From the rheumatology experts at Mayo Clinic comes a complete guide on arthritis. This book is filled with proven, science-based research on arthritis and its related conditions, recommended treatment plans for relieving joint stiffness and pain, and essential self-care tips to help you live a life free from debilitating arthritis symptoms.
Each year, more than 50 million Americans suffer from joint inflammation and swelling caused by arthritis. Too many people have first-hand experience with the crippling effects of the disease, effects that can harm one’s ability to work, move, and complete normal tasks in day-to-day life.
However, knowing more about arthritis can help you move past its impairments. Mayo Clinic Guide to Arthritis combines knowledge from the rheumatology experts at the Mayo Clinic to teach readers about the causes and risks associated with different types of arthritis—like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and other back and spine disorders—and how to spot the warning signs of each condition.
Following the latest developments in arthritis research, the book then highlights different treatment options available for managing the pain, including medications, surgical procedures, physical therapies, and types of integrative medicine. Finally, readers will learn how to live with arthritis and protect their joints while staying active, maintaining a healthy diet, going to work, and even traveling.
With this all-inclusive reference guide from the Mayo Clinic, learn how to adopt a healthy lifestyle, seek professional support, and control and minimize joint inflammation, to relieve arthritic pain once and for all.
PART 1: UNDERSTANDING ARTHRITIS
Chapter 1: Arthritis — Common and complex 10
Who gets arthritis? · What causes arthritis? · Types of arthritis · Living in motion
Chapter 2: Osteoarthritis 20
Understanding the condition · Signs and symptoms · Diagnosis and treatment
Chapter 3: Other noninflammatory musculoskeletal disorders 32
Common types of joint surgery · Choosing the right procedure · Things to know before surgery · New lease on life
Chapter 12: Pain management 208
Treating acute pain · Professional help · Devices to control pain · Therapies to control pain · Behavioral approaches
Chapter 13: Integrative medicine 218
Choosing an integrative therapy · Forms of integrative therapy · Mind-body medicine · Herbs and other dietary supplements · Energy therapies · Hands-on therapies · Alternative medical and healing systems · Evaluating integrative therapies
Chapter 14: Joint Injections 244
Corticosteroids · Hyaluronic acid · What is regenerative medicine? · Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy ·
Stem cell therapy
PART 3: LIVING WITH ARTHRITIS
Chapter 15: Staying active 252
Benefits of exercise · Getting started · Your weekly workout · Exercise guide · Tailoring your program · Staying motivated
Chapter 16: Eating a healthy diet 274
Diet and arthritis · Reducing arthritis symptoms · The Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid · How to get more calcium · Benefits of a healthy weight · Strategies for success · Food and drug interactions
Chapter 17: Your mind and your health 298
Your body and stress · Focus on the positive · Reduce stress · Learn to relax · Seek support · Intimacy · Simplify your life · Get your rest · Stay in control
Chapter 18: Protecting your joints 314
Basics of joint protection · Assistive devices for daily tasks · Assistive devices for mobility · Guide to joint-friendly posture and movement
Chapter 19: Traveling with arthritis 330
Planning a trip · Choosing where to stay · What to take · Transportation · Traveling abroad
Chapter 20: On the job 342
Know your rights · Protect your joints · Commute wisely · Get comfortable with your computer · Keep an open mind · Job interview tips
Lynne S. Peterson, M.D., is an award-winning rheumatologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, with more than 20 years of experience in treating arthritis and other types of rheumatic diseases. In addition to working as an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Dr. Peterson has spent years researching the effects of rheumatoid arthritis on juveniles and adults. As a result of this research, she has been awarded the Clinical Researcher of the Year award and the Clinical Distinction award from the Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigational Network. Dr. Peterson currently serves on the education committee in the division of rheumatology for the Department of Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic and is certified in rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.