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Arthritis

What Can You Do to Control Arthritis Pain?

Staying active, even while staying at home, should help control arthritis pain. We also offer other possible treatments that may help.

green-lipped mussels ease arthritis pain
Arthritis

Do Green-Lipped Mussels Ease Arthritis Pain?

The research is inconclusive, but a reader reports that New Zealand green-lipped mussels ease arthritis pain for the whole family, including the dog.

A bowl of Boswellia resin, also known as frankincense
Arthritis

Boswellia Boosted Pain Relief from Glucosamine

A reader reports that boswellia boosted pain relief of fibromyalgia and plantar fasciitis when it was added to glucosamine and chondroitin.

Carol Krucoff, co-author of Relax into Yoga for Seniors, tells how to age gracefully
Aging

Show 1203: How Yoga Can Help You Age Gracefully

The right yoga practice can help you age gracefully and alleviate pain. Find out more and call in your own questions on 3/7/20..

African american man holding his arthritic knee in pain
Arthritis

Platelet-Rich Plasma: PRP Injections Helped Resolve Knee Pain

People with tendinitis, sports injuries or osteoarthritis might be intrigued by something called platelet-rich plasma or PRP injections. Is there research?

nurse using sphygmomanometer in home blood pressure measurement to determine if patient needs blood pressure medication to reduce blood pressure
Aging

Can Ginger Reduce Blood Pressure & Soothe Arthritis?

Are you struggling with hypertension? You may be able to use ginger for a double-duty effect: reduce blood pressure and ease arthritis pain in joints.

Knee prepared for PRP injection
Alternative Health

Will a PRP Injection Help Your Knee Arthritis?

A meta-analysis of 12 studies found that a PRP injection relieved pain from knee osteoarthritis. It was more effective against pain than hyaluronic acid.

grape juice with pectin, certo and grape juice
Arthritis

Is There a Better Arthritis Remedy If You Have Diabetes?

Pectin dissolved in grape juice works well to ease a reader's horrible joint pain. But grape juice has a lot of sugar. Is there a better arthritis remedy?

Cortisone shots into the knee
Arthritis

Do Steroid Injections Melt Bones and Weaken Joints?

When your knees hurt, life gets harder. Climbing stairs can be challenging. Hiking hurts. Steroid injections are tempting, but do they cause lasting damage?

Senior man with backache holds his lower back
Arthritis

Can SAM-e Help Ease Your Back Pain?

SAM-e performed as well as an NSAID drug to relieve arthritis pain in some studies. Might it help you feel better?

Cortisone shots into the knee
Arthritis

The Dark Side of Cortisone Shots: Joint Deterioration

When your knees, hips or shoulders hurt, you want rapid relief. Cortisone shots seem like a simple and fast solution. Are there risks with steroids shots?

doctor administers injection
Arthritis

Cortisone Injections Can Have Devastating Effects

People who receive cortisone injections into joints for pain relief may also experience systemic psychological side effects such as insomnia or anxiety.

spoonful of golden raisins, gin-soaked golden raisins
Arthritis

Will Gin-Soaked Golden Raisins Help Your Joint Pain?

Many readers report that eating nine gin-soaked golden raisins daily can alleviate joint pain if used for at least a month or two.

Arthritis

Corticosteroid Injections in Joints Accelerate Arthritis

Doctors frequently use corticosteroid injections into joints to ease pain and stiffness. A new review of the evidence suggests this has serious downsides.

omega 3 fats in capsules, fish oil
Arthritis

Flip Flops on Fish Oil: Omega 3 Fats Now Have Heart Benefits

Studies of supplements rich in omega 3 fats have reached conflicting conclusions. The latest analysis concludes that they reduce the risk of heart disease.

Woman rubs sore knee with special cream to fight pain
Alternative Health

Will DMSO Ease Your Aching Knees?

Some people like to apply DMSO topically for joint pain. Most of the research has focused on its use for interstitial cystitis rather than arthritis.

golden raisins and gin
Arthritis

Golden Raisins in Gin: Placebo or Powerful Arthritis Remedy?

People with arthritis are caught in a terrible bind. OTC and prescription drugs have some serious side effects. What about golden raisins in gin?

Voltaren gel
Arthritis

How Can Topical Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) Hurt Your Stomach?

Some people love topical diclofenac for sprains, strains or inflamed joints. Others find that it causes the same nasty stomach symptoms as oral NSAIDs.

drugstore shelves with over the counter (OTC) pain relief products.
Arthritis

Do You Read OTC Medication Labels? You Should!

Most people believe that nonprescription drugs are safe. That's why they may not read OTC medication labels. What if we told you OTC drugs can harm or kill?

golden milk contains turmeric and anise
Arthritis

Can Turmeric Relieve Your Aches and Pains?

Some supplements, including turmeric, can help alleviate aches and pains associated with arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis.