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

Warming up a frozen shoulder

While everyday shoulder aches and stiffness are common, if pain and mobility become substantially worse over time, you may have a condition called adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder. While it can be surprising and sometimes scary when it happens to you, the condition is a relatively benign disease that often resolves on its own. You just need to know how to deal with it if it happens. (Locked) More »

Do habits cause your neck pain?

Looking down at a smartphone or laptop for long periods of time can cause neck pain. The position flexes the neck forward and requires the use of neck and shoulder muscles. Over time, this position may strain the muscles to the point of weakness. To relieve pain, it helps to raise a screen closer to eye level and to do neck exercises and stretches. Posture is important, too. Supporting the arms while sitting also helps, since taking pressure off the arms takes pressure off the shoulder muscles. More »

How to handle a headache

Intermittent tension-type headaches can usually be relieved with nonprescription pain relievers. Mind-body approaches and limiting caffeine may help prevent them. Persistent headaches require medical attention to rule out underlying conditions.  (Locked) More »

Turn away from neck pain

Approximately 80% of people experience neck pain during their lifetime, and 20% to 50% deal with it annually. Besides the obvious physical discomfort, neck pain can trigger headaches and cause numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms, and may be linked to medical problems, including rheumatoid arthritis or infection. Making certain lifestyle changes can keep your neck strong, healthy, and pain-free.  (Locked) More »

When chest pain strikes: What to expect at the emergency room

If a person calls 911 with a suspected heart attack, the first test is an electrocardiogram (ECG), sometimes done in the ambulance. If that test reveals a heart attack, treatment begins as soon as possible. If not, the following step is an evaluation by a doctor, who asks questions about the person’s medical history and symptoms, often followed by a blood test to look for signs of heart muscle damage. Other possible tests include a chest x-ray or an exercise stress test.  More »

Foot problems? Try these tips to find comfortable shoes

For people who have corns, calluses, bunions, or hammertoes, comfortable shoes are a must. Good shoe candidates include those with uppers made of soft leather or materials with some stretch. Athletic shoes and sandals with adjustable straps are also good possibilities. It’s also important to look for shoes with wide or roomy toe areas (toe boxes), and make sure the shoes are at least half an inch longer than the longest toe. A sturdy heel counter will help keep the foot in place, to cut down on friction and pain.  (Locked) More »

The pain of strains, sprains, and cramps

Strains, sprains, and cramps are the most common injuries of muscles, ligaments, and tendons. However, appropriate treatment and preventive measures can speed recovery and keep injuries from recurring.  (Locked) More »