Arthritis Self-Management Extra Archive

Welcome to Arthritis Self-Management Extra, your source of breaking news and authoritative information about the more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions. Every other week, we bring you the practical information you need to manage your arthritis and improve your overall health and well-being.

April 21, 2021

BREAKING NEWS

New Drug for Severe Form of Juvenile Arthritis

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved tocilizumab (Actemra) to treat a rare, severe form of arthritis in children called systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis, or Still disease.... Read more »

SURGICAL OPTIONS

When You're Considering Surgery

Millions of Americans have surgery each year, for a variety of reasons. Some procedures are simple, requiring short hospital stays, and others are more complex. If you are considering elective surgery — that is, surgery that is planned rather than done on an emergency basis — you'll want to do your homework before going ahead.... Read more »

IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH

Recovering From Total Knee Replacement

Does the sight of a broken-down escalator or the thought of having to make an extra trip across the room make you wince? If your knee hurts while climbing stairs, walking, or even sitting — and medicine, physical therapy, and walking aids no longer help — it may be time to consider total knee replacement.... Read more »

FEATURED RECIPE

Oatmeal Raspberry Bar Cookies

Sweet treats don't always have to be full of sugar and refined grains. Whole oats and no-sugar-added jam make these scrumptious bars more nutritious than your average cookie, and they are a cinch to make.... Read more »

FEATURED DEFINITION

Anesthesia

Treatment that dulls or blocks normal sensation, including pain, and that is usually given before a surgical procedure. There are three basic types of anesthesia: general, regional, and local.... Read more »

April 7, 2021

Breaking News

Arthritis Doesn't Necessarily Disable Workers

For many people with arthritis, stiff and painful joints can create difficulties on the job. A new study suggests that, for most workers with arthritis, problems on the job are not permanent but may come and go and vary in severity over the course of several years.... Read more »

IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH

Getting to Know Your Health-Care Team

Because arthritis is a complex set of conditions, it is best addressed from a variety of angles. That means care from several different health professionals, all with their own area of expertise. Think of these professionals as your “health-care team.” Each one of them can address an important aspect of your care and contribute to an overall improved quality of life.... Read more »

TAKING HEALTHY STEPS

Working With an Occupational Therapist

Do stiff or painful joints, recent surgery, or illness or injuries prevent you from carrying out your day-to-day activities? If so, you may be a candidate for occupational therapy. An occupational therapist (OT) is trained to assist you with those duties and activities that you perform on a regular basis, at home, at work, and during your leisure and recreational time.... Read more »

FEATURED RECIPE

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Putting a homemade supper on the table doesn't get much easier than this. The combination of lean chicken and a protein-rich whole grain makes this recipe a healthy choice, and the apples and seasonings lend a sweet and spicy kick.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Dupuytren Contracture

A thickening and shortening of tissue underneath the skin on the palm and the fingers that may result in deformity and loss of hand function.... Read more »

In This Issue

BREAKING NEWS

Antidepressant Eases OA Pain

IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH

Arthritis Self-Help: What Are My Choices?

TAKING HEALTHY STEPS

Living (Reasonably Well) With Pain

FEATURED RECIPE

Granola

FEATURED DEFINITION

Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Test

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