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    1. How to Handle Rheumatoid Arthritis at Work

      Your rheumatoid arthritis (RA) doesn't have to stand in the way of a satisfying career. The right office set-up, helpful gadgets and tools, and support from your manager are some of the key ingredients to success on the job.  "I was diagnosed with RA when I was 26, and I have always worked full-time

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    2. How Physical Therapy Helps RA

      You can make your day-to-day life with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) easier by going to physical therapy. It helps you move better, get stronger, and maybe even have less pain. To get started, ask your rheumatologist for a referral. She may have a physical therapist that she often works with. You can al

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    3. Should You Have Hip Replacement Surgery?

      More than 300,000 people have complete hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. every year. About 90% of them feel better and can get back to normal activities months, or even weeks, after the operation. "The happiest patients you have are total hip replacement patients," says orthopedic surgeon Claude

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    4. Alternative Treatments for Knee Arthritis

      Ruth Cohen, DC, a 57-year-old chiropractor in Greenvale, NY, has lived with knee osteoarthritis (OA) for a long time. But the former college gymnast isn't ready for an operation to replace her joint. "I'm always looking to deal with alternative treatments before resorting to drugs or surgery," Cohen

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    5. Can a Sports Injury Raise My Osteoarthritis Risk?

      Maybe you like to stay fit by hitting the tennis court a few times a week. Or is a backyard catch with your son more your speed? Whatever your sports passion, along with the health benefits comes a risk of injury that can lead to osteoarthritis (OA) later in life. Don't give up your exercise routine

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    6. How to Manage Your RA and Get Relief

      One night Stephanie Hass, then 34, collapsed on her couch, completely exhausted. When she woke up, she could hardly move. "All my major joints were swollen -- my knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists, hands. It was so painful I couldn't walk. It felt like there were knives in my feet," she says. Hass was

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    7. Managing Gout Between Flares

      An attack of gout can be so painful that most people would do anything to avoid another. Unfortunately, flare-ups often occur. Studies show that people who have suffered a first attack of gout have a 62% chance of suffering another within a year. The odds climb to almost 80% within two years. "Over

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    8. Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits

      After a skiing injury 30 years ago, Bert Pepper, MD, got osteoarthritis in his left knee. "I stopped skiing and gave up tennis, running, and other sports that are tough on the knee," he says. "I turned to speed-walking to stay fit, but the knee kept me from walking at a good pace." As his pain got w

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    9. How to Take Care of Your Joints

      Just as the tread on your tires wears away over time, the cartilage that cushions your joints can break down, too. It's a condition called osteoarthritis. And without enough padding, your bones will hurt when they rub against each other. Frayed cartilage can't heal or grow back. "There's no way to r

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    10. Should You Have Knee Replacement Surgery?

      If you're in a lot of pain when you walk or get up from a chair, and you can't keep up with your daily activities, you might wonder: Should I think about knee replacement surgery? More than 700,000 in the U.S. get it done every year. And most of them get big-time pain relief and can go back to their

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