Volume 5 - Issue 4

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Welcome to the April 2005 issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Please pass this along to your friends!

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center
  2. BRAND NEW WEBSITE!!
  3. Our Shoulders Do Plenty and That is the Problem
  4. Healthy Food in Fighting Arthritis
  5. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Content from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Arthritis-Fighting Drugs: The Ulcer Connection
    If you read these chronicles, you know that I have constantly warned about the dangers of using NSAID's to tackle arthritis pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can cause serious problems and ulcers are one of them.
  2. Vioxx Reapproved by FDA Panel Members With Ties to Drug Companies
    How could the FDA get away with such blatant conflict of interest? Ten of the 32 FDA panel members who voted to bring Vioxx back to the market, had financial ties to the drugs’ makers.
  3. Coping With Stress and Anxiety
    Among the hardest parts of living in the modern world is stress and anxiety. With worries about work, the environment, the economy, natural disasters, terrorism, and the general state of the world, it seems that there is no end to the number of things to worry about.

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Our Shoulders Do Plenty and That is the Problem


By J.R. Rogers

It's funny, but before I got involved in the arthritis business after my own injuries, I used to think that our knees were the easiest joint to injure. Of course, I now know that our knees carry about four times our body weight so certainly they are at risk. However, think about the role your shoulders play in your life.

Greater Motion Capabilities
Your shoulders are the one joint that has more motion potential than any other. It allows us to stretch, throw, pull and swing. But the problem is that the shoulder's ability to allow us to do these things can be its downfall.

Rotator Cuff
The shoulder has a large rotator cuff that consists of four muscles that come out of our backs. They wrap over our upper arm and this is what holds our shoulder joint which is made up of the shoulder blade.

When you have pain in this area, it is going to be felt over the top of your shoulder. As well, the pain will sometimes be in the front and it can affect the outside of your arms. This is usually a form of tendonitis.

However, there are two other types of pain that we can have. The first is a result of a tear in the tendon. When this happens, you will likely be able to spot it. Usually, you will feel a loss of strength and your ability to move the shoulder is greatly reduced. The "noise" you hear is audible.

Bursitis can also affect the shoulder. We have talked about "bursa" before. They are small discs that site between the rotator cuff tendons and the bone of the shoulder. They are there to help with friction as the tendons move across the bone. This is also usually easy to spot. If you feel pain when you flex or bend your arm at the elbow, moving it up and backward, you may have a bursitis problem.

Rest and More Rest
All of these conditions are handled with rest. Applying heat or ice, whichever works best for you, is also good. However, it is also important to keep some motion going even when resting the shoulder. If you do not keep some motion, it can get itself locked into less mobility or freezing itself up. One way to do that without adding to the problem is to just bend over slightly and hang your arm in a downward direction. When you do this, gently swing your arm in all directions. There is no need to overdue it. Keep in mind that doing this regularly, will assist in keeping the shoulder from going into what I call "lockdown."

My Regular Regimen
To be honest with you, I like to do that simple little "exercise" every day. It gives me some assurance that I am limbering up my shoulder and keeping things on track. You might consider this simple exercise in your daily routine.

Pain Medications
Most doctors are going to tell you to take some anti-inflammatory such as Aleve. I am more inclined to use a quality liquid glucosamine. It does a far better job in my book. If you have gotten into a situation where you have actually torn your rotator cuff, it may need surgery.

Time Will Tell
Most of the injuries will resolve within two or three weeks. If you are not getting relief by that time, it is time to call the doctor and let them have a look.

See you next time.

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Healthy Foods in Fighting Arthritis


Mustard-Baked Chicken
Mustard adds heat and flavor to chicken without adding calories or fat. Experiment with different brands of mustard, but check labels to make sure there are no added calories!

  • 6 skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Rinse chicken and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Place on rack in baking pan.

Bake at 400 degrees for 10 or 15 minutes or until brown. Spread chicken with mixture of mustard and brown sugar; coat with bread crumbs.

Bake for 20 minutes; turn chicken.

Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through

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Mustard-Baked Chicken

Serves 6.

Per Serving:
Calories 265; Fat 5 g; Cholesterol 72 mg; Fiber 2 g; Sodium 540 mg

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This concludes the April Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on May 1st. Please forward to any friends you know who have arthritis and would be interested.

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Please note:
As readers of this Chronicle are aware, prudent exercise benefits those who suffer from arthritis. Most of the exercise recommendations made here are low impact in nature and designed to assist those who suffer from arthritis. Nonetheless, we always recommend that you consult with your physician before engaging in any type of exercise program.

 

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