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

8 tips for pain-free summer travel

Tips to avoid arthritis pain during travel include packing light, using wheeled luggage, taking along pain relievers, and bringing accessories that can make travel more comfortable. (Locked) More »

Easy exercises for healthy knees

Even a small amount of exercise throughout the day will make a difference in knee health. Just a few repetitions here and there will give the knee joint more stability, which decreases stress at the joint from any weight-bearing activities. That can also help lessen the progression of arthritis in the joint. It’s helpful to fit in a few repetitions while watching TV or talking on the phone. Exercises that can help improve knee health include heel raises, standing side leg lifts, standing knee lifts, seated hamstring curls, and seated knee extensions.   (Locked) More »

How to soothe a sore neck

Most men develop neck pain for the same reasons they suffer low back pain, often strained or sprained muscles, ligaments, and tendons. First-line therapy is rest, ice, heat, pain relievers, and possibly limited use of a neck collar. Exercises to stretch and strengthen the neck, shoulder, and upper back muscles can speed recovery from a painful neck condition and possibly reduce flare-ups. Therapy will likely combine isometric and range-of-motion exercises. In isometric exercise, you tighten the neck muscles against an opposing force. If neck pain is severe, lasts for weeks or months, drastically limits your ability to move your head, radiates into the shoulders, or feels worse in the morning, more extensive therapy and possibly surgery may be indicated. More »

Shingles vaccination pros and cons

Experts recommend that everyone 60 and older get the vaccine for shingles, a painful rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus. The vaccine is safe, but can be costly if not covered by insurance. The chief benefit of the vaccine is that it helps prevent an uncommon but serious complication of shingles: persistent nerve pain after the rash clears up, known as post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN). PHN can be very painful as well as hard to treat. Vaccination is not as effective in older people because their immune systems tend to weaken over time. Over all, in those 60 and older the vaccine cuts the risk of shingles by 50%. (Locked) More »

Before you consider a joint replacement-what you need to know

Joint replacement surgery can help women with degenerative joint disease get around more easily. However, less invasive options are available, including steroid injections and exercise. When considering a joint replacement, women need to ask their doctors many questions, including the recovery time and the number of procedures they’ve performed.  (Locked) More »

Drugs that relieve nerve pain

Chronic pain in muscles and joints usually originates at the site of an injury or inflammation caused by arthritis or other conditions. Nerves transmit the pain signal to the brain. But chronic pain can also come from the nerves themselves, called neuropathic pain. Drugs originally approved for depression and seizures can moderately relieve nerve pain. They are added to more traditional pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and narcotic painkillers.   More »

Relief dos and dont's for that nagging neck pain

Most neck pain comes from preventable causes such as poor posture, stress and anxiety, and sitting in prolonged positions with the neck bent for too long. As a result, many people tend to have imbalances in their neck muscles, and that causes the deeper muscles that attach one vertebrae to another to become weak and overstretched. To combat neck pain, people are advised to maintain good posture, keep a computer at eye level, and keep from holding the neck in a bent position for more than 10 minutes at a time. (Locked) More »

Better shoes help you walk away from a common cause of heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. This intensely painful condition affects the tough, fibrous band of connective tissue (fascia) on the bottom of the foot. The pain comes from the spot where the band attaches to the heel bone. Healing from a flare-up can take months, but in the meantime basic self-help steps can relieve the pain and inflammation. Wearing shoes that support the arches of the feet is important to prevent or relieve heel pain from plantar fasciitis. For cases that do not get better on their own, doctors can offer a range of therapies that help most people recover, but they don’t work for everyone. (Locked) More »

Great exercise that's easier on the joints

Exercising in water, also known as aquatic therapy, enables people to do many of the same exercises they would do on land without applying the same force on the joints. It has many benefits. Aquatic therapy takes pressure off the body, and that brings immediate relief to painful areas. Water provides resistance to the body, which helps build muscle and bone strength. The warmth of the water encourages one to move, which has a helpful side effect: repetitive movement pumps a natural lubricant called synovial fluid into the joints. More »