Joint pain is a common, often debilitating problem. There are many and varied causes and persistent pain should be reviewed by your Doctor. If you have arthritis in the family there are things your should be doing to lessen the risk and impact on your life – good weight control being one of them. Maintaining good fitness and flexibility will reduce the impact of all forms of arthritis. Because many forms of arthritis vary naturally with time if someone is using a ‘therapy’ and is on the natural improvement stage they usually swear that it was the therapy that got them better. This is why there are a million and one alternative therapies for arthritis. If they passed good clinical trials the Medical Profession would take them up. Rarely do they. Arthritis needs a good Doctor to help you diagnose, treat and manage the condition through the ups and downs.