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 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 »

December 16, 2021

Breaking News

New Calcium and Vitamin D Guidelines

Calcium and vitamin D are essential for keeping bones strong and warding off the bone-thinning condition osteoporosis. In a major new report, the Institute of Medicine has revised its guidelines for calcium and vitamin D intake, increasing the recommended daily intake of vitamin D. The report also concludes that, despite what we often hear, most Americans are getting enough calcium and vitamin D.... Read more »


Managing Morning Stiffness in RA

Waking in the morning to the sound of a blaring alarm can cause any good-natured person to get up on the wrong side of the bed. If you have RA, managing your early-morning routine may be especially challenging because of prolonged joint and muscle stiffness. Fortunately, gentle exercise can help to reduce the severity of morning stiffness.... Read more »


Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday

The holidays may be the season for decorating the Christmas tree or frying up potato latkes, but for people living with arthritis, the holidays are often also the season of increased pain. Long to-do lists, jam-packed social schedules, and the prospect of family drama can lead to flares, pain, and discomfort — but it doesn’t have to be that way.... Read more »


Strawberries Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Hosting a holiday party? Impress your guests with this classic treat — they'll never know it only took you a few minutes to prepare it. This recipe also works well with dried fruit or nuts.... Read more »

Featured Definition

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

A relaxation technique that involves tensing and relaxing the muscles of each part of the body, one part at a time. Progressive muscle relaxation helps teach you to relax in part by helping you recognize the difference between tense and relaxed muscles.... Read more »

In This Issue

Breaking News

Many People Not Getting Recommended RA Drugs

Feeling Good


Living Well With RA

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Your Heart

Featured Recipe

Sweet Roasted Almonds

Featured Definition

Omega-3 Fatty Acid

Get the latest news and tips from Arthritis Self-Management Extra, delivered to your inbox twice a month!

Sign Up For Our E-Newsletter

We're on Facebook

Become a Fan