Arthritis Management News

The term "arthritis" can refer to more than 100 different health conditions. But, the conditions are similar in that they all can have a negative impact on the joints and affect the ability of the body to move easily. However, people can take a number of steps to manage the disease and live a healthy life, even with arthritis. Often, the steps required for managing arthritis involve a combination of modern medicine and self-help strategies.

Self-Help for Arthritis

When it comes to managing arthritis, research has shown that regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight are both important goals. Exercise reduces the inflammation in the body that leads to arthritis pain and other conditions. Regular exercise, along with a healthy diet, can help reduce weight, which in turn puts less pressure on the joints of the body. Any exercise is good, and even something as simple as walking can provide a lot of benefit.

People can also manage arthritis themselves every day with some simple strategies to prevent arthritis pain. There are a number of ways to do this, including not wearing high heels, practicing good posture and alternating between sitting and standing throughout the day. Supplements such as glucosamine and fish oil may also help with arthritis pain, though it’s best to ask a health care provider about these.

Treatment of Arthritis

Though self-help strategies are definitely valuable in arthritis management, working closely with a doctor is another key to living a healthy life with arthritis. A variety of medications can help with arthritis pain. In some cases, splints, braces and other assistive devices can reduce pain and help with movement of the joints, but other people may need surgery to alleviate pain long-term. Physical therapy and occupational therapy have also been helpful strategies for many people dealing with arthritis pain.

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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11/8/2017
10/31/2017
10/18/2017
Arthritis Can Strike Children

In these young patients, joint inflammation caused by overactive immune system

8/14/2017
Skeletons Give Clues to Americans' Rising Arthritis Rates

Study suggests reasons for pained knees go beyond the usual suspects -- obesity and aging

6/23/2017
Fish Eaters Report Less Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Study suggests most fish may play role in controlling symptoms

5/24/2017
Studies Spotlight Diet, Supplements for Knee Pain

Could fiber or chondroitin ease arthritis?

5/16/2017
Forget Steroid Shots for Long-Term Relief of Arthritic Knees

Noticeable cartilage loss detected in patients injected over 2 years, study says

4/25/2017
Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study found less disability, lower risk of early death

4/10/2017
Obesity May Make Rheumatoid Arthritis Tough to Spot, Track

Inflammation from excess weight could lead doctors to think disease is worse in women than it is, study finds

3/7/2017
1 in 4 U.S. Adults Disabled by Arthritis: CDC

Agency recommends exercise, not opioids, to control pain, stiffness

1/31/2017
Even a Little Exercise Can Help With Arthritis, Study Says

Just 45 minutes a week was related to better physical functioning among older adults

11/14/2016
Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs: Study

Researchers found more complications, such as bleeding, for the pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen

9/27/2016
Nanoparticles Ease Aching Joints in Mice

Treatment might one day help fight inflammation in human arthritis, scientists suggest

7/20/2016
New Treatments Helping Kids With Juvenile Arthritis

Several biologics have been approved by the FDA for use with certain forms of the disease

6/24/2016
New Treatment Shows Promise for Crippling Knee Arthritis

Small study found single shot of patient's own stem cells improved pain, mobility

3/18/2016
Acetaminophen Won't Help Arthritis Pain, Study Finds

Prescription diclofenac a more effective choice for short-term pain relief, researchers say

3/8/2016
Vitamin D a No Go for Arthritic Knees, Study Finds

Supplements didn't slow disease progression or ease pain, even in patients with low levels of the vitamin

11/3/2015
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

Heart, respiratory problems were main contributors to early death, researchers found

8/28/2015
Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Only association was seen, and older women shouldn't take the pill to treat symptoms, experts say

6/4/2015
Study Shows Arthritis' Toll on Work, Social Life

Joint disease plus other chronic health conditions may keep up to one-third affected out of workplace

