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

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 »

"Joint support" supplements for arthritis

Many “joint support” dietary supplements and herbal remedies are available, but there is no strong proof that they reduce pain and cartilage loss from osteoarthritis. The most widely used products contain glucosamine and/or chondroitin sulfate, but well-done clinical trials have failed to document a benefit. Joint support supplements may also contain dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), and S-adenosyl-L-methionine SAMe, as well as avocado-soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) or the herb Boswellia serrata. Such products are not evaluated as rigorously for safety, including reactions with other drugs, as are pharmaceuticals. In contrast, exercise can help reduce pain and maintain physical function. Fitness programs to build strength, flexibility, and aerobic capacity seem to work best. 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 »