Welcome to the CreakyVAULT! Here you will find video highlights of the CreakyJoints mission since we began “bringing arthritis to its knees” in 1999. There is a wide range of archival material we’ve dusted off (cough, cough), in some cases, restored and in all cases, available with closed-captioning so that we can share them with you, including interviews focusing on challenges and celebrations of milestone events in the CJ community.


Please press the arrow to play the video and use the “cc” feature to watch with closed-captioning provided by YouTube. It’s a little “creaky” but you’ll get the picture, so to speak.




Rheumatoid Arthritis: How to be a better patient

Originally published August 31, 2001

At CreakyJoints, we have long advocated partnering with your doctor(s) to get the care you need. In this video, we talk to two physicians, a psychologist, and a physical therapist to get their take on how to build a successful relationship with your healthcare provider. This is part of a series CreakyJoints Co-founders Seth Ginsberg and Louis Tharp produced in 2011 with advice that stands the test of time.



Fail First is not good for your mental health, either

Originally published October 24, 2012

“Fail First” — also known as “Step Therapy” — is an approach used by insurance companies to prescribe drugs starting with the least expensive, not necessarily what the doctor prescribes. Health Psychologist Dr. Laurie Ferguson talks about the emotional impact this controversial policy has on patients. No insurance company should come between you and your doctor.

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Got Gout? Find out with Jim Belushi and Dr. Jonathan Krant, CJ Medical Director

Originally published   May 22, 2013

Gout is a form of arthritis associated with a sudden, severe attack of burning, stiffness, redness and swelling, usually in the big toe and usually among men. However, sometimes it just runs in the family. That’s the case for comedic actor Jim Belushi who leads this roundtable discussion about gout, nicknamed the “disease of kings” because of its historical association with consuming too much rich food and alcohol. Dr. Jonathan Krant, CJ Medical Director, participates in this group chat, videotaped and released to coincide with Gout Awareness Day.



Seth Ginsberg joins CJ member in fighting for drug access in North Dakota

Published April 24, 2012

Longtime Rheumatoid Arthritis patient and CreakyJoints member Brenda Kleinsasser gets tremendous relief from her symptoms by using a biologic but worries that insurance companies or Medicare/Medicaid might come between her and her doctor in choosing what’s “right” for her. Seth Ginsberg, Co-founder of the Global Healthy Living Foundation and CreakyJoints, traveled to North Dakota to help Kleinsasser take up the issue with the staff of her state’s congressional delegation. NOTE: The Global Healthy Living Foundation and CreakyJoints do not promote any specific drug or method of treatment.


CreakyJoints gives a shout out to our nurses!

Originally published November 18, 2008

This is our virtual hug to the rheumatology nurses who are so critical to our care. Bridget, an RA patient, raves about her nurses in this timeless interview. Nurses are the ones who check in on us during an infusion, or call in a refill to the pharmacy because we forgot. Oops. Thank them for all they do from ALL of us!


2008 Arthritis Physician of the Year Dr Stephen Paget

Originally published March 31, 2008

CreakyJoints honors Dr. Stephen Paget, rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City as 2008 Arthritis Physician of the Year. Dr. Paget works tirelessly toward a brighter, less “creaky” future for all of us! This event was held at the legendary Friars Club in New York City, home to comedy toasts and roasts. Watch Seth Ginsberg, CreakyJoints co-founder and Friars Club member, with his perfect comedy timing.


Seth named ‘NY’er of the Weekfor helping the arthritis community

Originally broadcast, November 24, 2008

Seth Ginsberg, co-founder of CreakyJoints, is honored as ‘NY’er of the week!


Yo, Matt Iseman, thanks for the CreakyJoints shout out!

Originally broadcast October 15, 2013

Matt Iseman who traded in his doctor’s stethoscope for a life on the comedy circuit, says it took a year and half to get a correct diagnosis for his Rheumatoid Arthritis! Seriously. Matt has found humor in his experience and this stand-up comic sits down for an interview with KCAL-TV, CBS Los Angeles. CreakyJoints was mentioned four times. We counted.


Two funny guys on chronic illness

Originally uploaded November 14, 2013

Doctor-turned-comedian Matt Iseman, who battles rheumatoid arthritis, and CreakyJoints co-founder and humorist Seth Ginsberg, a spondyloarthropathy patient, video chat and riff about life with chronic illness—”hey man, why do you wear clogs?”—while also answering questions from the CreakyJoints community including the often-asked “Matt, will you marry me?” A mix of arthritic-to-arthritic dark humor that gets as hysterically funny as it does poignant and includes a cameo by everyone’s favorite bichon-shitzu mix, otherwise known as Seth’s dog, Little Dude.


Welcome to CreakyJoints, the video

Originally published October 1, 2008


Here’s an oldie but goodie, our introductory video that shows what CreakyJoints was doing “back in the day.” It also shows how far we’ve come, how the community has grown but how the mission remains the same. The music is kinda groovy, too.


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