Words Matter


I have had arthritis in my hands, wrists and knees for a number of years. My arthritis stems from the normal aging process and stress from years of walking in swamps. I had always said that I suffered from arthritis. I now have changed my perspective and I say I am an arthritis survivor not a victim. Words do matter. My arthritis will not go away so I deal with the symptoms. There are physical activities I can no longer do. I cannot ski, take a spinning class or walk moderate distances on hard pavement. This does not mean I...

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Tablets Can Cause Hand, Finger Pain and Neck Pain

  Tablets like Apple's iPad and the Samsung Tab are not just the rage but have become indispensable for convenience. These are great tools that are not without their chronic pain risks as we discovered with desk top computers. "Prolonged use of tablet computers can cause different forms of repetitive strain injuries to the fingers and hands," notes John L. Pappas, MD, the medical director for the Beaumont Centers for Pain Medicine in Royal Oak, Mich. "Good posture and frequent, short breaks can help minimize these symptoms." Tablets and smartphones can cause a different kind of tension and pain, since the neck...

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