`Cooking' Away Joint Pain

Melinda Timberlake's shoulder began to bother her two years ago. It hurt when she played racquetball and twinged when she lifted file boxes at the Charlottesville (Va.) Treasurer's office, where she works as a revenue technician. The pain became so severe that Timberlake, 38, had trouble sleeping. "There was a constant tenderness and throbbing that went all the way down my arm," she says. After months of ineffective physical therapy, cortisone shots, and anti-inflammatory medication, Timberlake underwent a new type of arthroscopic surgery that two weeks later had her pain-free and ready to resume an active lifestyle. "I'm pretty impressed," she says.

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