Ruth Cohen, DC, a 57-year-old chiropractor in Greenvale, NY, has lived with knee osteoarthritis (OA) for a long time. But the former college gymnast isn't ready for an operation to replace her joint. "I'm always looking to deal with alternative treatments before resorting to drugs or surgery," Cohen says.

To ease her symptoms, she's turned to alternative treatments. Some have worked better than others. Strength and balance exercises, for example, have helped. Acupuncture, not so much.

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