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

Easier way to help your hip?

A procedure known as hip resurfacing is emerging as an alternative to hip replacement. In a total hip replacement, the damaged surface of the hip's socket is removed, along with the ball at the top of the hip bone (femur) and a bit of the femur itself. The ball and neck of the femur are then replaced with prosthetic components. In hip resurfacing, the surgeon places a prosthetic cap on the femoral head, preserving the neck, and resurfaces the acetabulum. Insurance pays for both procedures and recovery time is the same: three days in the hospital, followed by 4–6 weeks of physical therapy. But not everyone has the right anatomy for hip resurfacing, and because of its track record, total hip replacement is best for people over 65. (Locked) More »

Drop pounds to relieve back pain

Carrying extra pounds contributes to disc degeneration in the spine, particularly in the lower back region. Losing weight can take pressure off the discs and ease back pain. (Locked) More »

Stop migraines before they start

Effective treatments are available to prevent migraine headaches from happening. Yet the majority of people who could benefit from these medications don't use them. More »

New knee helps your heart

Adults with osteoarthritis face lower odds of developing heart failure by having a total knee replacement. The procedure allows the recipients to exercise again, which can lead to better heart health. (Locked) More »

Stop elbow pain and stay in the game

What racquet sports player or golfer hasn't gotten sidelined—sometimes for months on end—by elbow pain? Occurring on either the inside or outside of the elbow, the pain can be intense and persistent; recovering from it calls for physical therapy and retraining. Proper playing technique and overall physical conditioning can prevent many injuries from ever happening. Here is what you need to know to stay in the game—or get back to it if you develop elbow troubles. (Locked) More »

Managing osteoarthritis of the knee

More than two-thirds of women over age 60 have painful, tender, or swollen knees. Osteoarthritis—the breakdown of joint cartilage—is the usual culprit. Although total knee replacement can help, it's best to first try simpler, safer noninvasive strategies like weight loss and exercise. (Locked) More »

When sex gives more pain than pleasure

Millions of women experience pain before, during, or after sexual intercourse—a condition called dyspareunia. Many suffer in silence and don't seek the help they need, or they have trouble finding a clinician who can diagnose and treat the causes of their pain. That is unfortunate, because treatments are available for many of the problems that underlie this vexing condition. More »