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

Ask the doctor: Acupuncture for knee pain

Acupuncture has been promoted for many conditions, but clinical studies to confirm the benefit for knee arthritis have been mixed. The risks are minimal, but most insurance providers do not reimburse for acupuncture. (Locked) More »

Back pain: What you can expect from steroid injections

Doctors recommend conservative measures first to treat back pain conditions. This rule of thumb applies to strain-and-sprain back pain as well as pain related to irritated nerves near the spine. After trying and failing to control back pain with conservative measures, injections of anti-inflammatory steroid medication may be an option. Research suggests that the average pain relief and improved function after steroid injections is small, though some individuals may benefit more. The effect of the injection is temporary and will not improve long-term outcomes. The therapy has risks such as infection, but these are uncommon. Having too many injections at the same location can cause breakdown of soft tissue and bone. More »

Hands don't work like they used to? Help is on the way

Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, arthritis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and wrist fractures are some of the most common causes of hand pain and disability. Treatments include physical therapy, splints and braces, cortisone injections, and surgery. More »

Relief for hand arthritis

Osteoarthritis in the hands is treated primarily with medication to control pain and inflammation. In addition, seeing a certified hand therapist can also be very helpful for minimizing pain and remaining functional. Hand therapists offer a range of services, including fitting braces and splints and advising on how to alter work habits to protect the affected joints. (Locked) More »

Acetaminophen may not help low back pain

The first advice you are likely to get if you have low back pain is "take a Tylenol." However a study published July 24, 2014, online by the journal Lancet indicates that you might do just as well without Tylenol. (Locked) More »

Botox: It isn't just for wrinkles

Botox has FDA approval for treating uncoordinated eye movement, eyelid spasms, upper limb spasms, chronic migraine, excessive underarm perspiration, overactive bladder, and head-wrenching neck spasms. It is used off-label for other conditions. (Locked) More »

Can you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome?

Sometimes the tissue around the tendons can swell and press against the median nerve in the forearm, in an area called the carpal tunnel. It results in tingling and numbness in the thumb and the middle, index, and ring fingers. The condition, called carpal tunnel syndrome, is often linked to aging. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be treated with surgery and also nonsurgical treatments, such as splinting, steroid injections, stretching and exercising the wrist and hand, and possibly vitamin B6 and acupuncture. More »

Foot and ankle health IQ

Feet are vulnerable to a number of common problems. The toes may suffer from a Morton’s neuroma, a bunion, or hammertoe. Two problems dog the toenails: ingrown toenails and toenail fungus. The biggest cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Pain that strikes behind the ankle may be caused by a tight Achilles’ tendon, resulting in tendinitis. A fallen arch is also painful. This occurs when the main tendon in the foot loses its elasticity. Metatarsal bones in the middle of the feet are prone to fractures in people with osteoporosis. (Locked) More »