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Is "no pain, no gain" true?

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There is no evidence to support this notion. A related belief, "work through the pain," is also mistaken. Resting to repair muscles and bring pain relief might not be macho, but it's a smart thing to do.

From: 5 Common Pain and Pain Relief Myths WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Myths and Misconceptions About Pain Control." 

National Pain Foundation: "My Treatment--Myths and Misconceptions." 

Sharon Brangman, MD, AGSF, professor and division chief, geriatric medicine director, Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYT. 

Martin Lanoff, MD, marketing committee chair, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL. 

Jerome Yates, MD, MPH, national vice president for research, National Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.

The American Chronic Pain Association: "The Myths of Pain Control."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 22, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Cancer Society: "Myths and Misconceptions About Pain Control." 

National Pain Foundation: "My Treatment--Myths and Misconceptions." 

Sharon Brangman, MD, AGSF, professor and division chief, geriatric medicine director, Central New York Alzheimer's Disease Center, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NYT. 

Martin Lanoff, MD, marketing committee chair, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chicago, IL. 

Jerome Yates, MD, MPH, national vice president for research, National Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA.

The American Chronic Pain Association: "The Myths of Pain Control."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on August 22, 2017

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