YOGA! – Shady Grove – Classes will be held for 5 weeks

YOGA at Shady Grove! Yoga is used to maintain or gain muscle tone, balance, strength and an improved frame of mind. Yoga also benefits posture, decreases pain, and increases range of motion and flexibility. Instructor: Margaret Brozen, RYT 500 Margaret is an experienced gentle yoga teacher and believes anyone can do yoga. In her classes she encourages students to quiet the mind through breathing, flowing through gentle postures and ends the class in deep relaxation. She modifies each and every

FM – Turn Down the Volume

Rebecca Wagner, PT Fibromyalgia (FM) is defined as widespread musculoskeletal pain that can include achiness, tenderness, and stiffness. It often is accompanied by fatigue and psychological changes, such as depression. Current theory states this condition is caused by central sensitization; that is, increased sensitivity in the brain to pain signals. This sensitization includes a change in the levels of the neurotransmitters resulting in amplification by pain receptors in the brain. Normal stimuli are perceived as painful. Think of a radio

Sleep Hygiene Strategies

Matthew Reed, PT, MPT, CMTPT The health benefits of quality sleep, and risks associated with sleep deprivation, are wide-ranging and well-understood, and we cherish that feeling of rejuvenation after a night of productive sleep. Yet, for many, a good night’s sleep is hard to come by, and we often rise in the morning feeling unrested and lethargic. And worse, the hormonal disturbance caused by lack of productive sleep can have compounding effects and further reduce the prospects of achieving productive

A Recipe for Cooking Without Pain

Written By: Ionie Moragahakumbura, PT, DPT Living with chronic pain can be difficult in all stages of life. In order to maintain your independence with regular activities, including cooking and taking care of your house, some modifications may be necessary to minimize exacerbation of symptoms that you may regularly experience.   We all must eat at some point in our day for energy. While appetites vary, a certain amount of meal preparation is required prior to eating a meal. Some

Why can’t I perform my friend’s physical therapy back exercises?

Joshua Costa, PT, DPT Exercises are a key component in rehabilitation that allows the body to improve range of motion, strength, balance, mobility, endurance, coordination and posture. Exercises can vary in intensity and repetition, and can be performed in various positions, all for specific goals. Certain exercises promote flexion (bending) of the spine, such as bringing your knees to your chest or when rounding your back. These exercises often are prescribed when treating osteoarthritis, spondylolisthesis (slipping of one vertebrae on

Ask Yourself One Question- Should I Be Concerned About Osteoporosis?

Does someone in your family have osteoporosis (thinning of the bones) or a history of hip fracture?  Angus B. Worthing, MD, FACR, FACP – “According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their life. Osteoporosis can develop when the natural microscopic remodeling process inside bones, which normally consists of constant extraction and replacement of calcium, is disrupted. It is crucial to perform a careful interview and

Back to Health

By David Borenstein, MD, MACR, MACP By: David Borenstein, MD, MACR, MACP Low back pain is a complaint associated with 60 different illnesses. No single therapy works for all of these problems. The most common problems that people have are mechanical in origin. Mechanical disorders are associated with overuse of a structure like muscles, or changes associated with growing older. Many individuals with mechanical forms of low back pain improve over a period of time measured in days to weeks.

Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis

By: Grant H. Louie, MD, MHS, FACR Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in the UnitedStates. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is now fast becoming considered a major CVD risk factor among traditional ones, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. RA no longer is thought of as a disease of only joints. RA is a chronic condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks its own joints by mistake. This results in joint inflammation. Patients experience

YOGA! – Shady Grove – Classes will be held for 5 weeks

YOGA at Shady Grove! Yoga is used to maintain or gain muscle tone, balance, strength and an improved frame of mind. Yoga also benefits posture, decreases pain, and increases range of motion and flexibility. Instructor: Margaret Brozen, RYT 500 Margaret is an experienced gentle yoga teacher and believes anyone can do yoga. In her classes she encourages students to quiet the mind through breathing, flowing through gentle postures and ends the class in deep relaxation. She modifies each and every

FUN RHEUM

Unscramble each of the clue words. Copy the letters in the numbered cells to other cells with the same number.

Osteoporosis Treatment … What’s in the Pipeline?

By: Louisa A. Ziglar, MD, FACR Osteoporosis is a bone condition whereby bone becomes brittle and more likely to fracture. This loss of bone strength is a result of a decrease in bone content (its density) and its ability to absorb day-to-day shock (its structural integrity). Normal bones have good density and structural formation to withstand the shock of a mild fall The U.S. Census Bureau projected there will be 72 million baby boomers (women and men age 51-72) in

A Medicare & Biosimilars “WIN”

Angus Worthing, MD @AngusWorthing Greetings from Washington, DC where I, as chairman of the American College of Rheumatology’s Government Affairs Committee, had the honor to organize rheumatologists from around the country holding more than 100 meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday supporting reforms to step therapy (“fail first”) and prior authorization, increased screening for osteoporosis, solutions to the rheumatology workforce shortage, and rheumatology-specific research at the Pentagon. We’re already hearing great news about our successes: hours after our visit, Reps Schakowski and Burgess introduced


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