Arthritis Self-Management Extra Archive

Welcome to Arthritis Self-Management Extra, your source of breaking news and authoritative information about the more than 100 types of arthritis and arthritis-related conditions. Every other week, we bring you the practical information you need to manage your arthritis and improve your overall health and well-being.

July 28, 2021

Breaking News

Man With RA Climbs Mount Everest

Proving that nothing is impossible for people with arthritis, Jeffrey Gottfurcht, who has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for 10 years, recently climbed Mount Everest.... Read more »

In Charge of Your Health

Low Back Pain

Almost everyone has low back pain at some point — it is one of the most common afflictions the world over. The pain can have several causes, including muscle strains and spasms, herniated disks, and osteoarthritis, and each may require its own treatment.... Read more »

Your Treatment Options

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar spinal stenosis, which commonly affects people older than 60, occurs when a spinal nerve is constricted in the lower back. But the pain and numbness it causes can occur anywhere from the back down to the feet. Treatments include physical activity, pain-relieving drugs, and surgery.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Vegetable Lasagna

Most lasagnas are noodles, cheese, and sauce — and little else. This one adds some red and green peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms for a healthier meal.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Lumbar Spine

The part of the spine that is in the lower back. The lumbar spine is a frequent site of arthritis pain.... Read more »

July 14, 2021

Breaking News

Health Care in the News

In two recent health-care developments, Medicare is highlighting the many free preventive screenings it offers, and the federal government is making it easier to join some high-risk insurance pools.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

When Arthritis Affects Your Relationship

Staying together is a challenge for many couples, but a chronic illness can make it even tougher. Arthritis often brings physical, emotional, and financial demands that can drive couples apart. Good communication and coping skills are essential for maintaining a strong and loving relationship.... Read more »

Self-Management Strategies

Good Communication: Techniques for Success

Because the effects of arthritis are often invisible, it is important to be clear with friends and family members, letting them know how you feel, what you need, and what you are able (and unable) to do. As we all know, this isn’t always easy, but a few basic techniques can help you improve your communication skills.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Blueberry Cobbler

In midsummer, blueberries are at their best. Pick up a few pints at your local market and enjoy this classic treat — a delicious blueberry cobbler that's quick and easy to prepare.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Hemochromatosis

A common inherited disorder characterized by the excessive absorption and storage of iron in the body. Hemochromatosis may produce symptoms similar to those of arthritis.... Read more »

In This Issue

Breaking News

Man With RA Climbs Mount Everest

In Charge of Your Health

Low Back Pain

Your Treatment Options

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Featured Recipe

Vegetable Lasagna

Featured Definition

Lumbar Spine

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