Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability among Americans over age 15 and one of the most prevalent chronic health problems, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Joining Andrew on this episode of Patient Power to discuss arthritis is Dr. Carin Dugowson. Dr. Dugowson is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Rheumatology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Learn exactly what arthritis is, the body parts affected and how the disease is treated. You’ll hear about the different medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, that are helping to relieve joint pain and reduce inflammation for those living with this condition and how these medicines work. Dr. Dugowson also explains how the pain associated with arthritis can be lessened without medication and how the disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices, such as weight loss and strength training.
In this very informative program, Dr. Dugowson answers a variety of questions from callers on topics ranging from psoriatic arthritis to a connection with inflammatory bowel disease. You’ll learn why Dr. Dugowson is optimistic about arthritis treatment for the future and how clinical trials are aiding this progress. Dr. Dugowson states “I think the last ten years have been unbelievably productive, and patients with arthritis have a really much better outlook than they ever had. So yes, I'm very encouraged.” Hear more about arthritis and become encouraged yourself when you listen to this Patient Power program.
Carin E. Dugowson, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, UW MedicineDr. Carin Dugowson is Associate Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School and went on to complete her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Dugowson’s research interests include osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and epidemiology of... more >