Arthritis & Joints


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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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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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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Alternative Treatment

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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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
wrist pain

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
knee pain

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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Can I Take Arthritis Pain Medicine with Coumadin?

Can I take pain medications if I am also taking Coumadin? The following story is fictional but is comprised from encounters with a few different patients I have seen over the years. I have changed details and combined the stories in order to compl...

By Grant Cooper, M.D.
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New Alternatives to Ankle Replacement Surgery

Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by Andrew Piasecki, M.D. There are both surgical and non-surgical alternatives to ankle replacement surgery. First line treatments for arthritis of the ankle are non-surgical methods. Several of the ...

By The HealthCentral Editorial Team
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This Game-Changing Med Can Ease Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

If you have osteoarthritis in your knees, the new PennSaid2 may be the answer for you. Here’s what it is and how you might benefit from it.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Meet the Experts

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.