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

Don’t shrug off shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is common among older adults. Causes include arthritis, rotator cuff tears, tendinitis, impingement, and bursitis. The first line of treatment is typically a course of physical therapy. For impingement and tendinitis, treatment may include a cortisone injection first, and then physical therapy when inflammation has subsided. Physical therapy focuses on strengthening the rotator cuff muscles and the shoulder blade muscles, improving posture, and increasing range of motion with exercises that rotate the shoulder. (Locked) More »

Exercising arthritis pain away

Studies indicate that physical therapy is often just as effective as surgery in reducing pain and increasing function for people with arthritis in their knees or backs. It’s wise to seek out physical therapy whenever joint pain interferes with your normal activities for more than a few days. (Locked) More »

Is my painkiller an opioid?

Oxycodone is an opioid. A combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen should be used with caution and for the shortest duration possible. Talk to your doctor about tapering off the oxycodone or other opioid if possible. (Locked) More »

Best ways to cope with hand pain

Hand pain is common in older age. It may be caused by many conditions, such as osteoarthritis, a wearing away of the cartilage in the joints; carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome, two different conditions involving the compression of nerves in the arm; or trigger finger, a type of tendon irritation that interferes with the ability of the finger to bend. It’s important to seek treatment for persistent hand pain before it gets so advanced that it’s tough to use hands for even the simplest jobs. More »

Turning your back on back surgery

Back pain remains one of the top reasons people seek medical care for pain, and for many older man, the source of their pain is spinal osteoarthritis. Finding relief is an ongoing struggle, but men should think hard before turning to surgery without first trying less invasive treatments. Surgery may help control the pain in some cases, so a person can function better, but it won’t cure the osteoarthritis. (Locked) More »

The finer points of acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture has been used to help heal and manage ailments such as chronic pain, low back pain, and arthritis. The treatment involves inserting hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to help release energy that may be blocked because of illness or other imbalances. While the supporting research is ongoing and mixed, men may benefit from the treatment either by itself or as part of traditional pain therapy. (Locked) More »

What to do for a sprained ankle

It takes less force to sprain an ankle as we age, but there are steps you can take to prevent sprains and minimize their effects when you have them. It’s important to get medical attention if symptoms don’t improve after a few days. More »