Maybe it was a high school sports injury that you never got around to treating. Or maybe it was that spill you took skiing last winter that still gives you problems today. Whatever its cause and however long ago it happened, a knee injury can affect how well you move. Fortunately, you can usually tr
For millions of people who live with pain, acupuncture is no longer an exotic curiosity. It's now widely accepted among the medical community. And it's pretty popular with patients as well. A recent survey found almost 3.5 million Americans said they'd had acupuncture in the previous year. "In our c
Pain that lasts more than a few months is chronic pain. Some types can’t be cured. But treatment can help you find relief. The right choice for you depends on: How long the pain has lasted How bad it is What's causing it Where you hurt Treatments have changed a lot over the years, says Steve Yoon, M
You have chronic pain, and your doctor prescribed an opioid, like hydrocodone or morphine. These painkillers can provide relief, but they also come with some concerns. The difference between a helpful and harmful dose of an opioid is smaller than with other medications, says Lewis Nelson, MD, profes
Doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs) can take care of you from head to toe. “We are fully licensed and certified physicians who have a few extra tools in our toolkit,” says William Burke, DO, dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Dublin, OH. More than half of DOs
Got aches? You’re in good company. Around 100 million Americans have some sort of chronic pain, meaning the long-term kind that sticks around after an injury or illness. And millions more have from short-term (acute) pain. Some types are more common during certain times of your life. “Knowing that
You’re likely to walk more than 100,000 miles over the course of your lifetime. That’s like circling the earth four times at the equator. But as important as your feet are, it’s all too easy to neglect them -- until they start to hurt. You can take some steps to avoid getting foot pain, though. Here
If you have arthritis, exercise can help control aches and pains and even improve other symptoms. Try to stick to a regular fitness plan. Doing so can help you feel better. With osteoarthritis, the cartilage that cushions the joints starts to wear down. This causes pain and stiffness in locations li
"Pain medication is ... not really meant to be a way to maintain or manage chronic pain.” -- Joe Schrank, MSW Many people worry that taking narcotic painkillers will lead to addiction. If your doctor prescribed medication to treat your pain and you take it as directed, you shouldn't have a problem.
Why is back pain or a knee injury annoying to one person and sheer agony to another? Turns out, an individual's tolerance to pain is as unique as the person, and is shaped by some surprising biological factors, as well as some psychological factors that we can actually try to control.
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