BOSTON , MA.- Relieving pain is one of the most
ancient medical goals and the most common reason
that people see a doctor. Pain can depress you emotionally,
interfere with your ability to work, and prevent
you from enjoying someone else's company. What
to Do About Pain, a special health report from
Harvard Medical School , explains ways to manage
common pain conditions, advances in medications and
injection therapies, physical and exercise treatments,
and alternative treatments for pain.
Huge strides have been made in understanding pain,
and significant advances have been made in the development
of new medication and nondrug therapies. Doctors
can now use an ever-broadening array of treatments—from
acupuncture to analgesics, biofeedback to spinal
injections—to help individuals achieve a quality
standard of life.
According to What to Do About Pain, variables
such as family upbringing, cultural influences, attitude,
and past pain experiences shape your perception of
pain. Additionally, the method that works best to
relieve pain differs from person to person.
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