Learn to manage arthritis

The federal Center for Disease Control estimates that upward of 52 million American adults, and almost 300,000 children have one of the several forms of arthritis. Your neighborhood library may be able to help. 

The library collections include books on many different approaches to relieving arthritis pain, but I’d like to point out here two good basic resources about arthritis. Your librarian can help you get the facts you need to make the right decisions for your health. 

Mayo Clinic on Arthritis 

Conquering the Pain and Leading an Active Life 

Edited by Gene Hunder 

Adult Non-Fiction 616.722 Ma 

This soft cover book provides what you need to know to manage arthritis and live a more active, productive and comfortable life. Learn how arthritis works including a glossary of arthritis terms. 

Get an overview of the latest medical and alternative treatments and reference a detailed medication guide. 

There are sections on self-care for pain and stiffness, tips on protecting joints, and illustrated exercises to help keep fit. 

The book also covers arthritis in the workplace and how to enjoy travel and recreation. 

Alternative Treatments for Arthritis 

An A to Z Guide 

By Dorothy Foltz-Gray 

Adult Non-Fiction 616.722 Fo 

Explore more than 100 natural treatments for arthritis including glucosamine, chondroitin, boswellia, SAM-e, shark cartilage, acupuncture, reiki, chiropractic and more. 

How do you know which natural treatments work…and which are a waste of time and money? 

This book helps you check the scientific evidence about the treatments and learn about possible safety concerns and possible side effects of those treatments. 

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Carolyn Larson is branch manager at the Lihue Public Library. 

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