How can the Arthritis Foundation help you?

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Thank you for your interest in the Arthritis Foundation—the most trusted source for arthritis information in the country.
We provide vital resources for you and the people you love through our programs, services and education as we continue to search for a cure.

Which is why we want to know what else the Arthritis Foundation can do for YOU.

Please take just five minutes to complete our survey. Your answers will help us better serve you and your loved ones who may be suffering from this debilitating disease.

Thank you in advance for your time and participation. Please click here now to complete the survey.

Sincerely yours,

John H. Klippel, M.D.
President and CEO
Arthritis Foundation

Product Review: Icy Hot Arthritis Lotion

IcyHot Arthritis Pain Relief Micro-Encapsulated Menthol Lotion Icy Hot Arthritis Lotion is a micro-encapsulated lotion used in the temporary relief of arthritis pain. It is available for around $6-8 at most chain and retail drug stores.

Icy Hot Lotion is applied generously to the affected area and massaged until it is absorbed thoroughly into skin.

A word of advice, however: don’t overdo it. I found the menthol aroma a bit strong with only a small amount. On the other hand, I found the combination of both cold and then heat sensations working on my knee almost right away and improvement from pain within 5-10 minutes. While results may vary from person to person, I would recommend both this and other products in the Icy Hot line.

CAUTION: After using, wash hands with soap and cool water. Consult a doctor before using on children under age 12

 

Product Rating: 4.5/5.0

 

 

 

This entry was posted on May 19, 2012, in Products.

The 30-Year Knee Replacement

What? I need a knee replacement?

That is the first reaction of many knee arthritis patients when they are given such news. Most people who need knee replacement surgery either procrastinate having the procedure or forego it altogether, not only because it’s major surgery, but also standard knee replacements last only 10 to 15 years, therefore subsequent surgeries are likely.

Other factors of patients putting off knee replacement surgery include age (usually too young in many cases), being overweight, or being very active.

However, the 30-year knee replacement puts such concerns to rest.

Unlike standard metal artificial knees, the 30-year knee replacement is composed of ceramic over metal with tolerant plastic. The 30-year knee replacement has been on the market since 1997; however, many patients didn’t know such an option was available. Its cost is only a few hundred dollars more, but covered by most insurance plans.

The 30-year knee replacement isn’t foolproof. There is still a chance for failure, but doctors can now make sure hips and knees are properly aligned via X-rays and MRI. The surgery is followed by “hard physical therapy for about two to three months, but patients receiving the 30-year replacement start to feel normal again in around six months.

Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh has offered the 30-year knee replacement surgery for at least two years.

It is recommended that all other treatment options must be tried and exhausted before having any type of knee replacement surgery.

To see a 30-year knee replacement success story, click here.

This entry was posted on May 4, 2012, in Treatments.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

The Arthritis Foundation is the driving force behind Arthritis Awareness Month, which will be observed during May 2012.

Arthritis Awareness Month aims to make people more aware of arthritis. It is also a time to motivate Americans to get up and moving via the Arthritis Walk, which helps raise funds for arthritis research, support and advocacy.

May 12 is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day is May 20, 2012.

Arthritis awareness does not end in May, however; World Arthritis Day will take place Friday, October 12, 2012.

This entry was posted on April 28, 2012, in Events.

Arthritis Profile: Christine Schwab

Take Me Home from the Oscars is the well-acclaimed book by author and TV personality Christine Schwab, who chronicles her battle with RA and keeping her condition hidden while working in the fast-paced world of television.

A national beauty, lifestyle, and fashion reporter, Christine has appeared on shows such as Oprah, Live with Regis and Kelly, NBC Nightly News, CBS-The Early Show, The Today Show, The Insider, Rachel Ray, Inside Edition, CNBC News, Fox Network News, E! Entertainment and Weekend Today.

Christine’s career as a journalist on KABC-TV Eyewitness News in Los Angeles. She is the author of three books, Quickstyle, The Grown-up Girl’s Guide to Style, and Take Me Home from the Oscars. As the contributing style editor to Redbook magazine Christine wrote a highly rated monthly column that also appeared in the Australian magazine She.

She has also been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal, Women’s World, The Chicago Tribune, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post Book Magazine/Sunday.

Christine appeared as a spokesperson for many of the country’s leading fashion and beauty companies. Estee Lauder, Revlon, Cotton Inc., Lenscrafters, Patek Phillipe and The Platinum Guilde, among others. Currently, she is spokesperson for the National Arthritis Foundation.

She is a member of AFTRA Fashion Group, Writer’s Market, and Pen USA.

ON THE WEB:


Web Site: www.christineschwab.com

Amazon Author Page: Christine Schwab

Twitter: @schwabchristine

Facebook: Christine Schwab

6 Differences Between Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Which form of arthritis do you have? Which form of arthritis do you have?

Arthritis comes in many forms. In fact, this term can apply to a number of conditions, including psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and osteoarthritis. Two of these conditions–rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA)–are often confused among patients.

Read More (courtesy HealthCentral)

New Way To Diagnose and Treat Arthritis – Using Old Technology

(Photo Credit: CBS)An old technology used in many medical diagnostic procedures now has a new purpose – as part of treatment for arthritis.

Doctors can now use ultrasound methods to not only pinpoint inflammation with more accuracy, but also as a guide in administering injections, such as cortisone or hylan G-F20, to be assured they reach the affected joints.

Benefits of this new treatment are patients avoiding exposure to radiation that accompanies traditional X-rays, and the high cost of MRI’s. Ultrasound arthritis treatment is both less expensive and pain management can be felt in a shorter period of time.

 

ADDITIONAL LINKS:

CBS Local: Ultrasound Offering Arthritis Patients Some Relief

OzarksFirst.com: Old Technology Has New Use for Arthritis Sufferers

This entry was posted on April 20, 2012, in Treatments.