Safety of Biologic Drugs In Rheumatology

Safety of biologic drugs Biologic drugs have recently revolutionized the treatment of many rheumatologic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and psoriatic arthritis, to name a few. These powerful agents function by targeting a specific component of the immune system thought to be crucial in causing inflammation. Specifically, TNF inhibitors (Humira, Enbrel, Remicade, Cimzia and […]

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage If you have ever had a massage, you will agree that massaging sore muscles helps relieve the pain. A good massage just makes you “feel good”. But massage, especially by a skilled therapist, can provide more than just a temporary relief for sore muscles. It can actually be used as a form of […]

Plantar fasciitis? Blame the shoes!

Plantar fasciitis: The aching feet What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar fascia is the thick, fibrous tissue that runs along the arch of the foot, from the heel to the toes. This tissue can become inflamed from overuse and other mechanical injuries. The pain is usually sharp, severe, and worse in the morning. People often describe […]

Take care of your back! –Prevent back pain

Can we prevent back pain? The other day I watched a friend carry 2 stacked heavy cases of bottled water out of Trader Joe’s. I gasped: “Are you being unkind to your back?” Back pain is common. In fact, 80% of us experience some kind of back pain during our lifetime. We don’t have control […]

Herbal and natural supplements for arthritis

Not infrequently, once I have explained the diagnosis of arthritis, its manifestations and treatment options, a patient will ask me “what herbal or natural supplements can I use to help my condition?  Although not heavily emphasized in Western medicine, there have been several studies on the effects of herbal and natural supplements for arthritis pain. […]

8 secrets to finding a great Rheumatologist in Los Angeles

If you have ever looked for a rheumatologist in the Los Angeles area, you would know this is not a simple task. In fact, there are over 50 rheumatologists in the 15 mile radius encompassing Los Angeles. So how does one go about picking the best rheumatologist in Los Angeles? I put together a list […]

Reumofan – a wolf in sheep’s clothing

Reumofan is… Reumofan (or Reumofan Plus) has been called the miracle drug by many who have used it. Still, others believe Reumofan to be harmful. After my own patients reported their experience with this drug, I decided to take a closer look at the enigma that is Reumofan. What prompted this blog Last week I […]

Why rheumatology?

I’m often asked why I chose rheumatology. Well the answer is that I didn’t- at first. In fact during most of my internal medicine residency, I thought I was going to be a gastroenterologist.   Like any competitive GI hopeful, I worked hard on research, publications, mentoring, and even applied and interviewed for GI fellowships. […]