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Alternative Health

Will CBD Oil Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Cannabidiol has been studied for its ability to relieve joint pain in animals. Some readers think it might also help ease your arthritis pain.

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Alternative Health

Will Soap Under the Bottom Sheet Ease Foot Pain?

One reader found that keeping soap under the bottom sheet of the bed reduced the unbearable pain caused by tarsal tunnel syndrome.

Voltaren gel
Arthritis

OTC Voltaren Gel Is Now Available in the U.S.

Did you know that the FDA has approved the sale of OTC Voltaren Gel in the US? What are the pros and cons of taking this NSAID without a doctor's oversight?

Cortisone shots into the knee
Arthritis

How Does Physical Therapy Compare With Steroid Shots?

A randomized study found that physical therapy resulted in more lasting improvement for people with knee osteoarthritis than steroid shots into the joint.

grilled fish and vegetables are part of best diet for arthritis
Arthritis

What Is the Best Diet for Arthritis Pain?

A diet with lots of vegetables, fish and whole grains is the best diet for arthritis. The comparison is a Western diet with lots of processed foods.

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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?

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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.