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Rheumatoid arthritis has three stages. In the first, the joint linings swell, causing pain and stiffness. In the second, the joint linings thicken. In the third stage, the joints may lose shape and range of motion.
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Injectable Corticosteroids
Injectable Corticosteroids Corticosteroids are potent drugs used to reduce inflammation in the body's tissues. They are different from anabolic steroids, which some athletes use illegally to increase muscle tone. Corticosteroids can come in several forms: pills, liquids, creams, ointments, medications sprayed into the nose, and injectable medications. Corticosteroid injections can treat a variety of skeletal, muscular, and spinal conditions. Some of these injections can be done by your health care provi...
Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain What is pain? Pain is an unpleasant feeling that lets you know that something may be wrong. It is one of the body's warning signals that indicates a problem that needs attention. Pain starts in receptor nerve cells located beneath the skin and in organs throughout the body. When there is an illness, injury, or other type of problem, these receptor cells send messages along nerve pathways to the spinal cord, which then carries the message to the brain. Pain medications work by reducing or bl...
Fly Through Airport Security with Your New Joint
Fly Through Airport Security with Your New Joint After you've recovered from joint replacement surgery, you might be ready for a relaxing vacation. But certain types of joint implants can set off airport security alarms. It's best to expect security screening to detect implants. Here's what you need to know to make your trip through security a smooth one. Advise security officers of your implant. Tell the security officers about your joint replacement when you approach the security area. Let them know w...
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation What is musculoskeletal rehabilitation? A musculoskeletal rehabilitation program is a doctor-supervised program designed for people with impairments or disabilities due to disease, disorders, or trauma to the muscles or bones. Musculoskeletal rehabilitation programs can often improve functional capacity, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of the patient. What conditions can benefit from musculoskeletal rehabilitation? Some of the conditions that may benefit from m...
The Orthopedic Treatment Team
The Orthopedic Treatment Team What is orthopedics? The word orthopedic comes from two Greek words: Ortho meaning straight Paedia meaning children Orthopedic surgery is the branch of medicine concerned with diseases, injuries, and conditions of the musculoskeletal system relating to the body's muscles and skeleton, and including the joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. Who treats orthopedic conditions? Orthopedic conditions may be treated by your doctor and/or other medical specialists and health are ...