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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (March 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592401643
  • ASIN: B000NA1Y20
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a result of our aging and active population, the incidence of osteoarthritis will dramatically increase over the next decade. Arthritis Rx will provide the necessary and practical tools for people who wish to take charge and live full, active lives. (Laura Robbins, chair, Arthritis Foundation)

A superb collection of practical information and advice for the patient with arthritis. (Alan Gibofsky, M.D., former president of the American College of Rheumatology) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

"As a result of our aging and active population, the incidence of osteoarthritis will dramatically increase over the next decade. Arthritis Rx will provide the necessary and practical tools for people who wish to take charge and live full, active lives."
—Laura Robbins, Chair, Arthritis Foundation

Acclaim for Back Rx: "After three months, the results have been striking: Eighty percent . . . reported that their pain was reduced by at least half."
—THE WALL STREET JOURNAL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Dr. Vijay Vad is the founder of Vad Scientific LLC, a biotech company that specializes in cartilage repair for arthritis and back pain using stem cells. He is the author of Back Rx, which was named The Wall Street Journal's favorite health book of the year in 2004. He has authored two national PBS television specials: "Stop Back Pain" and "Active with Arthritis."

Customer Reviews

This book contains a wealth of information that is so useful.
Pam Montague
I definitely recommend this book for people with arthritis as a starting point to managing this condition!
MakikiGirl
The book has also given me an overview of treatments and medications.
Linda Oxford

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

71 of 81 people found the following review helpful By John on April 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
First off let me say that this is the most optimistic book on this "disease" that I know of. The author seems highly qualified and really knows his subject.

I have joint pain (hip and knee), and I take glucosamine and chondroitin for the pain. It seems to help. However, I have my doubts that these things "build" or "rebuild" cartilage. One orthopedic surgeon in L.A. wrote that there is no evidence that they build or rebuild it, and that from what he read, glucosamine only "mimics" Tylenol on a molecular level, so if you take it, the pain is less, but it is the same as taking an aspirin. Trust me, I would love to believe that these things actually rebuild my knees and restore cartilage, but like I said, I have real doubts about that now. Chondroitin - I have read and heard from doctors - cannot penetrate the stomach wall, and there is no way it can reach the joints, from what I read. Most Glucosamine studies are either too limited, or are from Europe from long ago, so it is highly doubtful if they are good studies. I looked up ginger on the Mayo clinic website, and it stated that ginger is not proven as a cure for arthritis, but some limited trials suggest it might help (Mayo has one of the best rheumatology and arthritis departments in the world). It gave the studies that show ginger helps against joint inflamation/pain only a "B", i.e., there is some evidence, but it is not iron-clad, that it works (but there is no evidence that it does any harm, either).

But I want to make it very clear that I am not a doctor or scientist, and so what I am relating here should be viewed as that of a moderately-well informed reader who is not a doctor. All I am doing is relating some doubts that I have read from doctors in this field, after doing some research into this.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve in Memphis on June 20, 2011
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The book has good nutritional and exercise information from a doctor who seems well-informed and realistic. He tells which foods help arthritis and which foods make it worse. He also tells you which activities are safe, which ones are moderate, and which to avoid. A must-have if you have arthritis. I am glad that I got it.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Frohrip on May 5, 2009
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This is a great, practical book for people with osteoarthritis. The exercise program has helped my knees be pain free for over a year. I ordered this book as a gift for friends.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MakikiGirl on August 19, 2011
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I first read this book along with several others from my local library when I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. I bought this book because, as one reviewer said, Dr Vad was optimistic, but more because his 3 pronged approach to dealing with arthritis was sensible and I felt I could do it. His book is well organized and 3 years later I still refer to it.

At first I found it painful to do the easiest of 3 levels of his exercise program, but eventually I got stronger. I was already taking glucosamine/chondroitin which now has been shown to help some of the people who have taken it in clinical trials. My diet was already pretty good, eating 5 fruits and veggies a day and avoiding processed foods.

I wasn't consistent about following the advice in this book, but his suggestions motivated me to gradually make bigger improvements in exercise and diet. I recently started a yoga class, learning the hard way I had to do the poses gently. Doing yoga in class has made a huge improvement in my level of pain through strengthening and stretching the supporting muscles of my knee. Dr Vad adapted the exercises in this book from yoga.

Last year, I had gone to a gym and hired a trainer who taught me to do floor and machine exercises. That helped but it was work, and in my 6th month of this regimen I injured my knees (without the trainer). Although everyone is different and this might be the right path for some, people with medical conditions have to be very careful exercising with machines.

This book also motivated me to explore improving my diet and now I'm eating even healthier food and focusing on eating more food that help or prevent inflammation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pam Montague on January 28, 2013
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This book contains a wealth of information that is so useful. The dietary guidelines and exercises have made a big difference in my arthritic knee
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Forever Student on January 10, 2013
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There are ways to control the pain of arthritis and this book tells you just how to do that, naturally
Forever Student.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bud Mark on May 1, 2013
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When I follow what the doctor guided me to do, I was able to move more freely with out pain. So thanks for your help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose Whitfield on July 29, 2013
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It is just what I waslooking for. It is written in plain laguage without a lot of unnecessary medical words. The book is laid out nicely and its easy to follow the program.
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