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Help for your aching back

Published December 1, 2021
Short-term (acute) and chronic back pain can be managed through a variety of strategies. For short-term pain, over-the-counter pain relievers, heat, and moving as much as possible can help. Chronic back pain may require assistance from a doctor, which could include medication, physical therapy, and rarely surgery. People considering surgery for back pain should consider getting a second opinion. Surgery sometimes is not successful at relieving pain.

Drug therapy needs time to treat heart-related chest pain

Published November 1, 2021
Chest pain with exertion affects about one-quarter of people with stable coronary artery disease. A 2021 study found that these individuals can often eliminate their symptoms by following conservative drug therapy, without needing a stent or bypass surgery.

"Pandemic posture" hurting your back? You can fix it!

Published October 1, 2021
"Pandemic posture" refers to poor posture from slouching at a desk or on a couch during time at home during the pandemic, and it can result in back or neck pain. To reduce pain, doctors recommend exercising every day; working with a physical therapist to learn the right way to sit up straight and how to strengthen the muscles that support the posture; using a chair with cushioning for the buttocks and support for the lower back; using a footrest; keeping a computer monitor at eye level; and using an ergonomically designed mouse and wrist pad.

Take control of your knee pain

Published September 1, 2021
Regular exercise and stretching can reduce knee pain related to some common conditions. Exercises that strengthen muscle groups in the upper and lower legs, hips, and core can help them better support the knee and improve movement. Strength-building exercises should be done at least two days a week, and stretches should be performed daily.

Vitamin D deficiency might affect recovery from knee surgery

Published September 1, 2021
A study published online May 5, 2021, in the journal Menopause found that women with a vitamin D deficiency experienced a more painful recovery from knee surgery than women with normal levels of the vitamin.

Looking out for diverticulitis

Published August 16, 2021

More than half of US adults over 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where part of the wall of the colon bulges outward and forms tiny pouches. Diverticulosis does not cause symptoms, but if a pouch becomes inflamed or infected it becomes diverticulitis, which can be mild or more serious.

Right-sizing opioid prescriptions after surgery

Published July 29, 2021

It’s common for doctors to prescribe opioid pain medications for their patients after surgery; however, prescribing large numbers of pills increases the possibility of dependence and overdose. Writing prescriptions for smaller quantities of pills while still monitoring people's pain is one way to reduce the likelihood that a person develops a problem.

Take on chronic pain where it lives

Published July 1, 2021
Chronic pain conditions are common in older adults. Managing pain at home can be as important as working with a doctor. There are numerous options for at-home pain management, including online workout programs, cognitive behavioral therapy programs, online support groups, and apps. Recognizing that you can take steps to decrease chronic pain is crucial to success.

High-intensity walking may reduce leg pain from artery disease

Published July 1, 2021
Peripheral artery disease is a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs and often cause leg pain from walking. A new study found that a high-intensity walking program that causes some discomfort may improve walking performance.

Is my kidney causing my back pain?

Published July 1, 2021
People commonly think back pain comes from the kidney, but it’s more likely due to a muscle- or spine-related problem. When pain is related to the kidney, the pain is higher up in the back, and the symptoms are different, such as a fever and waves of intense pain rather than a steady ache.

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