Herbal Remedy May Help With Rheumatoid Arthritis:
say an extract of the Chinese herbal remedy Tripterygium wilfordii
Hook F (TWHF) may alleviate arthritis symptoms.
Improves Knee Function in Arthritis Patients:
say cetylated fatty acids seem to significantly improve knee flexing
compared to a placebo.
Osteoarthritis Far Lower Among Chinese Than White Americans:
that "hip osteoarthritis was 80 to 90 percent less frequent
in Chinese study participants than in white persons in the U.S.
Relieves Pain of Knee Osteoarthritis: Researchers
say more than one third of the patients in studies showed significant
improvements in symptoms of pain, stiffness and physical functioning.
Osteoarthritis Patients Need to Exercise Despite Pain:
Researchers say maintenance of muscle strength plays
a key role in helping knee osteoarthritis patients cope with their
Produces More Pain Relief for Arthritis Sufferers:
Researchers say arthritis sufferers who are optimistic
about pending hip or knee surgery are going to experience better
pain relief than patients who have low expectations.
Bone Misalignment at Knee Linked to Severe Arthritis:
Researchers say patients undergoing knee surgery
are especially vulnerable to developing degenerative arthritis if
the leg bones are not properly aligned.
Glass Seen as Future Arthritis Therapy:
Researchers say crushed glass and radioactive glass
spheres be used to help mend the bones and joints of arthritis patients
in the not too distant future.
Help Reduce Muscle Pain of Arthritis: Scientists
in Russia report that leeches are effective in treating myofascial
pain syndrome, a muscular condition associated with rheumatoid arthritis
Self-Management Program Helps Arthritis Patients:
Researchers report a 17-hour course geared toward
managing chronic diseases could help arthritis patients delay
and possibly prevent disabilities.
Two Decades, Rheumatoid Arthritis Becomes Severe for 30 Percent:
Researchers reported finding that the progression
of joint destruction for these patients averaged two to three percent
Improves Quality of Life for Knee Osteoarthritis Patients:
To a lesser extent, home-based exercise also appears
to improve pain, ability to function and quality of life in patients
with knee osteoarthritis, according to Turkish researchers.
Online Yoga Guide Offers Help in Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis:
Researchers say physical activity may optimize both
physical and mental health and play a vital role in disease management.
Option for Patients With Early-Stage Knee Osteoarthritis:
Patients suffering from early-stage osteoarthritis
now have a promising new alternative that could delay knee replacement
May Have Reduced Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis: Results
of a new study show postmenopausal women who have never smoked,
or who had quit smoking 10 years earlier, may have a reduced risk
of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
and Depression Impact Functioning of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients:
University of Michigan researchers found that patients
who did poorly on cognitive tests also reported more pain and depression.
One-Third of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Quit Work Within 5 Years:
Of the 732 patients who completed the follow-up,
only 60 percent of those employed at the beginning of the study
were employed five years after onset.
Factors May Increase the Risk of Osteoarthritis: Researchers
say the finding could lead to new diagnostic measures and treatments
in the future.
Provides Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief in As Little As 48 Hours: Researchers
say it also could substantially reduce treatment time for some rheumatoid
May Help Women With Rheumatoid Arthritis Avoid Osteoporosis: Researchers
say physical activity including muscle strengthening exercises may
play a part in the prevention of bone loss
Urged to Take Arthritis Drug Arava Off the Market: The
advocacy group Public Citizen, citing toxicity concerns, has called
on the U.S. Food and Drug Admistration to take the arthritis drug,
Arava, off the market.
Guidelines Issued for Treating Arthritis Pain: The
American Pain Society has released its new guidelines for treating
arthritis pain, including the use of the widely controversial pain
killer oxycontin in cases of severe pain.
Arthritis More Disabling for Some Smokers: Women
who smoke are at higher risk of developing severe rheumatoid arthritis,
and the disease may be even more disabling for smokers who lack
the GSTM1 gene, according to a report in the journal Arthritis and
The word arthritis
literally means joint inflammation, but is often used to refer to
a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases that can cause pain,
stiffness, and swelling in the joints. These diseases may affect
not only the joints but also other parts of the body, including
important supporting structures such as muscles, bones, tendons,
and ligaments, as well as some internal organs. This fact sheet
focuses on pain caused by two of the most common forms of arthritisosteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis.
Pain is the
bodys warning system, alerting you that something is wrong. Most
forms of arthritis are associated with pain that can be divided
into two general categories: acute and chronic. Acute pain is temporary.
It can last a few seconds or longer but wanes as healing occurs.
Chronic pain, such as that seen in people with osteoarthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis, ranges from mild to severe and can last a
is a major health problem in the United States and is one of the
most weakening effects of arthritis. More than 40 million Americans
suffer from some form of arthritis, and many have chronic pain that
limits daily activity. Osteoarthritis is by far the most common
form of arthritis, affecting about 16 million Americans, while rheumatoid
arthritis, which affects about 2.1 million Americans, is the most
crippling form of the disease.
The pain of
arthritis may come from different sources. These may include inflammation
of the synovial membrane (tissue that lines the joints), the tendons,
or the ligaments; muscle strain; and fatigue. A combination of these
factors contributes to the intensity of the pain. The pain of arthritis
varies greatly from person to person, for reasons that doctors do
not yet understand completely. Factors that contribute to the pain
include swelling within the joint, the amount of heat or redness
present, or damage that has occurred within the joint. In addition,
activities affect pain differently so that some patients note pain
in their joints after first getting out of bed in the morning whereas
others develop pain after prolonged use of the joint.
There is no
single treatment that applies to all people with arthritis, but
rather the doctor will develop a management plan designed to minimize
your specific pain and improve the function of your joints. A number
of treatments can provide short-term pain relief.
and rheumatoid arthritis are chronic diseases that may last a lifetime.
Learning how to manage your pain over the long term is an important
factor in controlling the disease and maintaining a good quality
provided by: The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal
and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892