Arthritis is a painful, debilitating aliment that affects almost 37 million Americans at a cost estimated as high as $50 billion per year in treatment and loss of productivity. If you, or someone you know, suffers from the pain, stiffness, and swelling of joints associated with arthritis, this book offers the information you need to understand and treat this troublesome illness -- including the very latest information on COX-2 inhibitors. You'll find clear answers to such questions as: What causes arthritis? How is arthritis diagnosed? How serious is the disease? At what age does arthritis strike? What kinds of treatments are available?Does arthritis affect parts of the body other than joints?Does any treatment halt the progression of the disease?Which pain reliever is most effective for arthritis?Does exercise help relieve the pain of arthritis?How effective is surgery in relieving the pain of arthritis?What are COX-2 inhibitors?How safe and effective are they?Are COX-2 inhibitors available by prescription?What kind of new medications, drugs, and treatments are presently being tested?Are there any effective home remedies for pain relief?and much, much more!