6 Exercises That Can Help You Manage Knee Osteoarthritis

It might sound counterintuitive, but if you have knee osteoarthritis, you should make exercise a priority. Here are knee stretches and strengthening exercises to try. If you’re one of the 14 million Americans who have knee osteoarthritis, you might think that moving the joint will do more harm than good. But the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says just the opposite:...

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Nerve Pain and Nerve Damage

Your nervous system is involved in everything your body does, from regulating your breathing to controlling your muscles and sensing heat and cold. There are three types of nerves in the body: Autonomic nerves. These nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of your body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, and temperature regulation. Motor nerves. These nerves control your movements and actions...

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Exercise helps ease arthritis pain and stiffness

As you consider starting an arthritis exercise program, understand what's within your limits and what level of exercise is likely to give you results. Exercise is crucial for people with arthritis. It increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Of course, when stiff and painful joints are already bogging you down, the thought of walking around...

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Possible Causes of Joint Pain Beyond Arthritis

A joint forms where the ends of two bones come together (e.g., hip, knee, elbow, shoulder, finger). Most of our joints facilitate movement. In normal anatomy, joint components stabilize the joint, allow bones to move freely, and protect the joint from the rigors of constant, everyday use. The joint components include a capsule which is lined with synovium (i.e., a connective tissue membrane). The joint capsule...

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The Best Sleeping Positions for Lower Back Pain, Alignment Tips, and More

Do you deal with lower back pain? You’re not alone. The Global Burden of Disease study named lower back pain the leading cause of disability across the globe. What’s even more interesting is that most back pain isn’t caused by serious medical conditions, like cancer or arthritis. Instead, it’s often brought on by stress or strain from bad posture, awkward sleeping positions, and other lifestyle...

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Causes of Morning Stiffness From Arthritis

Feeling stiff when you first wake up in the morning is a common problem associated with arthritis. Morning stiffness causes you to hurt all over as you get out of bed. As you take your first steps, your joints and muscles ache so much, you want to crawl right back into bed. In fact, morning stiffness can be the most...

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6 Exercises That Can Ease and Prevent Lower Back Pain

You may not think your lower back has much of a role in running, but it plays a pivotal part in the kinetic chain that powers your running mechanics. How? Let’s break it down. Your core muscles—not just your abdominals, but the muscles that wrap around your midsection—support your spine and lower back. And your core, hips, glutes, and hamstrings together form one big...

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Getting a leg up on sciatica

Sciatica's (pronounced sigh-AT-eh-ka) hallmarks are pain and numbness that radiates down the leg, often below the knee. In nine out of 10 cases, sciatica is caused by a displaced disk in the lower spine. The best medicine is often patience — with some stoicism mixed in — because the pain often goes away, even if the problem disk does not....

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Types of Stem Cell Transplants for Cancer Treatment

In a typical stem cell transplant for cancer very high doses of chemo are used, sometimes along with radiation therapy, to try to kill all the cancer cells. This treatment also kills the stem cells in the bone marrow. Soon after treatment, stem cells are given to replace those that were destroyed. These stem cells are given into a vein, much like a...

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5 Signs of a Pinched Nerve You Shouldn’t Ignore

Whenever you hear the word “pinch,” you know it’s not going to be good. When you were a kid, getting a pinch sucked, and giving one was basically asking for a timeout. And who hasn’t been told they would “just feel a pinch” during some procedure or other, then experienced serious discomfort instead? It’s no wonder, then, that having a pinched...

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