Posts Tagged ‘ Arthritis ’

Can sugar increase inflammation levels?

September 22, 2016
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In this first article of a series on how sugar impacts your health, I’m going to start by looking at the role a high sugar diet plays in inflammation. I first developed an interest in this link when patients would mention in passing that they had noticed an improvement in their pain levels after doing…

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Is running bad for your knees?

December 8, 2014
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Apparently not! Even I thought it was but the results of a new study (to read it click here) have found that “not only does running not cause osteoarthritis in the knee, it may even help to keep the problem at bay”. The study followed 2863 people and found that “runners, regardless of the age they…

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Australian Health Guidelines – Updated

April 7, 2014
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If you’re interested in learning more about our National Health Guidelines this site has all the information you could ever need. It includes the physical activity recommendations for all age groups, ranging from 0-5 to over 65. You can also find advice on Nutrition. “This page contains Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines including…

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Treating Arthritis

February 14, 2014
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A new study has come out saying that the best treatment for arthritis is exercise. This makes sense and is something I’ve long believed and I may even have posted about it once before with respect to knee arthritis and tai chi. The pain associated with arthritis comes from things like the muscles tightening up around the…

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Spinal Injections

February 14, 2014
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New research has come out questioning the effectiveness of spinal injections. Titled “Time to reconsider steroid injections in the spine?”, the article in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia lists the following points, which I’ll post for your consideration: The largest of these showed marginal short-term (2-week) improvement in the steroid and local anaesthetic…

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Knee Pain going downstairs

January 31, 2014
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I just read an article in the New York Times Health section answering a reader query about knee pain when walking down stairs. This is a really common occurrence and I thought the information in the article was pretty good so I’ve posted the link to it here. Basically, you want to have good strength and…

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Using Paracetamol for Pain? Read this

August 30, 2013
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The use of paracetamol, such as Panadol, for conditions like arthritis, has come under fire after a panel of medical experts “said they were ‘extremely concerned’ about the links of higher doses to cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal adverse events. An article on Pulse.co.uk outlined the panel’s findings, which included: warnings about the potential side effects of paracetamol…

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New York Times article on Sports Medicine

September 14, 2011
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I just read an interesting article published in the New York Times on September 4 2011 about whether there is enough “good” evidence to support common procedures currently being used by sports medicine doctors. These include steroid injections, platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections, taping, and surgery. It’s an interesting article and it mirrors what I hear…

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Anti-Inflammatories Part 2

February 18, 2011
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Following on from my last article on the risks associated with the use of common over the counter anti-inflammatory medications, I wanted to see what the other options were and more importantly, how effective they are. I found an article which compared the results of 47 different studies on the effectiveness of different forms of ‘non…

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Anti Inflammatory Medications

February 17, 2011
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It was quite an alarming series of headlines last week as news broke of a large scale analysis of the risks associated with the use of common over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. “Common painkillers linked to heart disease” reported The Australian, along with “The findings confirm that drugs such as Nurofen and Voltaren can significantly increase the…

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