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Dr. Ritesh Shah, orthopedic surgeon, Illinois Bone and Joint Institute

Joint Replacement Surgery and Transitional Care

Joint replacements are among the most common elective surgeries in the country. A recent study found that people are seeking joint replacements earlier in life, in part because people are staying more active as they age and they want a better quality of life through retirement.

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Chronic Pain, Prescribed Opioids and Pain Management

Prescribing opioids for chronic pain remains controversial. What are the treatment alternatives and are there any resources for chronic pain management?

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How Can You Treat Arthritis With Aquatic Exercise?

People with arthritis tend to be less active due to pain and discomfort. But in warm water, the muscles are more relaxed and therefore more flexible for stretching and exercises.

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Pain, Opioids and Fall Risk

Many elders have chronic pain from musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis, from nerves damaged by diabetes or shingles, or from cancer. Consequently, more than 30 percent of people enrolled in Medicare Part D use opioid prescriptions to control pain.

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Avoiding Falls by “De-Prescribing” Medications

Nearly 60% of Americans — the highest ever — are now taking prescription drugs. More than half of elders take five or more medications. Why such lengthy medication lists?

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Finding the Right Pill Organizer

While pill organizers can help avoid medication errors, there must be a good fit between the user and the pill organizer, otherwise, the benefits of using a pill organizer will be lost, and may actually impair one’s health.

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Home Remedies for Aches and Pains of Aging

A 2012 National Health Interview Study found that 11.2 percent of adults report having daily pain.

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Senior Women and Arthritic Thumb

Arthritis is a condition that wears down and destroys a joint in the body. Degenerative wear-and-tear arthritis known as osteoarthritis is the type of arthritis that most commonly affects the thumb.

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The Opioid Crisis and Fall Risk

Seniors using opioids are at a seven-fold greater risk for falls (and increased hip fractures) than those who use other pain relievers, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

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