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5 Types of Arthritis Oct 1st, 2021

Arthritis isn’t a single disorder. It’s a term that encompasses more than 100 different types of inflamed and sore joints. The type of arthritis you have determines the kind of treatment that will help you live a more comfortable, pain-free life. Our expert rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New...

Does Gout Only Affect the Big Toe? Sep 1st, 2021

Stereotypical presentations in popular culture of someone who suffers from gout usually depict a large, overweight, middle-aged man with one foot wrapped in a cast. From a broad perspective, that’s pretty accurate; you’re more likely to get gout if you’re man, postmenopausal woman, or are middle-aged. But gout is a...

4 Potential Benefits of PRP Therapy Aug 9th, 2021

Whether you’ve ever considered cutting-edge, regenerative therapies before or not, there’s something about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) that intrigues you. You’ve heard that PRP helps your body heal damaged tissues without side effects. After all, PRP is made from your own cells.  At the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey, our expert...

Common Symptoms and Signs of Polymyalgia Rheumatica Jul 18th, 2021

You may have noticed that inflammation is at the root of almost every chronic disease and condition that humankind suffers. You’re more at risk for inflammation and the symptoms it brings as you age. One inflammatory condition that’s common, but not well known, is polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). Although PMR may...

Do You Have Psoriatic Arthritis? Jun 14th, 2021

If you suffer the itchy, scaly, reddened skin of psoriasis, you’re not alone. Almost 8 million Americans are in the same boat. Psoriasis is a disease in which your immune system becomes overactive and speeds up the production of new skin cells.  When you have normal, healthy skin, your skin...

10 Telltale Symptoms of Lupus May 3rd, 2021

One of every 1.5 million women, men, and children in the United States has an autoimmune disease called lupus. If you have lupus, your immune system attacks healthy tissue. Lupus has no cure, but once you get a diagnosis, you can learn to manage it so you can live a...

How Shoulder Pain Is Diagnosed Apr 1st, 2021

A shoulder may look like a simple joint. After all, it’s just a ball and socket. But your shoulder requires a number of muscles, ligaments, and tendons to keep the joint in place and permit its (significant) full range of motion. If your shoulder hurts, the root cause could be...

Understanding Myofascial Pain Mar 2nd, 2021

Whether it’s acute or chronic, pain is a sign that something isn’t right in your body.  If you have chronic muscular pain in the same spot, such as your neck or shoulder, you may have myofascial pain syndrome. “Myo” means muscle, while “fascia” refers to the thin layer of connective...

5 Compelling Facts About Infusion Therapy Feb 1st, 2021

Infusion therapy could be the answer to controlling your pain. You may benefit from infusion therapy if: You can’t tolerate oral medications The drug you need causes gastrointestinal distress Your current medication doesn’t fully control your pain Infusion therapy is a type of intravenous (IV) therapy in which your medical...

Can Changing Your Diet Prevent Gout Flare-Ups? Jan 1st, 2021

If you have gout, your rheumatologist has probably already explained that it’s a form of arthritis caused by an accumulation of uric acid crystals in the tissues of your big toe joint and possibly other joints. Where did those crystals come from?  When you eat foods that contain a substance...

8 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain Dec 1st, 2020

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that takes a lot of wear-and-tear, particularly if you engage in sports, perform manual labor, or play certain musical instruments. About 70% of women and men experience shoulder pain at least once during their lifetime. Our expert rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New...

How to Manage Arthritis Pain During the Winter Nov 1st, 2020

If you believe your joints are more accurate than your smartphone at telling you what the weather’s like, it’s not in your head.  The Arthritis Foundation® even has a weather and arthritis index on its site that warns you if the temperature and weather conditions in your zip code are...

The Link Between Menopause and Osteoporosis Oct 4th, 2020

If you’ve ever seen a human skeleton, you might think that your bones look like the ones you saw hanging before you: hard and brittle. But young, healthy bones aren’t brittle like sticks. They’re spongier, more flexible, and very much alive. At Rheumatology Center of New Jersey, our expert rheumatologists...

Pain Caused by Inflammation? Here's How PRP Can Help Sep 21st, 2020

Doctors use platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to treat everything from sports injuries to sexual dysfunction to hair loss. The reason this regenerative therapy has such widespread application is because it’s made from the healing components of your own blood.  Your body uses the concentrated platelets in PRP to prompt or accelerate...

