Whether it appears as a little bit of creaky stiffness in the hip or knee or as a major case of inflammation that settles in several joints, arthritis is an unwelcome visitor that knocks on just about everybody's door sooner or later. Although there is currently no out-and-out cure for arthritis, there are many techniques for "managing" this disease--that is, controlling its symptoms so that you can get on with your life
"Arthritis For Dummies" is a book for both the millions who suffer from chronic joint conditions classified under arthritis, as well as family members and friends of arthritis sufferers who want to offer support and help. The bestselling author of "The Arthritis Cure, " Dr. Barry Fox, along with healthcare professionals Nadine Taylor and Jinoos Yazdany, have updated this friendly, hands-on guide to give you the latest information available on: The different types of arthritis Diagnosing the condition Alleviating your symptoms and minimizing pain The latest treatments and therapies Living day-to-day with arthritis and improving your lifestyle
This friendly guide features expert advice on finding a doctor that's right for you and walks you through the latest medications, diagnostic procedures, surgical advances, and dietary findings to help you manage arthritis, slow down its progression, and enjoy life to the fullest. You get diet, exercise, and self-care regimens designed to protect and soothe your joints, as well as the latest on: Keeping your joints in shape Spotting warning signs Evaluating conventional and alternative treatments Making positive lifestyle changes Dealing with chronic pain Exercising away your stiffness Coping with stress, anger, and depression
Complete with tips on traveling with arthritis, saving money on prescriptions, and managing your weight safely, "Arthritis For Dummies" is your must-have guide to controlling your symptoms, finding lasting relief, and enjoying life to the fullest
Part I: Getting a Grip on Types of Arthritis.
Chapter 1: What Is Arthritis?
Chapter 2: Osteoarthritis: The Most Common Form.
Chapter 3: A War Within: Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Chapter 4: Investigating Other Forms of Arthritis.
Chapter 5: Exploring Other Conditions Linked to Arthritis.
Part II: Tests and Treatments: What to Expect from Your Doctor.
Chapter 6: Your Doctor and You: Allies Against Arthritis.
Chapter 7: Judging Joint Health with Low- and High-Tech Tests.
Chapter 8: From Aspirin to Steroids: Medicines for Arthritis.
Chapter 9: Cuts That Cure: Surgeries for Arthritis.
Chapter 10: Overcoming the Ouch: Strategies for Pain Management.
Part III: The Arthritis Lifestyle Strategy.
Chapter 11: Fighting the Pain with Foods and Supplements.
Chapter 12: Oiling Your Joints with Exercise.
Chapter 13: The Right Stride and Other Ways to Protect Your Joints.
Chapter 14: Controlling Your Stress, Aggression, and Depression.
Chapter 15: Day-to-Day Living with Arthritis.
Part IV: Is Alternative Medicine for You?
Chapter 16: Exploring Alternative Medicine.
Chapter 17: Discovering Herbs and Homeopathy.
Chapter 18: Hands-On Healing Methods.
Chapter 19: Other Alternative Approaches.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Traveling with Arthritis.
Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Save on Prescriptions.
Chapter 22: Ten Professionals Who Can Help You Fight Arthritis.
Chapter 23: Ten Crackerjack New Treatments.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Glossary.
Appendix B: Resources.
Appendix C: Weight Loss and Management Guide.