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If you have questions about living with and treating arthritis, you are in the right place. Here in The Arthritis Society’s Ask an Expert zone, a team of professionals is on hand to give you feedback and advice – equipping you with information that will help you live as well as possible with the disease. 

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Does turmeric help relieve pain or swelling?

A quick discussion of turmeric that attempts to point out why so many people are asking this question and provides answers in so far as they exist. 

Posted: 25-02-2016 arthritis diet inflammation management nutrition osteoarthritis pain rheumatoid swelling

Is it unusual to be diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and osteoarthritis?

People can suffer from more than one type of arthritis.  You may have had osteoarthritis that was present but was asymptomatic and/or not causing problems until the psoriatic arthritis began.  At that point both types of arthritis may flare.

Posted: 25-01-2016 Arthritis Diagnosis Management Osteoarthritis Pain Psoriatic

I have OA in both knees and am worried about walking on ice! Are there any devices that will assist me?

Walking outside in winter weather is hazardous at the best of times.  You are right to be worried!

Posted: 11-01-2016 Arthritis Assistive Devices Exercise Management Osteoarthritis Pain

How can I reduce the pain, stiffness and crooked nature of my arthritic fingers?

I have osteoarthritis in my hands and fingers which causes me tremendous pain and stiffness.  My fingers have also become crooked in nature because of my condition. Are there any treatments you recommend to help relieve my symptoms?

Posted: 21-12-2015 Arthritis Management Osteoarthritis Pain Splints

Can you suggest treatments for swelling caused by osteoarthritis?

I am currently living with very swollen feet, legs and hands caused by Osteoarthritis inflammation. I have had a kenalog injection in my knee and I am currently taking Celebrex. These treatments did not help me as much as I would have liked. Are there any other treatments you would recommend?

Posted: 30-11-2015 Arthritis Exercise Management Osteoarthritis Pain

What are pain management strategies for my osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia?

I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis everywhere in my body, degenerative disc disease and fibromyalgia.

In May 2015, I suffered from a slipped disc on my left side. I have been trying to compensate by using the right side of my body, but unfortunately now my right knee has become extremely swollen and painful.  I have visited both my doctor and neurologist, and am waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon...

Posted: 09-11-2015 Arthritis Pain Arthritis Programs Fibromyalgia Osteoarthritis Pain Management

What treatments, splits or programs do you recommend for osteoarthritis hand pain?

I would love some insight into any treatments, splints or pain management programs that may help relieve osteoarthritis pain in my hands.

Over the past 2 years, I have developed severe pain, burning, swelling and a bump on my left thumb. I have had a cortisone injection and taken anti-inflammatory medication, but I did not experience relief. I am now experiencing the same pain in my left in my right thumb! I have not gone for X-rays yet, but I anticipate I have osteoarthritis in this thumb as well.

Posted: 02-11-2015 Arthritis Pain Arthritis Programs Osteoarthritis Pain Management Splints

What can I do to help manage my arthritis pain in my feet?

I am living in Smithers, B.C., where there isn't very much expertise on osteoarthritis. I’m sending in this question in hopes I can get some insight into my condition. 

I have severe pain in my feet, particularly the left foot, although the right foot is not too far behind. I also have “Plantar Plate Tear” and am getting a knee replacement this month. My podiatrist sold me orthotics which did help me a bit.

Posted: 26-10-2015 Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis Pain Management

What are good exercises to help my osteoarthritis?

I am 52 years old, diagnosed with osteoarthritis 2 years ago.  My arthritis started in my thumbs and I can feel it starting in my knees and hips. 

I have recently joined a gym and was wondering if you have any useful resources or tips on where I can get information to help strengthen my muscles and support my joints?

Posted: 19-10-2015 Exercise Osteoarthritis physical activity

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent type of arthritis, affecting more than three million Canadians — that’s one in 10!

Posted: 12-09-2015 Osteoarthritis
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