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

Acupuncture relieves common types of chronic pain

Acupuncture relieves chronic pain in the back, neck, and shoulders, and from osteoarthritis and headaches. Acupuncture is often used in addition to standard treatments, such as pain medications, when they do not relieve pain well enough. (Locked) More »

Fool your brain, reduce your pain

You can help relieve chronic pain by distracting your brain. If you have a demanding enough task, you’ll have less attention to give to your pain. Distractions may release natural painkillers that block incoming pain signals as they enter the spinal cord. Distractions can include memory games or any activity so pleasurable or meaningful that it distracts you from your pain. And you don’t have to choose just one activity. Using your brain to do more things that are rewarding tips the balance away from pain. (Locked) More »

Prevent pain from computer use

Holding a tablet computer too low in your lap can force the vertebrae and the muscles in your neck to bend forward too much, causing strain and even injuries to muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, and spinal discs. However, a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that viewing a tablet on a table, propped at a steep angle in a tablet case, reduces neck strain and potential pain. You should also change your sitting position every 15 minutes. When using a laptop or desktop computer, sit up straight with your head level and the top of your monitor just below eye level. More »

When headaches won't go away

Migraines are a particularly disabling form of headache because they launch a four-tiered attack—the prodrome (or preheadache), aura (flashing lights or other visual phenomena), actual migraine, and “headache hangover.” Researchers still aren’t sure exactly what causes migraines, but women are three times more likely to get migraine headaches than men, in part because of the hormone estrogen. Treatments such as triptans, blood pressure drugs, and antidepressants, as well as newer therapies like Botox and alternative remedies, can help with chronic migraines. More »

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 »

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 »