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Ways to decrease thumb pain

Thumb spica splint

What causes thumb pain? The most common causes of thumb pain are arthritis and tendonitis. De Quervain’s tendonitis is caused by the inflammation of the two tendons that extend the thumb (move the thumb up, as in hitchhiking). Arthritis of the base of the thumb joint is one of the most common and early forms […]

Osteoarthritis Treatment- From Diet to Surgery!

Osteoarthritis Treatment- One problem, many solutions There is no cure for osteoarthritis. Symptoms of arthritis can gradually worsen over time as we age. However, there are multiple treatment options that can reduce pain, increase mobility, and possibly slow the progression of the disease. There is no one osteoarthritis treatment regimen that works for everyone. Treatment […]

Osteoarthritis- diagnosis

How is osteoarthritis diagnosed? Osteoarthritis is diagnosed with a combination of medical history, physical exam, xrays, labs, and possibly other tests.   Medical history There are several “clues” a physician looks for in differentiating osteoarthritis from other types of arthritis. For example, in osteoarthritis, the pain usually comes on over time, it is worse at […]

Osteoarthritis- The most common type of arthritis

What is osteoarthritis? Of the 100-or-so types of arthritis that can affect us, osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type. OA is caused by “wear and tear” on the joints over time. Much like the tires on a car, the cartilage between joints, which provides cushioning to the joint, wears down over time and with […]

Safety of Biologic Drugs In Rheumatology

Safety of biologic drugs Biologic drugs have recently revolutionized the treatment of many rheumatologic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis, to name a few. These powerful agents function by targeting a specific component of the immune system thought to be crucial in causing inflammation. Specifically, TNF inhibitors (Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Cimzia and […]

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage If you have ever had a massage, you will agree that massaging sore muscles helps relieve the pain. A good massage just makes you “feel good”. But massage, especially by a skilled therapist, can provide more than just a temporary relief for sore muscles. It can actually be used as a form of […]


What is arthritis? What is the difference between osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis? In this video Dr. Firooz discusses the basics of arthritis.

Sjögren’s syndrome

  Sjögren’s syndrome is a chronic autoimmune disease where the immune system mistakenly attacks the moisture-producing glands of the eyes and mouth causing dry eyes and dry mouth. In addition to causing dry eyes and dry mouth, Sjögren’s syndrome can affect other organs like the skin, lung, heart, kidney, and nerves. The exact cause of […]

Raynaud’s Phenomenon

What is Raynaud’s Phenomenon? Raynaud’s phenomenon is a condition where the blood vessels in fingers and toes (and occasionally other areas) constrict upon exposure to cold, causing discoloration of the digits. Disease vs. syndrome There are 2 types of Raynaud’s phenomenon: primary Raynaud’s phenomenon or Raynaud’s disease, where symptoms are not associated with another disease, […]

Living with rheumatoid arthritis- the 7 golden rules

Now that we have effective medications to treat this disease, living with rheumatoid arthritis is not as scary as once it may have been. You may still want to make a couple of adjustments in your lifestyle to help control the symptoms and prevent worsening of the disease. These are the 7 golden rules to […]