Volume 2 - Issue 7

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Welcome to the July 2002 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. Tendonitis and Bursitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment
  3. Understanding & Dealing with Arthritis Pain
  4. Eight Day Arthritis Ecourse
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Featured Articles from The Arthritis & Glucosamine Resource Center


  1. Osteoarthritis: Explained Simply
  2. Glucosamine and Osteoarthritis
  3. A Guide to Glucosamine Products
  4. Eight Tips to Control Arthritic Pain
  5. What You Need to Know Before Buying A Glucosamine Product
  6. Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
  7. Arthritis Message Board Community
  8. Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®

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Tendonitis and Bursitis: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment


By J.R. Rogers

Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, the fibrous muscles that connect muscles to bones (tennis elbow would be a classic example). A calcium deposit often accompanies tendonitis, causing inflammation. Bursitis is the inflammation of the fibrous sac that cushions the tendons.

A bursa is a small pocket of connective tissue that is located adjacent to the joint, which assists in the movement of muscles and tendons over bony surfaces. Bursitis develops when there is inflammation of the bursa and the result is tenderness, pain, stiffness and limited mobility. In many cases, swelling and redness will appear.

Bursitis visits your body in two different ways; acute episodes (short-term) and chronic (long-term). Occasionally, physicians will refer to Bursitis as Tendonitis and inflammation worsens.

Osteoarthritis and the Connection
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, there can often be Tendonitis or Bursitis setting in. (The same is true of Rheumatoid Arthritis.) Tendonitis can also be caused by an infection or secondary to Gout. However, the vast majority of cases are caused by sports trauma and repetitive activities.

The Symptoms
The most common areas where Tendonitis problems arise are the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, feet or toes. In a great many cases however, it is going to appear in the shoulder or elbow. Wherever it appears, you can expect to feel tenderness, pain and if the affected region is a joint area near the surface of the skin (as opposed to a hip), you may experience some "redness" and heat.

The Diagnosis
Tendons and bursa are not visible on x-rays, so they have limited use in reaching a diagnosis. Generally, doctors will inject a needle in the affected area and withdraw some synovial fluid to get a clear diagnosis. If the fluid is discolored, it is bursitis.

If the diagnosis is unclear, the area can be numbed with an anesthetic. If this relieves the pain temporarily, it is usually bursitis.

Treating Tendonitis & Bursitis
In very severe cases, excess fluid will build up and it can be drained from the affected area. If you are experiencing "heat" coming from the area, apply cold packs in ten-minute intervals on and off. If there is no heat present, you can use hot packs.

Generally, a good quality liquid glucosamine product will be a very effective treatment for Tendonitis or Bursitis. However, it is important to understand that most episodes of Tendonitis or Bursitis are caused by trauma or repetitive activities. The best treatment plan is to rest the area and avoid the repetitive activities that triggered the onset.

Treatment Steps

  1. Apply hot or cold packs to area
  2. Ensure you are taking high quality liquid glucosamine
  3. Rest the area and avoid repetitive activities that engage the painful joints

Is it permanent?
In most cases, attacks are temporary. However, they can become chronic if you fail to follow the steps outlined here. If it reaches that point, it is very resistant to treatment.

Have Questions? Email me
I hope these tips have helped. Do not give up on the fight against your arthritis. I know pain can be extremely difficult, exhausting, and depressing. Please email me if you have any questions. I can be reached at jr@arthritis-glucosamine.net. I will do my best to answer all questions within two weekdays.

Understanding & Dealing with Arthritis Pain


By J.R. Rogers

The first thing that one needs to learn when dealing with arthritis pain is to be able to manage it. Whether your pain is excruciating or merely a minor bother, it is not fun.

Even though there are several ways to describe the pain, there are generally two kinds of pain: "acute" which would have a sudden onset and vanish within a few minutes and "chronic" the most painful and longest lasting. Whereas acute pain serves a purpose (protecting body from danger, alerting yourself to things like nails, fire, etc.) chronic pain is a benefit-less nuisance.

When this pain is from arthritis it is often caused by inflammation, a localized protective reaction of tissue to irritation, injury, or infection characterized by pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes loss of function.

A damaged joint can also cause pain through crepitation; the rubbing together of bone fragments that cause crackling or popping sounds.

Pain can also come from muscle tension, strained muscles, and fatigue. The tension from affected muscles can cause undue stress on other muscles that are trying to compensate for the afflicted ones. This is dubbed as "strained supporting tissues". In time, both the strained muscle structures, and those trying to compensate for them, can tire and cause "fatigue", often exacerbating the pain.

Pain Solutions
Now let's look for the solutions to dealing with this pain.

Methods that you can do in your home to bring relief without the use of drugs would include some or all of the following:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cold and Heat packs
  • Supplementing your diet with glucosamine
  • Relaxation
  • Magnet Therapy
  • NSAIDs (watch out for side effects)
  • Cox-2 inhibitors (also be wary of side effects)

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8 Tips to Control Arthritic Pain


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This concludes the July Issue of The Arthritis Chronicle. Look for the next issue in your inbox on August 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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