Is It Time for Joint Replacement Surgery?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, approximately 60 million people in the U.S. have arthritis.

Although there are many types and causes of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common. Sometimes known as “wear and tear” arthritis or degenerative joint disease, it is the progressive breakdown of cartilage, our joints’ shock absorbers.

People with osteoarthritis often experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Pain that increases over time
  • Stiffness
  • Limping
  • Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Poor range of motion
  • Problems walking or doing other everyday activities

Treating Arthritis

“There are several approaches your health care provider may recommend to ease the pain of arthritis and restore mobility,” says Matthew Brown, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Cooper University Health Care. Read more.

It’s RSV Season: What You Need to Know

“Most people who get RSV will only experience mild symptoms, much like the common cold,” says Mara Gordon, MD, a family medicine physician at Cooper University Health Care. “But others may develop severe respiratory complications, including difficulty breathing.”

Most children contract RSV before their second birthday and it is highly contagious. With symptoms so similar to a cold, many RSV infections are missed. Read more.

The Secrets Your Bloodwork Can Reveal

A visit to your primary care provider is likely to include a trip to the lab for bloodwork. Is there really a need to endure the bloodletting jab? Simply put, “yes.”

Your bloodwork reveals important information about your health. Even if you believe you are in good health, bloodwork can identify potential health risks when they are most easily treated and help track changes in your health over time. Read more.