Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, is a major health problem affecting an estimated 21 million adults in the United States alone. Osteoarthritis begins with the breakdown of joint cartilage which results in pain, stiffness, swelling a... Read more
When cartilage that cushions your joints begins to breakdown faster than your body can replace it, you develop osteoarthritis. Without this protective tissue, the bones in your joints rub together, causing pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness. Lo... Read more
When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
Unlike other forms of forms of arthritis, your risk of developing osteoarthritis is largely related to lifestyle factors like diet, weight, exercise, and previous injury. In fact, dietary and lifestyle changes can have a huge affect on the prevention... Read more
You eat right (most of the time), hit the gym regularly and keep a clean house, especially during cold and flu season. So, why are you still getting sick? It turns out that some of the best things we do to stay healthy can expose us to germs when don... Read more
I am brand new to Sparkpeople and I am feeling really nervous. Every time I try to lose weight there is one major issue in my way. I am just about phobic of exercise. My body used to be so strong until I began to have severe joint and... Read more
My best friend who is a track and cross country runner told me about doing the Lying Abduction (or Adduction) exercise while you read. But you can do it while watching TV as well. I love doing this because then I feel more time-efficient!... Read more
I do circuit training type exercises a the gym, where I push myself for an allotted time or amount of reps, then quickly move on to the next, I rest at the end of the circuit & go again. I find different exercises in magazines, online, through other... Read more
Last spring I wrote a blog about my obsession with my beloved flip-flops. With the exception of a few months during the winter, flip-flops are my primary spring, summer and fall shoe staple. I wear them almost every day, the only exception is when I... Read more
Over the years, I've gotten some interesting comments when family or friends find out I'm a runner. "Be careful- that stuff is terrible for your knees!" or "Why would you want to do that kind of damage to your joints?" are some of the most memorable... Read more
I have a touch of osteoarthritis at the base of my thumb in my right hand. After a major car accident (end of 1999), I had a lot of pain there & had to wear a brace for a few months. X-rays showed that of the 9 pebblelike bones just above the wrist,... Read more
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