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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: Hip Pain Treatment FAQ

How can I get relief from hip pain without surgery? If surgery is needed, what are my options? What should I expect recovery time to be like after surgery?

Ask an Expert: How do I get started on an exercise program if I’ve been a couch potato all winter and spring?

Q: The weather has been so bad, I’ve basically been a couch potato. Now that the weather’s improving, I want to get out this weekend and get active. How should I begin an exercise program?

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:

Ask an Expert: Plantar Fasciitis

"When I first get out of bed in the morning I can hardly walk because of the pain in my heel. What could this be?"

Bone loss and osteoporosis

See skeletal images that depict how bone gradually dissolves away as you age and the results of osteoporosis in this KPTV report. Building bone mass, by getting enough calcium and vitamin D and exercising early in life, is the best way to prevent osteoporosis. For those with osteoporosis, there are treatments that can help.

Osteoporosis: who is at risk and what can be done?

We all lose bone mass over time, but for those with osteoporosis, it can lead to devastating fractures. This KXL In Depth explains who should get tested and what you can do to help prevent bone loss.

Ski and Snowboard Safety Tips

As ski season approaches, skiers and snowboarders can’t wait to hit the snow and leave their first tracks of the year. Before you step into your bindings, keep in mind that a day on the slopes can be dangerous.

Forms Instructions

New Patient Forms: PMG-Hood River Orthopedic Center

To prepare for your visit with Dr. John Durkan please bring this completed form with you for your initial appointment. In addition we will also need your photo ID and current medical insurance card.

Proprietary Health Article

After the injury, getting back in the game

Over the years sports seasons have grown in intensity, frequency and duration, putting greater demands on young bodies. How to diagnose and treat an injury to help young athletes return to the sport they love. – By Stuart M. Montgomery, orthopedic surgeon, Providence Orthopedic Institute

Amid the benefits of osteoporosis therapy, an unexpected risk

Bisphosphonates are widely accepted for treating postmenopausal osteoporosis. Yet these beneficial drugs also carry a potential complication: proximal femoral stress reactions and spontaneous fractures. – By Hans Moller, M.D., medical director, Providence Orthopedic Institute Fracture Care Program

Ask an Expert: Shape up this summer with expert exercise advice

Everyone gets motivated to get more active when the summer sun comes out. Before you get started, make sure you’re setting yourself up for success and preventing injury by considering these tips from our experts.

Dr. Beckerman joins the specialists at Providence Sports Care Center

Beginning June 2, 2011, Providence Sports Care Center at JELD-WEN Field (formerly PGE Park) expanded services to include cardiology sports medicine with a focus on prevention for athletes with symptoms or a history of heart disease.

 

How can I be treated by the same therapists who treat the Portland Timbers?

Our newest rehab clinic is Providence Sports Care Center, located inside Providence Park. Here, you will receive the same expert treatment the Portland Timbers receive, from our skilled team of therapists.

Keep your moving parts moving

When Dorothy first encounters the Tin Man, he stands as stiff as a statue, his joints rusted tight. It’s all he can do to squeak out the word that will get him moving again: "oilcan."

Orthopedics Facts and Figures

Get facts about general orthopedics, arthritis, hip fractures; joint replacement and osteoporosis.

Providence inScope: Breaking melanoma's grip

The September issue of Providence inScope, our clinical news magazine, examines a combination therapy that may hold promise for people with advanced melanoma.

Pumpkin-carving tips for a trick-free Halloween

You’ve picked out the perfect pumpkin. You’ve planned the scariest jack-o-lantern design ever. You’ve laid out your blades. Now, before you start carving, take a few precautions to prevent your Halloween from morphing into a slasher horror movie.

Tips for Injury Prevention

Tips to help prevent injuries during sport activities for adults and children.

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.

Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.  Founded in 1948, with headquarters in Atlanta, the Arthritis Foundation has multiple service points located throughout the country. The Arthritis Foundation is the largest private, not-for-profit contributor to arthritis research in the world, funding more than $380 million in research grants since 1948. The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.

Bone and Joint Decade’s Musculoskeletal Portal

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

Edheads Online Virtual Hip Replacement

Virtual Hip Replacement :
Take on the role of the Surgeon throughout a hip replacement surgery!

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.

National Osteoporosis Foundation

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is the leading consumer and community-focused health organization dedicated to the prevention of osteoporosis and broken bones, the promotion of strong bones for life and the reduction of human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research.

PreOp Patient Education Hip Replacement Surgery

A step-by-step patient education presentation designed to educate and ease anxiety surrounding hip replacement surgery.