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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 Prevention

There are many factors that can cause you to experience pain in one or both hips. Find out some of the most common causes and some low-impact activities to help with hip pain.

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: 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:

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.

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Get moving after your knee replacement

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