Medication: Xeljanz (Tofacitinib)

Medication - Xeljanz (Tofacitinib)

Xeljanz is a medication prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). About Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease where the body mistakenly attacks its own joints.  About three times more women than men have this, and RA generally strikes between the ages of 30-60.  Symptoms, or flares, can last from days to months.  Joint stiffness, swollen joints, fatigue, and … [Read more...]

Autoimmune Inflammatory Vasculitis

Autoimmune Inflammatory Vasculitis

Autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis causes inflammation of blood vessels and can be fatal. What is Autoimmune Inflammatory Vasculitis? Vasculitis, in general, refers to a condition where blood vessels are destroyed by inflammation.  It can occur in the arteries (arteritis) or veins (phlebitis).  It can affect blood vessels of any size and organs throughout the body.  Vasculitis can also be a … [Read more...]

Ball of the Foot Pain

Ball of the Foot Pain

Metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, and sesamoiditis cause foot pain.  There are many conservative treatment options. What Causes Pain in the Ball of the Foot? There are many causes for ball of the foot pain.  Morton’s neuroma, sesamoiditis, and metatarsalgia are three common causes.  In metatarsalgia, inflammation is caused by improper footwear and certain activities.  Sesamoiditis affects the … [Read more...]

Bursitis Treatment Options

Bursitis Treatment Options

Bursitis pain can be treated medically or with alternative, drug-free therapies. What is Bursitis? Bursae are fluid-filled pads that cushion the area around muscles, tendons, and bones, in proximity to the joints.  Bursitis is a condition where there is inflammation of the bursae.  Typical areas for bursitis include the hip, elbow, shoulder and knee, as well as the heel and the base of the big … [Read more...]

Carpal and Radial Tunnel Syndromes

Carpal and Radial Tunnel Syndromes

Along with cubital tunnel syndrome, carpal tunnel and radial tunnel syndromes are disorders that impact the wrist and forearm. What are Carpal Tunnel and Radial Tunnel Syndromes? Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve of the forearm is squeezed.  That nerve, when pressed upon at the wrist, impacts sensations to the thumb and fingers.  The tendons and median nerve are housed in the … [Read more...]

Light Therapy

Light Therapy

Light therapy, or phototherapy, is used to treat a variety of disorders in the body and mind. What is Light Therapy? Light therapy (phototherapy, heliotherapy) is the use of exposure to “specific wavelengths of light”.  This can include daylight, lasers, polychromatic polarized light, fluorescent lamps, light-emitting diodes (LED), full-spectrum light, and dichroic lamps.  The light is used … [Read more...]

Tingling in the Extremities

Tingling in the Extremities

Tingling sensations in the hands and feet may have temporary or benign causes, but it can signal a more serious condition that requires treatment. Causes of Sensation Common causes of tingling feelings in the hands and feet are temporary, such as falling asleep on an arm, or crossing the legs for an extended period of time.  That sensation is the one called “pins and needles”, and, when the … [Read more...]

Pain Relievers and Hearing Loss

Pain Relievers and Hearing Loss

Regular use of certain pain relievers can contribute to hearing loss.  Patients may wish to explore alternative options for pain management. NSAIDs and Non-Aspirin NSAIDS are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.  Others names for these include Advil, Aleve, Motrin, ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen.  These medications are available in over-the-counter and prescription formats, and these pills … [Read more...]

Enthesopathy and Treatment

Enthesopathy and Treatment

There are many bone attachment disorders that fall under the category called enthesopathy. What is Enthesopathy? Bone attachments, called entheses, can have various disorders (enthesopathies) associated with them.  If they are inflammatory disorders, it is called enthesitis.  There are many medical conditions that are associated with enthesopathies, such as ankylosing spondylitis, plantar … [Read more...]

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome causes pain and numbness. Chiropractic and massage care can be helpful treatments for this condition. What is Cubital Tunnel Syndrome? While carpal tunnel syndrome is a more well-known condition, radial tunnel and cubital tunnel syndromes share some similarities.  Carpal tunnel syndrome happens when there is pressure on the median nerve of the wrist, radial tunnel … [Read more...]