Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Ways to Reduce Inflammation

Question: I have both Ankylosing Spondylitis and Osteoarthritis, and so I was wondering if there were ways or things I could do to reduce inflammation to help treat my arthritis. Answer: Yes, there are certainly things you could try to…

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Non-Addictive Pain Control: What Works Best?

Non-Addictive Pain Control: What Works Best?

Q: Non-Addictive pain control: what works best? This is a question asked by someone who attended one of our free Community Education webinars. Yes, there are many different, evidence-based strategies to help manage pain. But first, let’s briefly touch on…

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Anti-inflammatory diet – made easy

Anti-inflammatory diet – made easy

Following an anti-inflammatory diet will not cure arthritis, however for many people it is an effective way of controlling symptoms, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing the risk of developing other health problems.  Recent studies have also found that a…

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Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

Pros and Cons of Cortisone Injections

Injections of Intra-articular corticosteroids (IACSs), usually combined with analgesics, are commonly performed to treat pain related to osteoarthritis (OA) e.g., hip and knee OA. While they are common, they are not without their risks. I will go on to talk…

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Supporting the mental health of my child with JIA

Supporting the mental health of my child with JIA

Q: How can I help support the mental and emotional health of my child with JIA? Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is the most common rheumatic disease in childhood, occurring in approximately 1:500 children. Despite a recent expansion in treatment options and…

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Hand arthritis and Pain

Hand arthritis and Pain

Question: I have arthritis in my hand (base of thumb and wrist). It can be painful in the cooler months, and sometimes after a day of gardening and/or chores around the house, my thumb and wrist can hurt that evening…

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How to Spot Bad Science

How to Spot Bad Science

Question: I like to do my own research on difference products or treatments for my arthritis but I don’t have a science background- how can I tell if what I’m reading is from a trustworthy source or if the study…

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What is distraction therapy (for pain)?

What is distraction therapy (for pain)?

Fool your brain, replace your pain What is Distraction? Diverting attention away (i.e., distraction) from feelings and thoughts of pain is a common and well researched pain-coping strategy. Its effects are variable across individuals, however, those who report high levels…

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Stand up & move – your joints will thank you

Stand up & move – your joints will thank you

Current research demonstrates that sedentary work and lifestyle behaviours have a profoundly negative affect on our health status; the message is loud and clear – sitting at your desk or on your couch for extended periods may now be seen…

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