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Legalizing Marijuana Isn't Risk-Free

While pot does have some proven medical benefits, especially when it comes to pain, legalization may have some unintended negative consequences.

CBD oils, hemp seeds and leaves.

Taking CBD Oil for RA

CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, and it's an increasingly popular alternative treatment for people with chronic pain from RA.

Kratom pill bottle and kratom capsules on a nightstand.

The Great Kratom Controversy

Is kratom a natural a dietary supplement with pain-relieving properties — or is it an addictive drug?

A runner stretches his back on the track.

10 Best Exercises for Back Pain

As long as your doctor says it’s OK, doing these exercises for back pain may actually help relieve your symptoms — building core strength is the key.

Cooking healthy food to help ankylosing spondylitis.

How Diet Can Help Ankylosing Spondylitis

Diet can't cure AS, but there are foods you can eat to help minimize your joint pain and swelling — and some that can make it worse. Choose wisely.

Red pepper capsaicin cream can help back pain.

10 Natural Ways to Relieve Your Back Pain

Before you request a prescription for your back pain, consider asking your doctor about these natural remedies.

Yoga instructor helping people in yoga class do bridge pose on mats.

Battle Back Pain With These Yoga Poses

It may seem counter-intuitive to “work out” when you have back pain, but doing these light yoga stretches can actually relieve back pain.

Acupuncture treatment.

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).

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and marijuana leaves, alternative treatment for RA pain.

30 Days of CBD Oil for RA Pain

Our resident “try it” guy, Emil DeAndreis, took CBD oil for 30-days to see if it would help his rheumatoid arthritis pain. Find out what happened.

Pain specialist examining the knee of a patient with arthritis pain.

Seeing a Pain Specialist for RA

Treating rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t begin and stop with a rheumatologist. A pain specialist is also an important part of your care team.