Alternative arthritis treatments, do they work?

Arthritis affects millions of older Americans, and the pain and discomfort often makes it difficult to enjoy independent living. There are many ways to help older adults manage the pain and discomfort associated with the condition, but some alternative methods have been gaining traction as of late, according to ThirdAge.com.

Acupuncture has become one of the most popular alternative treatment options, and has proven to be somewhat successful in helping seniors reduce arthritis pain. The therapy, which uses tiny needles in an effort to release endorphins, dates back centuries. Although it certainly won't cure the condition, relieving pain can help seniors enjoy the active retirement they envisioned, WebMD notes.

Of course, acupuncture is not the only alternative arthritis treatment that has shown promise in recent years. Yoga may offer considerable benefits as well, according to the John's Hopkins Arthritis Center. In addition to being a gentle form of exercise, researchers say that yoga can improve quality of life, reduce stress and increase positive feelings in seniors with arthritis.

Seniors can also turn to their diet to try to reduce arthritis pain, according to ThirdAge. Specifically, herbs including turmeric and ginger can reduce inflammation.