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Sharon Theimer (@stheimer) posted · Tue, Oct 28 10:29am · View  

Baby Boomers and Scoliosis: Osteoporosis Is Risk Factor

ex-ray scan showing scoliosis ROCHESTER, Minn. — For many adults, the word scoliosis conjures up childhood memories of lining up in gym class for an examination by the school nurse. But scoliosis isn't just a pediatric condition. Curvature of the spine can develop in adults too, and the osteoporosis that can accompany menopause is a risk factor. Mayo Clinic orthopedic surgeon Paul Huddleston, M.D., explains how scoliosis develops, prevention and treatment options and a trend he is seeing in Baby Boomer women.

What is scoliosis? Scoliosis is a misshaping of the spine as seen from the front — where the spine seems shifted  right or left — or from a side view, where the spine is bent too far forward or backward, or a combination of the two. It doesn’t always cause pain: Schools started screening in elementary school or junior high in part because many children and their parents didn’t know the children had it, Dr. Huddleston says.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Huddleston, please contact Sharon Theimer in Mayo Clinic Public Affairs at 507-284-5005 or  

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Emily Hiatt (@emilyhiatt) posted · Tue, Oct 14 2:43pm · View  

El tratamiento correcto para la bursitis de la rodilla depende de la causa subyacente

¿Cuál es la mejor manera de tratar la bursitis de la rodilla? La he padecido desde hace meses y el dolor empeora, pero escuché que el dolor reaparece hasta después del tratamiento. ¿Existe alguna manera de prevenir esto en el futuro?

Ilustración médica de la bursitis de la rodilla con sacos llenos de líquidoRESPUESTA:
Bursitis es un término utilizado para describir varios trastornos que implican inflamación de los tejidos blandos de la rodilla. La causa de dichos problemas puede ser el ejercicio, una lesión, el uso excesivo o una infección. En muchos casos, la bursitis se resuelve sola con muy poco o ningún tratamiento, mientras que en otros requiere atención médica. El tratamiento correcto depende de la causa subyacente de la bursitis.

La bursitis de la rodilla consiste en la inflamación de la bursa localizada cerca de la articulación de la rodilla. La bursa es un pequeño saco lleno de líquido que reduce la fricción y protege los puntos de presión entre los huesos, tendones y músculos alrededor de las articulaciones. Cada rodilla tiene 11 bursas, y si bien cualquiera de ellas puede inflamarse, por lo general la bursitis de la rodilla ocurre sobre la rótula o en el lado interior de la rodilla y debajo de la articulación.


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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Sun, Oct 12 6:00am · View  

Sunday Oct. 12th is World Arthritis Day: Looking at RA Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis can be frightening. It's a lifelong chronic condition that not only causes painful damage to joints but can affect other areas of the body, including heart and kidneys. So, an early diagnosis and an aggressive approach to treatment can mean having much better control of the disease. [TRT 2:35] (Previously aired July 30, 2014)

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Dana Sparks (@danasparks) posted · Sat, Oct 11 7:00am · View  

Arthritis is an Inflammation of the Joints

World Arthritis Day is Sunday October 12th
MANKATO, Minn. — Arthritis is one of the most common health problems in the United States. Millions of Americans have some form of arthritis that leads to pain, stiffness and loss of motion. Many are over the age of 65, but people of all ages, even children, can be affected.picture of elderly hands

“Simply put, arthritis is an inflammation of the joints,” says physicians assistant Becky Ness, P.A.-C., at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. “The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness, which typically worsens as you get older. The two main types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.”

Micah Dorfner, Mayo Clinic Health System, 507-284-5005,

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own tissue, specifically the synovial membrane, which is the lining of the joint capsule. The tissue becomes inflamed and swollen and can eventually result in erosion of the bone, as well as joint deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur at any age but is most common in people over the age of 40. It’s also much more common in women than in men.

While there is no cure for arthritis, there are some effective treatments to help relieve the symptoms. Some of the most common treatments include: [...]

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lizatorborg (@lizatorborg) posted · Tue, Sep 30 6:00am · View  

Tuesday Q and A: Right treatment for knee bursitis depends on underlying cause

Illustration of knee bursitis with fluid-filled sacsDEAR MAYO CLINIC: What is the most effective way to treat knee bursitis? I have had it for months and the pain is worsening, but I have heard that even after treatment it can come back. Is there a way to prevent it in the future?

ANSWER: Bursitis is a term used to describe a variety of disorders that involve inflammation in the knee’s soft tissues. These problems can be caused by exercise, injury, overuse or infection. In many cases, they resolve on their own with little or no treatment. But some cases of bursitis may require medical care. The right treatment usually depends on the underlying cause of bursitis.

Knee bursitis is inflammation of a bursa located near your knee joint. A bursa is a small fluid-filled sac that reduces friction and cushions pressure points between your bones and the tendons and muscles near your joints. Each of your knees has 11 bursae. While any of these can become inflamed, knee bursitis most commonly occurs over the kneecap or on the inner side of your knee below the joint. [...]

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Joel Streed (@jstreed) posted · Mon, Sep 29 12:03pm · View  

Gout and Osteoarthritis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Eric Matteson outlines the findings of a study which looked at an association between gout and osteoarthritis.

To listen, click the link below.

Gout and Osteoarthritis

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Bob Nellis (@bobnellis) posted · Tue, Sep 9 5:20pm · View  

Multi-Institutional Research Team Measures Multiple Morbidities

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — A collaborative study by researchers from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University has measured multimorbidity — multiple diseases or medical conditions co-occurring in a single patient — and has determined which combinations of medical conditions are more prevalent by age, sex, and race/ethnicity in a geographically-defined Midwestern population. Investigators say that their findings, published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, are valuable in light of the aging population, the need to plan and prioritize health care interventions, and have broad implications for clinical research.

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Using a list of 20 medical conditions developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the research team accessed records for over 138,000 persons who lived in Olmsted County, Minnesota, during 2010 via the Rochester
Epidemiology Project. They concluded that multimorbidity is fairly common in the general population; it increases steeply with older age; has different combinations in men and women; and varies by race/ethnicity.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Nellis, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005,


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Brian Kilen (@briankilen) posted · Thu, Aug 21 12:06pm · View  

Mayo Clinic Health Letter: Highlights from the August 2014 Issue

ROCHESTER, Minn. ― Here are highlights from the August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. You may cite this publication as often as you wish. Reprinting is allowed for a fee. Mayo Clinic Health Letter attribution is required. Include the following subscription information as your editorial policies permit: Visit or call toll-free for subscription information, 1-800-333-9037, extension 9771. Full newsletter text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter August 2014 (for journalists only). Full special report text: Mayo Clinic Health Letter Special Report August 2014 (for journalists only).


Hand pain not inevitable with aging

hand pain imageChronic hand pain and dysfunction aren’t inevitable aspects of aging, but hands are vulnerable to injury and degenerative conditions after years of wear and tear. The August issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter includes an eight-page Special Report on Hand Pain, including common causes and strategies to alleviate, manage and even prevent hand pain.

Health concerns covered included arthritis, tendon and nerve conditions, trauma and infections. A primary care provider can treat and diagnose some hand conditions. Depending on the concern, a hand surgeon, rheumatologist, neurologist or rehabilitation specialist could be involved in treatment. [...]

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