Camp JRA campers from 2010 tell us their favorite parts about Camp JRA, the Arthritis Foundation’s week-long program for children with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. For more info: www.snipurl.com/campjra
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Teri Hatcher appears on Regis & Kelly (10-26-2010) and discusses Sophia Rothman, for whom she swam in the 2010 Malibu Triathlon “to put a face on” juvenile arthritis and raise money for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.
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Overview: We depend on our feet to take us where we need to go. But many people have painful foot problems that can hinder their activities. In this show, you’ll learn about treatments for some common foot and ankle ailments, including plantar fasciitis, bunions, sprained ankles and ankle arthritis. Part One: Plantar fasciitis Treatments for plantar fasciitis Heel cups Splints Shockwave therapy Sprained ankles Part Two: Bunions-causes and symptoms Treatment for bunions High heeled shoes Arthritis Ankle fusion Ankle replacements Guest: Dr. Daniel Farber, an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Kernan Hospital who specializes in treating foot and ankle problems. Dr. Farber is also an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Links: Foot and Ankle Problems (Part 1) www.youtube.com Foot and Ankle Problems (Part 1) www.youtube.com Maryland Foot and Ankle Program www.umm.edu Dr. Daniel Farber www.umm.edu
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www.gemisphere.com Natural relief from allergies utilizing therapeutic gemstones is now available via Gemisphere’s new “Allergy Treatment” web page and video. Therapeutic gems, a unique form of energy healing medicine, can ease allergy symptoms and treat their underlying causes, without harmful side effects. “More than half of all Americans now test positive for allergens. Allergies are among the most common complaints I see in my practice as a naturopathic physician. In particular, I’ve seen a tremendous rise in the number of children, and now even infants, brought in for the treatment of allergies.” — Dr. Ada González The new Gemisphere “Allergy Treatment” web page and video describe how six different therapeutic gemstones can ease allergy symptoms and treat their underlying causes, without harmful side effects “To recover from allergies and to keep them from coming back, it is important to address underlying issues with the immune system. In my practice, I’ve seen great results using a unique form of natural medicine—therapeutic gemstones.” — Dr. Ada González Gemisphere’s gemstone remedies, a unique form of energy healing medicine, and therapeutic quality gems have been embraced by practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine, as well as by medical doctors, acupuncturists, and other holistic health practitioners. Professional and Olympic athletes and trainers report dramatic improvements in athletic performance using Gemisphere’s therapeutic gemstones. Top …
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www.balancedhealthtoday.com www.balancedhealthtoday.com While the parasites that live inside of humans can be painful, destructive to health, and even deadly, the conventional treatment of of these parasites in humans can also have serious side effects. Often the conventional parasite treatment requires the use of harsh and dangerous chemicals or drugs and sometimes is ineffective in eliminating these parasites. Intestinal Parasites are unhealthy and may be the cause of your ibs, irritable bowel sysndrome, IBS/Crohn’s disease, colitis, diarrhea, malaise, asthma, allergy, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic fatigue syn., fatigue, head aches, flatulence, bloating and gas, constipation, arthritic symptoms, arthritis, joint aches, joint problems, joint pains, skin problems, itching, rashes, anoraxia, and many other rare diseases. The intestine, liver, circulatory system, brain, skin and other organs may be inhabited by various parasites such as giardia, cryptosporidium, candida, trichomonas, taenia ( tapeworms ), ascaris ( roundworms ), amoeba, entamoeba, cestodes , coccidia, microsporidia, strongyloides, trichuris ( hookworms ), helminths, and others. Kiribati South Tarawa Seychelles, Victoria Belize Belmopan Lebanon, Beirut Plano, Texas Brownsville Texas USA Cameroon, Yaounde Topeka Kansas USA Buffalo, New York Logan City, Queensland www.endosterol.info http www.medicardium.info
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Description of hand and thumb positioning with regard to arthritis of the thumb and carpal tunnel syndrome. www.briandorfman.com
After viewing the video, please take the time to complete our survey here: www.surveymonkey.com Arthritis Consumer Experts created a three-part series of web workshops on the importance of early diagnosis, exercise, and nutrition in slowing the progression of osteoarthritis or reducing the pain. This first workshop (split into 2 parts) in the series titled Do I have arthritis and what do I do about it? is presented by internationally respected rheumatologist and Scientific Director at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, Dr. John Esdaile. In it, he describes early osteoarthritis and lists the factors that are linked to an increased risk of developing it. Dr. Esdaile discusses how early osteoarthritis can be diagnosed, citing research that examines barriers to diagnosing early osteoarthritis. Also, he talks about the importance of early diagnosis in treating and managing osteoarthritis, leading to the topics of the two web workshops that follow, which are nutrition and exercise for those living with osteoarthritis.
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AJ Szwast, PT and Ramon Pedraza, PTA explain the goals of physical therapy after an arthroscopic knee surgery. Learn several exercises you can do at home to help your therapy goals. Dr. Emil DiIorio discusses several ways you can protect your knee and prevent future knee injuries. Part 4 of 4 www.coordinatedhealth.com (877) 247-8080 For more information, email: email@example.com
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After viewing the video, please take the time to complete our survey here: www.surveymonkey.com For those who would like to find out about the importance of proper nutrition as it relates to osteoarthritis, this last in the 3 part series of JointHealth™ web workshops on osteoarthritis will be of interest. It is presented by registered dietician, Arlaina Waisman. Topics include: how body weight is linked to osteoarthritis, guidelines for proper nutrition, important nutritional supplements, and myths surrounding diet for those with osteoarthritis
www.3pointproducts.com The 3pp Side Step splint helps to reduce lateral deviation of finger joints. It helps to prevent the progression of deformity in osteoarthritis of the fingers. This video explains how to put on the Side Step splint correctly and gives wearing advice.
