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After breast cancer: Preventing lymphedema

Lymphedema may affect up to 60 percent of women after breast cancer treatment. This abnormal accumulation of fluid, or “edema,” is caused by a blockage of the lymphatic system. Often first noticed as a swelling, heaviness or tightness in the arm, hand, wrist, fingers, breast or torso on the same side as the affected breast, it can happen right after surgery or radiation, or years later.

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: Controlling Urge Incontinence

Q: "You know how when little kids realize they need to go to the bathroom, it needs to be now? I've become that way: I need to go often, and there's no delaying – otherwise I end up with an adult version of 'an accident.' I'm afraid of ever being very far from a restroom! Am I stuck with this for the rest of my life?"

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: 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?"

First aid for soft-tissue injuries

Following an injury such as a sprain, strain or muscle pull, the correct first aid treatment can help to prevent further complications and lead to faster healing and return to activity.

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.

Using Aquatic Therapy to Recover From a Stroke

Answers from Kathleen Cutter, physical therapist with Providence Rehabilitation Services:

Forms Instructions

ACL Injury Prevention Program Introduction

Please read this important information before beginning the program.

Acute rehab outcomes report

In 2010, Providence Rehabilitation Services helped 139 inpatients achieve their goal of living as independently as possible. Our outcomes report illustrates our tradition of exceeding national standards since our program’s inception.

Aquatic Center pool program class descriptions

A brief description of the Providence Macadam Aquatic Center pool classes.

Parent/Athlete Concussion Information Sheet

Sports concussion educational handout for parents, athletes and coaches.

Rehabilitation Services Medication List Form

Rehabilitation Services Medication List Blank Form

Proprietary Health Article

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.

Race day tips for runners from Providence Sports Care Center

The Hood to Coast Relay is one of the most exciting running events in the Northwest. These race-day tips can help you enjoy your race instead of suffering through it.

Recommended Resource

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. Chronic pain medicines page on Chronic pain, how to identify and treatment resources. Medicamentos para el dolor cronico (Chronic Pain Meds in Spanish) page on Chronic pain, translated to Spanish. Arthritis

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

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services page on Pain, how to identify, treat and relevant resources.

Medline Plus: Arthritis

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

Medline Plus: Pain

The National Library of Medicine’s online tool Medline Plus provides definition and treatment resources for pain management.

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.