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Acupuncture for Veterans: Treatment Increasingly Common at VA Facilities

Veterans in need of relief for chronic pain increasingly are finding acupuncture available as a treatment option throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

By Karen Gaudette Brewer

Before You Take CBD Oil for RA, Here’s What You Need to Know

CBD oil, created from the cannabis plant, is an increasingly popular alternative treatment for those in the chronic pain community. But before you “dig in,” you should probably know whether it’s legal — and safe.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

30 Days of CBD Oil for Pain

Our resident “tries it” guy, Emil DeAndreis, took CBD oil for 30-days to see if it would help his RA pain. Sure, he was hesitant, but after 38-days of using CBD oil he was able to ween back on his RA meds.

By Emil DeAndreis

Do You Have a Pain Specialist in Addition to Your Rheumatologist?

In case you didn't already know, RA is a complex condition that can benefit from a team approach. Meaning, you need a rheumatologist to treat your RA, and a pain specialist to treat your pain. Here's why.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Dealing with Foot Pain

If your foot pain is more than soreness from normal wear and tear, it’s time to create a treatment plan. Here's what you need to know.

By Celeste Cooper, RN

Do You Have Opioid-Use Disorder?

What used to be defined as “opioid addiction” has now been classified as “opioid-use disorder,” a formal mental health disorder. Find out if you fall within the 11 criteria that help to determine if you have opioid-use disorder — and how to get help.

By Stephanie Stephens

Breaking the RA Pain Cycle — With Your Mind

It may seem silly — or impossible — but just as you trained your brain to know how to walk, or drive a car, you can also train your brain to push past the pain of your RA.

By Marianna Paulson, B.Ed., B.P.E.-O.R.

The Upsides and Downsides of Inversion Therapy

Are you thinking about trying inversion therapy? Or maybe you have never heard of inversion therapy? Then please keep reading because you need to know the upsides and the downsides of turning your body upside down. Methods of inverting the body have ...

By Christina Lasich, MD

Change Your Diet, Change Your Life With RA

If you’re looking for ways to control the inflammation that has taken over your body from RA, diet may be at the top of the list.

By Cathy Kramer

'Motion is Lotion' for Bodies in Chronic Pain

A safer alternative to opioids — and one that can be just effective, believe it or not — is physical therapy.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.