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.

January 27, 2022

Breaking News

New Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines

Osteoporosis, which makes bones thin and prone to fracture, is a common cause of injury in older people. In an effort to help doctors detect osteoporosis early and take steps to prevent and treat it, the US Preventive Services Task Force has issued new guidelines detailing who should be screened for the condition.... Read more »


Setting Goals for Pain Management

When you think of setting a goal to help you manage your arthritis pain, you may remember all of those New Year’s resolutions you’ve made and then broken. There are only a handful of us who have ever followed through and achieved such resolutions. But take heart — it is possible to set goals that address your individual needs and circumstances and make them work for you.... Read more »


Switching Doctors

There may be a number of reasons you feel things aren't working out between you and your doctor. Perhaps you and the doctor do not communicate well, or it seems impossible to get an appointment when you need one. If you aren't happy with your medical care, you might consider at least looking around for a different doctor.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tired of the same old chicken breast recipe you turn to every week? Give your supper a tangy kick with some sweet hot chilis. You can change the type and amount of peppers to suit your taste.... Read more »

Featured Definition


Any of several types of connections between bones. Joints are classified as fixed, cartilaginous, or synovial according to their structure and movability.... Read more »

January 13, 2022

Breaking News

OA Treatment Guidelines Not Followed

A new report has found that many doctors in the United States may not be recommending exercise and weight loss to help treat their patients' osteoarthritis (OA), instead focusing on pain-relieving drugs and surgery. Exercise, weight loss, and other nondrug therapies are considered standard treatments for managing OA.... Read more »

Living Well With RA

RA and Body Image

Body image — how you see and feel about yourself in terms of your physical attributes, your attractiveness, and your ability to function — influences your relationship to yourself and to others. Because body image is such an important part of self-concept, or our mental image of ourselves, understanding and working to improve your own body image are key elements in managing your rheumatoid arthritis (RA).... Read more »

Taking Healthy Steps

Choosing a Fitness Facility

Exercise is one of the best ways to treat the symptoms of arthritis, and one good way to stick with an exercise program is to join a gym or fitness center. But most finding a gym or fitness center that suits your needs can feel like a monumental task, especially if you experience pain and decreased mobility because of arthritis. These concerns, however, can be addressed and overcome with a little know-how.... Read more »

Featured Recipe

Pasta e Fagioli

Sometimes pronounced “pasta fah-ZOOL,” this bean and pasta soup is an Italian favorite — and a perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day. Buon appetito!... Read more »

Featured Definition


An ancient Indian practice thought to help maintain health and improve focus and spirituality. A few studies show that yoga can help to decrease pain, improve mobility, and reduce stress and anxiety.... 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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