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You’ve Got Options When It Comes to Your Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment

While the first lines of treatment for AS are physical therapy and exercise, sometimes you need something that packs a little more punch (a painless punch, we hope). Know your options and discuss them with your doctor.

By Stephanie Stephens

What It’s Like to Live With RA — In Germany

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live with RA in another country? Do they have better treatments? And what about health insurance? We talk to an artist who lives in Germany about whether life with RA is better — or worse — across the world.

By Emil DeAndreis

Go Ahead, Get the Massage — You Deserve it, and It’ll Help Your RA

Contrary to popular belief and concerns, massage isn’t likely going to make your RA pain worse — it’s actually known to decrease pain, as well as improve grip strength, range of motion, and general joint function. Plus, there’s that whole stress-relief and relaxation benefit.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

A Tropical, RA-Friendly Breakfast in a Bowl

Got a handful of frozen berries and some spinach that’s about to go bad? Then you’ve got breakfast! Try this rheumatoid-arthritis friendly, anti-inflammatory breakfast bowl that’s packed with protein and fresh produce.

By Emil DeAndreis

Eat This, Not That, For Ankylosing Spondylitis

While there isn’t a diet that will cure AS, there are certain things that you could be eating to help minimize your joint pain and swelling — or foods you’re eating that could be making it worse. Choose wisely.

By Carmen Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

10 Medication-Free Ways to Relieve Your Back Pain

Before you request a prescription for your back pain, consider asking your doctor about these 10 natural remedies.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Gut Bacteria: A Key to Future Psoriasis Treatment?

Gut bacteria impacts a number of health conditions. A new study leads to new possibilities for the future treatment of psoriasis.

By Tracy Davenport, Ph.D.

Medical Crowdfunding for Unproven Treatments

More than 1,000 online crowdfunding campaigns raised almost $7 million for five unproven and potentially risky medical treatments, according a study in JAMA.

By Diane Domina

Battle Back Pain With Yoga

It may seem counter-intuitive to “workout” when you have back pain, but doing these light yoga stretches can actually relieve pain and prepare your body to move around much more.

By Eileen Bailey

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