Manage Pain : New health report discusses ways to manage pain

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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