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                                  Health & Wellness

Ease The Pain Of Arthritis                                                     muscles and bones will gain strength and may actually 	 There are more than 100 types of rheumatological

                                                                               reduce your pain. The most important thing is to choose diseases. As a rheumatologist, I most commonly treat

By Avneet Vig, M.D.,                                                           activities that are safe for you. Walking or swimming can osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic back pain,

Martin Health Physician                                                        be excellent choices, but seek the advice of your doctor. gout, tendinitis and lupus.

Group Rheumatologist                                                           Shed Excess Pounds.                                         	 You might also see a rheumatologist for diseases such

	 You may think that the                                                       	 Extra weight places pressure on your joints. By as: osteoporosis; psoriatic arthritis; spondyloarthopathy;

aches and pains of arthritis                                                   combining diet and exercise, you can achieve a healthy scleroderma; ankylosis spondylitis; pseudogout; myositis;

are just a part of growing                                                     weight and reduce your pain.                                vasculitis; polymyalgia reheumatica; bursitis; trigger

older and must be endured.                                                     See A Rheumatologist.                                       finger; carpal tunnel syndrome; shoulder pain; hip pain;

Fortunately, this isn’t true.                                                  	 If you have painful joints but haven’t been diagnosed tennis elbow; and golfer’s elbow.

There are things you can                                                       with arthritis, getting a timely diagnosis and starting 	 If you experience persistent and severe achiness and

do to help ease the pain and                                                   treatment as soon as possible may relieve pain and help pain, as well as swelling around one or more joints, you

feel better.                                                                   protect your joints from further damage.                    should see your primary care physician for a referral to a

Know Your Options.                                                             	 A rheumatologist is a physician who received further rheumatologist. Don’t wait until these problems interfere

	 If your current medicine isn’t working well, ask your training in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal with your daily living.

doctor if a new or different medicine or dosage might disease and systemic autoimmune conditions commonly 	 Dr. Vig practices at HealthPark Two on the campus of

help. Make sure you don’t change your dosage without referred to as rheumatic diseases. These diseases can Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. To schedule

consulting your physician first.                                               affect the joints, muscles, and bones causing pain, an appointment, call (772) 344-3811.

Find A Daily Activity That Works For You.                                      swelling, stiffness, and deformity. Rheumatologists treat

	 Exercise is essential for all of us, and having arthritis joint disease similar to orthopedists but do not perform

Humane Society Newsis no exception. By getting fit – and staying active – your surgeries.

New Pet Therapy Programs                                                       Members of Misty’s Pals: Dianne Robinson, Jessie Clifford,  Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. “Sometimes all
                                                                               Bill Strachan and Spencer, and Joan Dutton. Photo credit:   it takes is an opportunity to feel the unconditional love
Bring Comfort And Joy                                                          Carol Lawson                                                of a pet.”
                                                                                                                                           	 A pet therapy dog provides psychological or
	 Misty’s Pals — the pet therapy arm of the Humane Society                     and eighth floors. The visits are from 10 to 11:30 a.m.     physiological therapy to individuals other than their
of the Treasure Coast (HSTC) in Palm City — is bringing                        every Wednesday.                                            handlers. These dogs have stable temperaments and
more joy and comfort to even more Martin and St. Lucie                         	 At the Court House, Misty’s Pals’ Paws to Empower         friendly, easy-going personalities. Typically, they visit
county residents with the addition of two new programs.                        program is aimed to comfort parents, guardians and          hospitals, schools, hospices, nursing homes and more. For
	 Misty’s Pals pet therapy volunteers, along with their                        children who are involved in dependency court cases. Pet    more information, call Jessie Clifford at (772) 486-4168
trained therapy animals, are now making monthly visits                         therapy teams visit on the first and third Thursday and a   or visit the website www.hstc1.org.
to Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie and the                          set Monday of the month. Those visits are from 8:45 to      About The Humane Society Of The Treasure Coast
Martin County Court System in Stuart.                                          10 a.m.                                                     	 Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure
	 At Tradition Medical Center, the volunteers are                              	 “A trained pet therapy animal can help relax both         Coast, 4100 S.W. Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has
making regular visits to the third floor, where they’ll                        children and adults who are experiencing stress,” said      been the leading advocate for homeless, abused and
greet parents, caregivers and children in the pediatrics                       Jessie Clifford, director of humane education of the        abandoned animals in Martin County. The HSTC provides
unit, and the surgical and medical rooms on the fourth                                                                                     the Treasure Coast’s most progressive spay-neuter and
                                                                                                                                           adoption programs and dynamic humane education
                                                                                                                                           services. The HSTC has long had partnerships with like-
                                                                                                                                           minded organizations. The HSTC does not euthanize to
                                                                                                                                           make space at its shelter, there are no time limits on how
                                                                                                                                           long animals stay in its care, and no companion animal is
                                                                                                                                           turned away for any reason. For more information visit
                                                                                                                                           www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.

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