Arthritis (Health Alert) by Ruth Bjorklund

By Ruth Bjorklund

This hugely readable and intensely invaluable sequence presents younger readers with all they should find out about numerous health conditions.

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The team usually includes family doctors and specialists such as rheumatologists, orthopedists (doctors who specialize in bone disease), nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, podiatrists (foot doctors), ophthalmologists (eye doctors), psychologists, and social workers. For a patient with mild arthritis, doctors may begin with a treatment plan that includes medications such as NSAIDs or DMARDs to reduce inflammation and to help prevent further joint damage. People with more severe arthritis may be prescribed stronger drugs, such as biologics, or some form of steroid treatment.

In 1859, a British doctor named Sir Alfred Garrod wrote about the disease and gave it the name rheumatoid arthritis. In 1893, Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, a Scottish surgeon working in London, developed a procedure using steel screws and plates to Elm bark, shown here, helps relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis. 31 An Arthritis Pioneer: The Story of Percy Julian Percy Julian was born in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1899. He was the grandson of a slave. Strict segregation laws were in place, and there were very few public schools that admitted African Americans.

For a patient with mild arthritis, doctors may begin with a treatment plan that includes medications such as NSAIDs or DMARDs to reduce inflammation and to help prevent further joint damage. People with more severe arthritis may be prescribed stronger drugs, such as biologics, or some form of steroid treatment. Analgesics, or painkillers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help treat pain, but they should not be combined with some of the other medications. Patients must follow instructions from their doctors and pharmacists.

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