2/10/2015
Smokers May Get Less Benefit From Drugs for Arthritic Back Pain

Swiss study authors say inflammation or a lack of oxygen among possible reasons

1/6/2015
Knee Arthritis Drugs Beat Placebos, but Study Finds No Clear Winner

Injections were rated slightly more effective at fighting pain than pills

11/17/2014
Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis

Study showed greater improvements in pain, stiffness and function when added to routine care

11/5/2014
Lower Doses of Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs May Work for Some

Study found many patients with early stage disease stayed in remission with less medication

11/5/2014
Certain Painkillers Tied to Raised Risk of Death After Stroke

Celebrex and other COX-2 inhibitors should be prescribed with care, experts say

9/3/2014
Many Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients May Skip Meds: Study

This could lead to worsening of symptoms, researchers say

6/12/2014
Can 6,000 Steps a Day Keep Knee Arthritis at Bay?

Study links one hour of walking daily with improved mobility

6/11/2014
Drug Shows Promise Against Arthritis Common in People with Psoriasis

New medication improved skin condition, lessened swelling, study finds

5/21/2014
Physical Therapy May Not Improve Hip Arthritis, Study Finds

But, other experts say certain people will see a benefit from physical therapy

3/11/2014
Knee Pain May Not Be Helped by Glucosamine

Popular supplement did not reduce cartilage damage or improve joint function in study

12/3/2013
Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients See Big Boost in Quality of Life

Dutch study found substantial drops in anxiety, depression and disability over 2 decades

10/28/2013
Exercise May Make Life Better for Those With Arthritis

Meeting national physical activity guidelines could add up to 20 days of good health in one year

10/28/2013
Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis Early May Cut Damaging Effects

Study suggests that delaying treatment leads to more joint inflammation, disability down the road

9/24/2013
10 Percent Weight Loss May Relieve Arthritic Knee Pain

Biggest improvement seen with diet-exercise combo in 18-month study of older, overweight adults

6/21/2013
Knee Replacement Often Beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Study

Patients did as well as those with osteoarthritis, but same did not hold true for hip replacement

6/12/2013
Standard Rheumatoid Arthritis Therapy as Good as Costlier Newcomer: Study

Biologic drug Enbrel wasn't better for patients who didn't respond to methotrexate alone

3/11/2013
Health Tip: Protect Your Hips From Arthritis Damage

Slow the progression of hip arthritis

12/19/2012
Drugs Hold Promise for Severe Juvenile Arthritis Patients

Children's pain, fever, rash reduced in two studies, but questions remain

11/6/2012
Keep Moving to Ease Pain of Knee Arthritis: Review

Researchers found aerobic, water exercise reduced pain, boosted function in patients

6/12/2012
Knee Injections for Arthritis? Save Your Money, Study Says

Hyaluronic acid has little effect on pain, none on function, new review states

5/31/2012
For Juvenile Arthritis, Pill May Work as Well as Needle

German study finds methotrexate given orally had similar effects as via injection

5/1/2012
Arthritis in Children Linked to Infections

Limiting steroids when possible may help to lower infection risk, researchers say

4/9/2012
Gastro Woes Often Strike Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

Complications can include ulcers, bleeding, study finds

4/5/2012
Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis Early and Aggressively: Guidelines

Intensive treatment from outset can help preserve quality of life, rheumatologists' group says

3/28/2012
Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Who Quit Statins May Face Raised Death Risk

Cardiovascular disease very common among these patients, experts note

3/12/2012
FDA Panel Recommends Second Chance for New Class of Painkillers

Trials halted in 2010 after some taking the drugs may have overworked damaged knees, needed surgery

3/9/2012
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Raise Risk of Heart Rhythm Disorder

Atrial fibrillation is a common problem that increases the risk of stroke

12/20/2011
Mindfulness Training May Help Arthritis Patients Cope

Small study found those who used it were less tired, stressed

9/28/2011
TNF Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis Boosts Skin Cancer Risk

But review also finds the drugs don't heighten risks for other cancers

5/17/2011
Tai Chi Prevents Falls, Boosts Mental Health in Seniors: Study

But the gentle form of exercise doesn't relieve symptoms of cancer, arthritis, researchers find