Alternative Therapies

Many people with arthritis look beyond conventional medicine for relief from pain and inflammation. This section takes a look at complementary and alternative treatments and how they can (or can’t) help.

Shoes Make a Difference

by Joseph Gustaitis

A new study presented at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting suggests shoes may help knee osteoarthritis.

Cannabis for Pain

by Joseph Gustaitis

Researchers in Israel are looking into developing an alternative method of pain relief involving cannabis—the plant from which marijuana is derived.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

by Robert S. Dinsmoor

A form of behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy focuses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behavior.


by Robert S. Dinsmoor

Corticosteroids, including cortisone, hydrocortisone and prednisone, suppress inflammation and the immune response; they are used to treat many conditions.


by Robert S. Dinsmoor

Acupuncture is thought to restore this balance. It’s a form of stimulation that increases blood flow and endorphin levels, the body’s natural painkillers.

Can Meditation Manage Pain?

by Brian Dunleavy

Researchers sought to analyze data on the effects of meditation on health-related quality of life criteria in adults with a number of common conditions.

Fibromyalgia: Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

by Joseph Gustaitis

Researchers at Rice University and in Israel conducted a study to test an unconventional treatment for fibromyalgia—the use of a hyperbaric oxygen chamber.

Dealing with Chronic Pain

by Jackson Rainer

We are a nation in pain. Pain has been identified as the most common presenting symptom for all who seek medical advice. At its best, pain is a signal that something has gone wrong and needs immediate attention. At its worst, it disables, depresses, and impairs quality of life. The degree of a person’s pain […]

Alternative Pain Therapies

by Brian Dunleavy

Jacqueline was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome (also known as tennis elbow) while working as a newspaper reporter in the early 2000s. Doctors traced her ailments to her workplace environment—like many reporters, she conducted interviews over the phone, cradling the receiver between her neck and shoulder while typing on her computer […]

5 Supplements to Manage Your Symptoms

by Frieda Wiley, PharmD, CGP, RPh

Many supplements support a healthy immune response, which ultimately can help relieve arthritis symptoms. However, so many products are available, including many different options for the same supplement, that it can be hard to make a decision. Keep reading for some sound information on five common—if not so commonly used—supplements for arthritis and to find […]

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