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Ask an Expert: Arthritis pain relievers

I used to take Bextra for my arthritis, but when the Food and Drug Administration asked Pfizer to stop selling it, my doctor put me on Celebrex. I am worried about reports saying that they increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. What should I do?

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:

Forms Instructions

New Patient Forms: PMG-Hood River Rheumatology

To prepare for your visit with Dr. Dan Sager, 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

June: Staying active with arthritis

It’s natural for osteoarthritis to slow you down a little as you get older. Just don’t let it stop you altogether.

Less pain, more gain: Spring training for people with arthritis

Spring is finally here – at least according to the calendar – and the garden and great outdoors are calling. If you have mild osteoarthritis, don’t let the fear of increasing pain keep you from answering that call – inactivity only makes things worse. Getting outside and gently bending, stretching and moving your body could do you a world of good.

Recommended Resource

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. 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.

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.