Are the Elderly the Only Ones at Risk for Developing Arthritis? Aug 13th, 2020

Arthritis is an umbrella term for more than 100 conditions that affect the comfort and mobility of your joints. According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million women and men in the United States — as well as 300,000 children and teens — have some form of arthritis.  ...

Tips for Managing Your Lupus This Summer Jul 20th, 2020

It’s no secret that exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays damages your skin. UVA rays are more strongly associated with sunburns and skin cancer, while UVB rays also damage skin and raise your risk for skin cancer.  If you have the autoimmune disease lupus, though, you have extra reason...

Is PRP Right for You? Learn How You Could Benefit Jun 12th, 2020

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is everywhere in the news and in health care these days. Though PRP first came into the public’s consciousness because superstar athletes like Tiger Woods turned to it to accelerate healing, it’s now being used for everything from skin rejuvenation to boosting libido. Our expert rheumatologists at...

When Would I Need a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound? May 13th, 2020

Whether you’ve just suffered an injury, you suffer from chronic pain, or you’re undergoing joint treatment, your doctor may recommend a musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS). Isn’t ultrasound used to evaluate soft organs and to monitor a developing baby? If you’re not sure why you need an ultrasound or how it may...

Help! Is That Pain in My Toe Gout? Apr 22nd, 2020

When you suddenly feel a sharp, stabbing pain in your big toe, your first thought probably isn’t gout. After all, gout’s the condition that stereotypically affects rich people who eat rich foods. But if you don’t remember injuring your toe and it throbs painfully, you might be just rich enough...

The Best Treatments for Osteoarthritis Mar 1st, 2020

More than 30 million women and men in the United States have the age- and overuse-related joint disorder known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis can’t be cured and tends to get worse as you get older. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your life downing painkillers that irritate your stomach...

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Do Diet Changes Help? Feb 1st, 2020

If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you may find that you’ve lost your appetite or only eat a few foods. Medications that stop inflammation can cause ulcers and digestive issues.  But getting enough nourishment is more important than ever when you have an autoimmune condition such as RA. Without enough...

Top Causes of Shoulder Pain Jan 1st, 2020

Your shoulder joints are the most mobile joints in your body, enabling your arms to move up and down, move frontward and backward, and cross over both sides of your body. But that degree of flexibility and mobility comes with a cost.  The shoulder joint itself has to be shallow...

Bad Habits That Could Be Making Your Knee Pain Worse Dec 1st, 2019

Your knee is one of the largest joints in your body, and it takes a beating. Not only does it support most of your body’s weight, it’s a complex joint with a lot of moving parts that can become injured or torn. Jumping, stopping short, or landing wrong when you...

Myths and Facts About Lupus Nov 1st, 2019

More than 5,000,000 women, men, and children around the world have been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease lupus. With so many people affected, you might assume that the disease is well understood by the general public. But many myths still surround this disease, and these myths can affect the way...

Why Are Women More Susceptible to Osteoporosis? Sep 30th, 2019

Osteoporosis is a silent, gradual loss of calcium and other bone minerals that leads to less dense, more fragile bones that are prone to breaking and shrinking. In the United States, about 8 million women have osteoporosis, compared with only 2 million men. Most women and men don’t even know...

What Is Psoriatic Arthritis? Sep 1st, 2019

About 30% of women, men, and children with the autoimmune skin disease psoriasis may develop a complication called psoriatic arthritis (PsA), according to the National Psoriasis Association. Rarely, you can develop PsA without having skin-related psoriasis. There’s no cure for psoriatic arthritis, but it can be managed. Our expert rheumatologists...

How PRP Injections Can Change Your Life If You Have Joint Pain Aug 1st, 2019

If you have osteoarthritis — the gradual wearing down of your joint bones’ protective cartilage — or rheumatoid arthritis — in which your immune system attacks healthy tissues in your joints — you’ve probably relied on drugs to manage your pain so you can get through your day. But if...

Living With Lupus Jul 10th, 2019

A normal, healthy immune system attacks pathogens such as bacteria and viruses that could compromise your health. When you have lupus, though, your immune system is overactive and mistakenly attacks your own healthy tissues and organs as if they were pathogens.  Though lupus is a serious autoimmune disorder and there’s...

