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Ask An Expert

Ask an Expert: Biologic response modifiers (BRMs)

Q: I’ve heard about new “biologic” therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. How do these medicines work? 

Ask an Expert: Diet and arthritis flare-ups

Q: Are there certain foods that can prevent arthritis flare-ups? And is it true that eating vegetables like tomatoes and potatoes can actually aggravate arthritis?

Ask an Expert: Glucosamine and chondroitin

Q: Can glucosamine and chondroitin prevent joint cartilage from wearing down?

Ask an Expert: Knuckle cracking and arthritis

Q: Does cracking my knuckles increase my risk of arthritis?

Answer from Peter Bonafede, M.D., medical director of the Providence Arthritis Center at Providence Portland Medical Center:

Recommended Resource

Aetna InteliHealth Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

Aetna InteliHealth page on Arthritis and Osteoarthritis and relevant resources.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

AAOS landing page with resources to all topics regarding musculoskeletal health.

American College of Rheumatology

Physician’s resource website about rheumatology includes news, resources and research articles.

Bone and Joint Decade’s Musculoskeletal Portal

Bone and Joint Decade’s online resource for news for patients and orthopedic specialists.

Healthfinder.gov: Arthritis

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov tool’s page on arthritis. Includes FAQs and an overview of the types of arthritis with resource treatment options.

Medline Plus: Arthritis

Medline’s page on Arthritis, discussing types and symptoms with links to various resources for treatment and interactive tools.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Main site for alternative medicine including acupuncture, dietary supplements, herbs, massage techniques and other non-traditional medical practices.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

NIAMS landing page with search for conditions in the health index and related resources.