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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.

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joint pain

10 Causes of Osteoarthritis You Might Not Know

There's a whole range of factors that can increase your risk for developing OA. Make sure you know yours.

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Living With

These Hacks Promise a Better Day With Arthritis

People with arthritis share tips for battling morning stiffness and pain.

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Symptoms

9 Sneaky Conditions That Mimic RA

Diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis takes some detective work, especially because so many health problems cause similar symptoms. Our guide helps you spot the clues so you can get the treatment you need.

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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.

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Diagnosis

Is My Arthritis Pain Age-Related or Something More?

Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are not the same conditions. Know the differences so you can seek the right treatment.

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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.

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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.

Senior woman with osteoarthritis of the knee.
Medication

Knee Arthritis Pain Meds May Not Really Work

Researchers analyzed the results of 47 randomized clinical trials and found uncertainty about the long-term effectiveness of osteoarthritis treatments.

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Knees

Whole-Body Massage: A Surprising Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis

People with knee arthritis who had weekly whole-body massages for two months experienced significant easing of pain and improvement in mobility.

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Symptoms

Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Learn about the causes, age range, and joint pain that set these two conditions apart — and the medications you should be taking for each.

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.