How Successful is Viscosupplementation for Knee Pain? Jun 1st, 2019

Whether you injured your knee through playing sports, an accident, or just developed knee pain with time, knee osteoarthritis can make getting through your day a painful chore. Your knee may be difficult to move, stiff, or even locked. In a normal, healthy knee joint, each end of the joint...

The Importance of Exercise When You Have Arthritis May 1st, 2019

Arthritis is a collection of joint diseases where you feel pain, stiffness, and swelling in one or more joints, such as your shoulder, hips, hands, or knees. Whether you have osteoarthritis (caused by overuse or aging), or rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease), moving your afflicted joint is probably painful and...

Tips for Preventing Further Bone Density Loss Apr 15th, 2019

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) estimates that about 30% of postmenopausal women in the United States and Europe have osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which your bones don’t produce enough new bone cells to replace old ones. Your bones become porous, brittle, and are at a greater risk for...

3 Reasons PRP Injections Have Gained So Much Popularity Mar 1st, 2019

If you’re at all interested in cutting-edge medicine, you’ve probably heard about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Even though PRP first made headlines when athletes like Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward used it to accelerate recovery from sports injuries, doctors and researchers seem to find new applications for PRP ever day. Google...

How Arthritis Affects Your Body and What You Can Do About It Feb 1st, 2019

The Arthritis Foundation estimates that arthritis is the No. 1 source of disability in the United States, affecting more than 300,000 children and 50 million women and men. Arthritis isn’t a single disease. Instead, it’s a group of more than 100 joint conditions, the most common of which are osteoarthritis,...

How Medicinal Injections Can Help Prevent the Need for Knee Surgery Jan 9th, 2019

Your knees are among the largest ball-and-socket joints in your body, and one of the most complex, too.  Because your knee has so many moving parts and supports most of your weight when you walk, run, jump, or dance, your knee is easily injured. As the population in the United...

Osteoporosis Prevention: Who Should Have a Bone Densitometry and How Often? Dec 6th, 2018

Osteoporosis — a condition in which your bones lose density and become fragile and brittle — has no symptoms. In the past, breaking a bone or developing a deformity such as a hunched back were among the few signs that led your doctor to suspect that you had osteoporosis. Today,...

5 Tips for a Gout-Friendly Thanksgiving Nov 20th, 2018

If you’ve already experienced the intense pain and swelling in your big toe that’s a key sign of a form of arthritis called gout, the last thing you want to do is trigger another attack. Thanks to your rheumatologist, you’ve been pretty good about sticking to your diet, avoiding foods...

The 5 Best and Worst Foods for Those Managing Arthritis Pain Oct 24th, 2018

While the cure for arthritis eludes medical science, there are many potent treatments for the condition. Chief among these are avoiding foods that exacerbate joint pain and eating foods that reduce it. Here are the five worst and best foods for arthritis and joint pain. Foods to Avoid Trans Fats...

Can Yoga Improve Mobility for Patients With Arthritis? Sep 18th, 2018

The benefits of yoga for overall physical and emotional well-being are numerous — from increased flexibility and muscle strength to lower stress levels and mental clarity. September is National Yoga Month, and the team of board-certified rheumatologists at the Rheumatology Center of New Jersey, with offices in Princeton, Somerville, Flemington,...

What You Can Do To Help Prevent Osteoporosis Aug 27th, 2018

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, some 44 million Americans have osteoporosis or low bone mass. If you have osteoporosis, you’re at a greater risk for fractures, hospitalization, and a host of other complications. Taking steps to protect your bone health is an important part of overall healthy living.Although more...

5 Tips for Traveling with Lupus Jul 23rd, 2018

Traveling requires a lot of preparation. Factor in an autoimmune disease like lupus and the thought of traveling can become overwhelming and seem nearly impossible, particularly during a flare. However, patients with lupus can fulfill their travel dreams or obligations. We’ve put together a brief guide to traveling with lupus...

Why Everyone From Professional Athletes to Senior Citizens is Turning to PRP for Joint Pain Relief Jun 12th, 2018

You may not play golf like Tiger Woods or basketball like Kobe Bryant, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the same revolutionary therapies star athletes use to rehabilitate and repair damaged and aching joints. Whether your joints are creaking from a poorly healed sports injury or because of...