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Courtesy of www.medstores.net Psoriasis is best described as a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin. It occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis is not contagious. It commonly causes red, scaly patches to appear on the skin, although some patients have no dermatological symptoms. The scaly patches commonly caused by psoriasis, called psoriatic plaques, are areas of inflammation and excessive skin production. Skin rapidly accumulates at these sites which gives it a silvery-white appearance. Plaques frequently occur on the skin of the elbows and knees, but can affect any area including the scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, and genitals. In contrast to eczema, psoriasis is more likely to be found on the outer side of the joint. The disorder is a chronic recurring condition that varies in severity from minor localized patches to complete body coverage. Fingernails and toenails are frequently affected (psoriatic nail dystrophy) and can be seen as an isolated symptom. Psoriasis can also cause inflammation of the joints, which is known as psoriatic arthritis. Ten to fifteen percent of people with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis. The cause of psoriasis is not fully understood, but it is believed to have a genetic component and local psoriatic changes can be triggered by an injury to the skin known as Koebner phenomenon. Various environmental factors have been suggested as aggravating …
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President, BC Society of Rheumatologists, Dr. Jason Kur speaks with Studio 4 Host Fanny Kiefer about the looming shortage of BC Rheaumatologists. What they do and why they are important for early detection of health concerns. Rheumatologists also assist with non-inflammatory, muscular skeletal conditions like osteoarthritis. www.rheaum.ca
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Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) -Part 2 – Health – Diseases and Conditions
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The fewer joint affected type of arthritis (oligoarticular) is characterised by having four or fewer joints affected, with the larger joints more typically affected such as the knees and ankles. These children usually appear well even though they may limp on walking. If only one hip seems affected this is very unusual for this type of arthritis and a different condition such as Perthes disease should be suspected. If the joints, such as the knees, are affected over a long period then the large extensor muscles of the thighs can weaken and waste, with tight hamstrings leading the flexion contractures of the knees. If the legs are affected asymmetrically then the length of the legs can develop a discrepancy.
With a larger number of joints affected, a minimum of five or more, the child has the many joint or polyarticular form of arthritis, with typically joints affected on both sides, a so called symmetrical involvement. A mild fever may be present and there can be significant muscle weakness and limitation of normal functioning if the joints have a severe limitation in their ranges of motion. A complete physical examination of the patient is vital to ensure that the diagnosis is juvenile arthritis, in what areas the physical limitations exist and which type of arthritis the patient is suffering from.
To establish the diagnosis of arthritis on the examination of a joint an effusion (swelling fluid within the joint capsule) must be present along with other likely signs and symptoms such as redness, warmth, pain and limited joint movement. Effusion of a joint may not be apparent in many joints such as the hips but in those cases the limited joint motions and pain will be apparent. The diagnosis may not be apparent initially as the arthritis can come on at the time of the fevers and the rash but it can also be delayed for some months. Liver and lymph node enlargement can be evident with tender muscles on examination. One joint is often affected in the fewer joint form of juvenile arthritis.
A symmetrical occurrence of arthritic changes in the major weight bearing joints and in the hand small joints is a typical finding in the polyarticular form of juvenile arthritis. The cartilage lining the joints can narrow in thickness, develop eroded areas and can form a fusion in some cases bridging the joint. Chronic changes over longer periods can include chronic joint effusions and thickened synovial membrane, subluxed joints, stiff joints and contractures, enlargement of the bone around the joint and bony deformities (often of fingers). Bone density can also reduce around the joints and the cartilage thinning can cause joint space narrowing.
A loss of cervical extension may not be symptomatic for the patient but is an important finding as it implies the cervical spine has suffered arthritic changes which can develop into subluxation (partial dislocation) of the high neck vertebrae which can be dangerous for the spinal cord. Fusion of the posterior neck structures may also occur. The tempero-mandibular joints of the jaw may also suffer from arthritic attack and this can cause reduced lower jaw growth and a reduction in the ability to open the mouth. Inflammatory changes can also affect the eyes in a low proportion of arthritics.
Juvenile arthritis and other complex conditions are best managed by a specialised multidisciplinary team due to the numerous problems which patients have to do with family and patient education and schooling, drug treatments, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. It is rarely if ever successful to give isolated treatments to this patient group. Reviewing patients at regular intervals allows the drug treatments to be fine tuned towards a reduction in the morning stiffness and towards fewer affected joints until no symptomatic joints remain. A typical team to manage these conditions may include a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social workers, a paediatric rheumatologist and nurse.
Surgery is not routinely indicated for most of these patients although joint injections with steroids may be employed for some. Polyarticular arthritis patients may suffer severe knee and hip arthritis which can be treated with knee and hip replacement once skeletal maturity has been reached and bone growth has stopped. Encouraging patients to be active is important as resting for long periods is not helpful and more active patients do better.
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