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.

February 24, 2021

Breaking News

Poor Sleep Linked to Worse Functioning in RA

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often find that they cannot get a good night's sleep. Now a new study has concluded that disturbed sleep in people with RA can exacerbate pain and reduce people's ability to function in their daily lives.... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Exercise for Painful Shoulders

The shoulder is truly an amazing joint. It can move your arms in any direction in front of you, to your sides, over your head, and even behind you. But with this versatility comes a greater risk of injury and pain. People can develop shoulder pain from all sorts of activities, including household chores, heavy lifting on the job, and recreational sports.... Read more »

Surgical Options

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

If your shoulder or elbow joints are stiff and sore, you may find it hard to get a good night’s sleep, to reach high objects, and to carry out tasks of daily living such as getting dressed. There are many ways to treat shoulder and elbow pain, but in the most serious cases, surgery may be the best option.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Corn Chowder

Feel as though winter is dragging on and on? This creamy and comforting classic is just the thing for a cold and dreary day. Buying precooked bacon makes this simple chowder even easier to prepare.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Rotator Cuff

A structure composed of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that helps to keep the joint stable. Inflammation or tearing of the rotator cuff is a common source of shoulder pain.... Read more »

February 10, 2022

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

In the past 20 years, powerful drugs have improved the prognosis for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), changing RA from a frequently disabling condition to one that can be managed effectively. A recent study, however, has found that many people are not getting these drugs, many of which are available at a low cost.... Read more »

Feeling Good


The pain, stiffness, fatigue, and lack of mobility that can accompany arthritis may prevent you from relaxing and enjoying the experience of sex, bringing added anxiety into the bedroom — and into your relationship. The situation can be difficult for your partner, too, and can result in a breakdown in communication.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

A number of studies have shown that people with RA are more likely to develop heart disease and therefore are more likely to die from it. Although the reason for this connection is not well understood, the implication for people with RA is clear: They have to take steps to reduce their risk of heart disease.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats, nuts make a nutritious snack. Next time you need a little something to tide you over between meals, try a handful of these lightly sweetened almonds.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

A type of fat, found in oily fish and in some plant-based foods, that is thought to have beneficial effects on health. Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce inflammation and lower the risk of heart disease.... Read more »

In This Issue


Antidepressant Eases OA Pain


Arthritis Self-Help: What Are My Choices?


Living (Reasonably Well) With Pain




Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Test

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