Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, in Baltimore, Maryland, reviewed the evidence.

First, the details.

  • 11 published studies from 1980 to 2010 that used yoga as a treatment for arthritis were included.
  • All studies were small and control groups varied.

And, the results.

  • No adverse events were reported.
  • Adherence to treatment was comparable or better than that typical for exercise.
  • Evidence was strongest for reduced disease disability and symptoms (tender/swollen joints, pain), and for improved self-efficacy and mental health.

The bottom line?

A summary of an earlier study by the same researchers is here.

A broader review of CAM options to reduce pain in the elderly concluded that a broad range of self-management programs (yoga, massage therapy, tai chi, and music therapy) may provide benefits for older adults with chronic pain.

4/28/11 18:51 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.