Pain Management and Chronic Pain + Original Articles

Chronic Pain From Head to Toe, and What to Do About It

A look at some of the most chronic pain conditions, and how you might want to treat them. No matter what part of your body hurts, the pain you feel is a warning that something is wrong and needs attention. If you develop a single chronic condition, such as migraine headaches or lower back pain from an injury, you may get relief from conventional treatments.

The Pros and Cons of Over-the-Counter Back Braces

Why over-the-counter back braces may not be your best bet for relieving back pain. Ouch! As many as 8 out of 10 people in the U.S. will experience back pain at least once in their lives, according to the National Institutes of Health. Back pain can range from acute (sudden pain) to chronic (a dull, constant ache). It is one of the most common complaints at doctor's offices.

5 Hardest Foods to Digest

Plus simple advice to better digest any food you eat. Indigestion by any other name—gas, bellyache, heartburn, upset stomach, bloating—is still indigestion, or the inability to digest food properly. Whatever you call it, a digestive problem can be inconvenient at best, and often downright painful. ...

The Best Sex Positions for Men and Woman With Back Pain

Researchers have uncovered the most comfortable sex positions for men and women with back pain. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting some 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives according to the National Institutes of Health. If you’re familiar with back pain, you may have found that it makes sex uncomfortable and unenjoyable.

Soothe Chronic Pain With 4 Easy Warm Weather Workouts

Plus, 4 tips for safe summer exercise. If you suffer from chronic pain, exercising may seem impossible. But experts say being active—regardless of what’s causing the pain—can help you feel better. Need more motivation? How about summer weather and extra daylight? Staying lighter longer means more time for outdoor exercise and warmer temperatures, which can help your joints.

Vibration Therapy (and Other Exercise Options) for Fibromyalgia Patients

A promising therapy commonly used for sports training may bring relief to people with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, affects approximately five million people in the United States. The majority of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women, but men and children can be affected as well. Symptoms usually begin in midlife, but can appear earlier.

Best and Worst Exercises for Bad Knees

Prevent knee pain with these exercises. Exercise is beneficial for everyone, but for people with bad knees due to arthritis, injury, or weakness, exercising correctly, preventing further damage, and avoiding pain are essential. Approximately 6.6 million patients present to the emergency department with knee injuries related to sports or recreational activities every year.

6 Ways to Fight Back Pain

Rethink rest for an achy back and try these remedies to soothe your pain. Ouch: 75% of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. But when back pain strikes, you don't have to take it lying down. In fact, you shouldn't. New research from Australian investigators shows that the old standby for back pain relief—rest and an over-the-counter pain reliever—should be shelved.

What You Need to Know About NSAIDs Pain Relievers and Heart Disease Risk

Frequent use of this pain reliever may increase risk of heart disease and stroke in postmenopausal women. Find out more. So, you overdid it at the gym…again. This time, though, you may want to rethink your choice of pain reliever. Treating soreness, aches, and pains with over-the-counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) drugs is common. But a new study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found a link between regular use of one NSAID, naproxen, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in women.

How to Manage Pain in Winter

Winter aches and pains putting your back, head, or joints out of joint? Here s how to deal with the discomfort, so you can feel good all season long. Does winter find you struggling with more than just the weather? If your aches and pains are worse during the colder months, you’re not alone: A 2011 study found that nearly 60 percent of people with back and joint pain reported greater discomfort in the winter.