Tai Chi: Worth a Try for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects approximately 5 million adults, primarily women, and appears to be more common among people with rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and the presence of "tender points" are characteristic symptoms. Physical activity improves fibromyalgia symptoms, and a study published last year in BMJ suggests that tai chi is a good…

Treated Clothing Kills Ticks that Spread Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can cause a range of symptoms, including a form of arthritis referred to as Lyme arthritis. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that an insecticide derived from chrysanthemums can help protect you from ticks that spread the disease.

Opioids: The Wrong Choice for Common Osteoarthritis Pain

Some doctors prescribe opioids for chronic muscle and joint pain associated with hip and knee osteoarthritis, despite a lack of research indicating they offer significant relief. But there's no question that overuse of these addictive drugs has contributed to a crisis of overdoses and deaths. So, are opioids worth the risk?

Learning to Live with Hand Arthritis

If you have arthritis of the hand, even the simplest tasks-such as twisting open a jar or lifting a bag of groceries-can seem nearly impossible as a result of pain, stiffness, and weakness. A bounty of new evidence has led to updated recommendations from the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) on how to manage this chronic…

Hip Osteoarthritis: Nonsurgical Treatments to Consider

Many people with hip osteoarthritis (OA) can relieve pain and improve mobility with nonsurgical therapies, according to guidelines from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Do All Forms of Obesity Increase the Risk of Knee OA?

Obesity increases the risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA), but does where you carry body fat matter?

How Much Physical Activity Is Safe for People with Arthritis?

How much exercise is safe and beneficial for people with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other common forms of the disease? An expert panel weighs in.

An Early Sign of Knee Arthritis?

Do your knees make unusual noises when you're moving? Those pops and clicks you hear coming from your knees may be the sound of arthritis beginning to take hold.

Where to Rehab After Joint Replacement Surgery

Australian researchers decided to test whether participating in an inpatient rehabilitation program after knee arthroplasty gets patients back on their feet faster. Their results may surprise you.

Fibromyalgia Relief: What Works?

People who have fibromyalgia often live with chronic widespread pain that prevents them from performing simple tasks many of us take for granted, such as sweeping the floor, taking the dog for a walk, or driving to work. The condition affects more than 3.7 million Americans; most are women between the ages of 40 and 75.…