If you've got rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the single best way to fight the disease is with medication. Still, as effective as RA drugs are, they can't do everything.
Several non-drug treatments out there can help you where medication can't. And exercise is at the top of the list, according to Sharon L. Kolasinski, M.D., a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. Even though the prospect of exercising may seem painful, the right kind of activity can help prevent RA-related pain and disability.
Here's a roundup of a few other therapies that may be worth a try.