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Arthritis & Joints

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis that can affect your knees, hands, lower back, hips, and more. Find out about prevention, symptoms, and treatment for this incurable condition.

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Treatment

8 Exercises for Hand Arthritis

Exercises for hand arthritis can help improve your range of motion and strengthen your muscles. Here are 8 to try.

By HealthAfter50

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11 Facts About Osteoarthritis Everyone Should Know

Here's why it happens, who's at risk, the only way to "fix" it, and more essential info on this degenerative joint disease.

By Amy Marturana Winderl
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Your Top OA Treatment Questions, Answered

Living with OA doesn't have to mean living with pain. Start here to get expert answers to 11 common OA treatment questions.

By Amy Marturana Winderl
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Complications

Rethink Steroid Shots When Your Joint's 'Out of Joint'

Before you rush out to get that corticosteroid injection for your throbbing knee, consider this—a new study says it may do more harm than good.

By Stephanie Stephens
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What Every Arthritis Patient Needs to Know About Cannabis

For people with arthritis pain, medical marijuana can bring relief without the side effects caused by traditional treatments. But it’s still not legal everywhere—yet.

By Meirav Devash
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Fitness

5 Best Exercises for Joint Pain

Joint pain can get in the way of people with rheumatologic conditions being able to move around and live normally. The simple exercises described by physical therapists here can be the key to getting relief – and back in the game.

By K. Aleisha Fetters
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Yes! Moving More Can Ease Osteoarthritis Pain

Strength training, cardio, and other movements can improve your knee pain with osteoarthritis. Here’s how to do it safely.

By Jerilyn Covert
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Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis? How to Tell

These diseases share some common traits, but different origins. Learn more about what makes them unique.

By Jerilyn Covert
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What Is Osteoarthritis?

In short, it’s joint damage. But there’s so much more to this most common form of arthritis.

By Jerilyn Covert
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How to Get Through Your Day With Osteoarthritis

Tips for managing osteo pain and symptoms at work and at play.

By Lara DeSanto
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Ask the Expert: Does Stair Climbing Help My Osteoarthritis?

Q: I have been diagnosed with degenerative joint disease. I understand this is the same as osteoarthritis. It is primarily in my hips and knees. I am considering going into an upper flat. Is stair climbing beneficial or detrimental to the OA? A: Oste...

By Jonathan Krant, M.D.

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Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.
Health Writer

Since 2004, Dr. Davenport has shared her passion for health and knowledge of the psycho-social aspects of chronic diseases with the HealthCentral community.