most common.
Identifying the Cause of Your Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is commonly caused by overuse, strain, or minor injury to a localized muscle. There are other causes, however.
Gout Risk Factor Quiz
What risk factors increase the chance of developing gout?
What Blood Tests Can Tell You About Your...
Blood tests can help diagnose arthritis, monitor treatments, and track disease activity.
Does Diet Help Both Gout and Pseudogout?
Pseudogout is the result of CPPD disease. The crystals causing pseudogout are calcium pyrophosphate crystals. With gout, uric acid crystals are deposited in the affected joint.
A Brief Explanation and Examples of Pinched...
Pinched nerve is a catch-all phrase for various types of nerve injury.
What You Need to Know About Sacroiliac Joint Pain
Sacroiliac joint pain is among the common causes of mechanical low back pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Test Your Knowledge
How much do you know about carpal tunnel syndrome? Take this quiz.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica: From Diagnosis to...
Polymyalgia rheumatica is typically associated with aching and stiffness of the shoulders and hips. It is sometimes confused with rheumatoid arthritis.
Foot Pain - How to Identify and Prevent Common...
Arthritis of the foot is just one condition that causes foot pain. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for relief of foot pain.
Does the Weather Really Affect Arthritis?
Does weather affect arthritis and cause more pain? Can you tell when a front is approaching? Many people say yes.
How Tylenol Arthritis Pain Differs From Regular...
Tylenol Arthritis Pain is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve arthritis pain.
Arthritis - An Overview
There are more than 100 types of arthritis which are associated with joint pain, stiffness and swelling. Certain types of arthritis may have systemic effects.
What Defines an Arthritis Flare?
Arthritis patients may experience a flare-up of symptoms. An arthritis flare can be very painful and disruptive to usual activities.
7 year old girl with polyarticular juvenile...
7 year old girl with polyarticular juvenile rheumatoid arthritis for 6 1/2 years. Photo of joint damage. Page 24.
Obtaining a Referral to a Rheumatologist Is...
Patients with signs and symptoms of arthritis or rheumatic diseases should be referred to a rheumatologist. You may have to wait for an appointment, but it's necessary.
Understanding What Causes Knee Pain and How You...
Knee pain is related to various conditions. A thorough examination is necessary to determine the exact cause of knee pain and appropriate treatment.
Dry Eyes May Be Related to an Autoimmune Disease
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Joint Replacement Screening Quiz - When Is It...
When is it the right time to have joint replacement surgery?
Sedimentation Rate Is a Commonly Ordered Blood...
A sedimentation rate is a blood test which detects nonspecific inflammation. It is often ordered when a doctor suspects arthritis.

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