"Arthritis For Dummies" is a book for the millions who suffer from chronic joint conditions classified under arthritis looking for lasting relief. It's a friendly, hands-on guide that gives the latest information available on the many techniques for managing the disease and controlling the symptoms so that arthritis sufferers can get on with life. It features expert advice to help readers manage arthritis, slow down its progression, and enjoy life to the full. It includes diet, exercise, and self-care advice designed to protect and soothe joints, as well as the latest on coping with stress, anger and depression and making positive lifestyle changes. Topics covered include: The different types of arthritis; Diagnosing the condition; Alleviating symptoms and minimizing pain; Eating to beat arthritis; Both conventional and drug free ways of managing the condition; and, Living day-to-day with arthritis and improving lifestyle.
Introduction. Part I: Getting a Grip on Types of Arthritis. Chapter 1: Looking at Arthritis Basics. Chapter 2: Osteoarthritis, the Most Common Form. Chapter 3: Fighting 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. 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: Is Complementary Medicine for You? Chapter 11: Exploring Complementary Medicine. Chapter 12: Discovering Herbs and Homeopathy. Chapter 13: Making the Most of Hands-On Healing Methods. Chapter 14: Other Complementary Approaches. Part IV: The Arthritis Lifestyle Strategy. Chapter 15: Fighting the Pain with Foods and Supplements. Chapter 16: Oiling Your Joints with Exercise. Chapter 17: Protecting Your Joints through Good Posture and Movement. Chapter 18: Controlling Your Stress, Aggression, and Depression. Chapter 19: Living with Arthritis Day-to-Day. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Travelling with Arthritis. Chapter 21: Ten Drug-Free Ways to Reduce Pain and Stiffness. 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. Index.