Arthritis Or Carpal Tunnel?

carpal-tunnelWe rely on our hands for so many daily activities, whether working, driving or cooking. Hand pain stemming from arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other causes can be debilitating if not treated. Fortunately, there are many treatments available.

Arthritis is a very common cause of hand and wrist pain, says Dr. Ryan Riel, a Multi-Care orthopedic surgeon specializing in the hands. People can try to manage symptoms through resting and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication, he says, “but if symptoms persist, [patients] usually come in.”

Arthritis is more common in women over 50 and men 65 and up, according to Dr. Ian Lawson, also a MultiCare orthopedic surgeon and hand specialist. He says there are many options to consider—from injections, bracing and creams, all the way up to small joint replacement and reconstruction.

Says Riel: “We try to treat conditions conservatively at first. If surgery is called for, it will involve several weeks or months of hand therapy to regain full function. People are thrilled to get their full function back.”

Carpal tunnel syndrome
Wrist pain is less common than hand pain, according to Lawson. He says it tends to occur with younger people who do production work that requires repetitive motions.

Symptoms include numbness, pain and loss of motion. The pain can even interfere with sleeping. Lawson says it can usually be diagnosed from taking a history or doing an X-ray or nerve conduction studies.

Carpal tunnel can be treated with splints, cortisone shots or anti-inflammatory medicines. “If surgery is required, carpal tunnel release is a quick, simple and successful surgery,” says Lawson. “After this surgery you can do most things right away, which makes people very happy.”


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Spotlight: Audra McDonald

audraThis fall Broadway Center for the Performing Arts welcomes Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Audra McDonald to the stage for a performance you will not want to miss. Both a gifted actress and singer with a stellar soprano voice, McDonald has dazzled on Broadway and television alike. We caught up with the dynamic star to find out more about what makes her shine.

I look to the great women who came before me, including Ruby Dee, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Maya Angelou and Diahann Carroll. Zoe Caldwell is also a huge inspiration. I learned so much from her when we worked together in a Master Class. She is my friend and mentor and I always look to her for advice.

There’s nothing quite like the experience of live performance-there’s a visceral thrill that you can’t get anywhere else. You get a kind of immediate feedback when performing in front of a live audience that you don’t get shooting for television or film. I’m most fulfilled when I feel like there’s been a connection with the audience- something shared, something learned and something received. I want people to feel like they are in my living room and vice versa.

I am constantly trying to evolve and become a better actress, so I am always learning from my past characters.

My daughter, Zoe, is by far my most gratifying accomplishment. As for my career, singing and acting were my passions as a kid and I just wanted to be on the Broadway stage. Everything that has happened since my Broadway debut has totally surpassed my dreams.

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Agave Cocina & Cantina

agaveIf you are a lover of Mexican food, prepare to have your expectations exceeded. Agave Cocina and Cantina recently opened at Kent Station, bringing to the South Sound its unique atmosphere and cuisine made popular in Redmond. Founder Julian Ramos has been thrilled with the reception of local residents and shoppers to the new location. While Kent Station offers a range of dining options, it had lacked an authentic dine-in Mexican establishment. Now, he says, “our guests can enjoy Agave’s food and hand-picked sipping tequila selection in a strikingly distinctive setting.”

The menu is more than your average rice and bean platters. Agave boasts a fusion of cuisine from Mexico and Central and South America. All menu items are made from scratch with fresh ingredients, most locally sourced. Ramos uses organic and free-range meats whenever possible. Specialty cocktails are a happy hour favorite along with margaritas made from scratch using fresh fruit and lime combinations.

Options are abundant and Agave takes great care to cater to all dietary needs. Whether you prefer gluten free, vegetarian or vegan, there is no shortage of choices that will leave you feeling satisfied. Steering clear of preservatives is a high priority at Agave, and lard also is not used when preparing dishes.
The restaurant space mimics a rustic cantina with high ceilings and steel beams. Seating in both the bar and restaurant is ample along with two outdoor patios for use during the warmer months. Most of the décor throughout the space was acquired by Ramos from San Cayetano, Mexico, further adding to the restaurant’s authentic feel.

If you are looking to expand your palate beyond the flavors we think we know as south of the border, stop by Agave Cocina and Cantina and prepare to be amazed!


Agave Cocina and Cantina
504 Ramsay Way, Kent

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Ricardo’s Restaurant

ricardosBorn and raised in Lacey, Rick Nelson first acquired his passion for food while bussing tables at his grandfather’s beloved local pizza parlor, Dirty Dave’s. The Timberline High School grad developed foodie traction at the Olympia Farmers Market. This was followed by stints as sous chef at Genoa’s on the Bay and at the iconic Italian hub, Mama Stortini’s. Partnering with his mother in 2003, he opened the pasta restaurant Ricardo’s. Its cozy, casual ambiance attracted a broad fan base and has progressed into one of the Puget Sound area’s most highly regarded steakhouses.

For both first and longtime diners, the entire experience—from relaxing atmosphere, to edgy original tastes and top-notch ingredients, to first-rate, friendly service—is simply brilliant.

Guests will find a happy hour menu from 5 to 6:30 p.m., with popular bites like Ricardo Sliders with blue cheese and tomatoes, jumbo mesquite-grilled prawns, and prime rib dips. A savvy choice of area wines and brews and specialty drinks like the ginger-infused Perfect Redhead complete the happy hour options.

For dinner, the restaurant’s specialty dry-aged beef cuts plus selections such as truffle chicken, peppered ahi tuna, mesquite-grilled lamb rack on gremolata-crusted polenta, and fresh, buttery breadcrumb-topped Dungeness crab mac and cheese invite culinary experimentation.

Taunting desserts—gooey chocolate “Not Soufflé,” the vanilla bean-infused root beer float, tangy cheesecake, fresh wild berry crisp, and mini-bites of tiramisu, crème brûlée, chocolates and sorbets—live up to all expectations. And portions are ample enough for sharing.

This fall the restaurant will be expanding to a new location to meet the needs of its ever-growing fan base in the South Sound. Meat lovers need only make reservations to experience Ricardo’s themselves.


Ricardo’s Restaurant
5211 Lacey Blvd SE, Lacey

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Wheels & Heels Gala

wheels-heels2Kentucky Derby, A Celebration of Horsepower, brought together over 300 distinguished guests to enjoy the annual gala at LeMay – America’s Car Museum. Guests enjoyed mint juleps, a barbershop quartet, derby hat contest, live bluegrass music and an unforgettable fireworks display. ACM presented its Nicola Bulgari Award to Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, for his outstanding contributions to preserve America’s automotive heritage. Supporters raised more than $570,000 in support of ACM’s commitment to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile, through museum support and educational programs.

Fall 2015



Wheels & Heels Gala
Corks & Crush
Spotlight: Audra McDonald
Rolf’s Import Auto Service
Fall Theater Preview


Agave Cocina & Cantina
Ricardo’s Restaurant

Design & Style

Northlight Interiors
Ledger Square Law
Fashion Forward – Day To Night For Fall


Northwest Favorites Make For A Chic Culinary Experience


Arthritis or Carpal Tunnel?