Pain

Everyone experiences pain at some time. It might be the result of an injury, operation, or pushing your body too hard. Headache, infection, arthritis, and other health problems cause pain. Unchecked, pain can rob you of the ability to sleep, work, and enjoy life. It can also lead to depression and anxiety.

We've come a long way from the days of "grin and bear it," or "no pain, no gain." Pain begets pain, so it's important to stop it early. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to pain relief. Standard medications can be a good option for many pain sufferers, but a wide range of effective nondrug therapies are also available.

Pain Articles

How music can help you heal

Music therapy has been demonstrated to calm anxiety, ease pain, facilitate rehabilitation, and improve quality of life for people with dementia. (Locked) More »

Fight back against gout

Gout strikes men more than women and is more common with age. Lifestyle changes like reducing intake of meat, shellfish, and alcohol, losing excess weight, and staying well hydrated can help lower uric acid levels that lead to attacks. More »

Got a bum knee? Here is what to do

Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of chronic knee pain, but there are other possibilities, such as overuse, injury, and non-arthritis conditions. The first person to talk to is your primary care doctor, who can identify the most likely reason for the pain and other symptoms and recommend either further testing or a visit with a joint specialist, or rheumatologist.  (Locked) More »

Numb hand: Should you worry?

Repetitive motions can squeeze nerves in the hand and cause temporary and short-lived numbness. It usually does not indicate a medical condition, but talk to a doctor if the numbness persists or interferes with daily activities. (Locked) More »

Arthritis pain relief while taking warfarin

People who take warfarin should avoid taking over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen and naproxen. Taking the two medications together can increase the risk of bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and elsewhere in the body. (Locked) More »

Heart-safer NSAID alternatives

Common pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) carry an added risk of heart problems. Use only what you need and for only as long as you need it. Men with heart problems should be extra cautious. Alternative pain relievers are available. Ways to soothe joint pain without medication include exercise, weight loss, physical therapy, joint-supporting splints, massage, and acupuncture. More »

How to banish aches and pains

Regularly engaging in a variety of physical activity can help to relieve and prevent everyday aches and pain in the muscles and joints. For longstanding, chronic musculoskeletal pain, it can help to see a physical therapist to carefully evaluate the causes and recommend appropriate and safe stretches. A regular stretching routine, such as yoga, aids flexibility, strength, and range of motion in joints. Being too sedentary can lead to problems like tight hamstring muscles in the back of the leg, which can contribute to lower back pain. (Locked) More »