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Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Ice or Heat? For Back Pain, It Depends

Using ice or heat for back pain is a simple, drug-free treatment approach that can be very effective. Which one suits you best will depend on your individual back pain and, specifically, whether your aches and pains are chronic or acute.
Chronic pain may result from slow-developing conditions that cause

Newsbriefs: Opioids; Hip Fractures; Vitamin C

Opioids Less Effective Than Expected.
While the U.S. is undergoing an opioid epidemic, new findings show that the millions of people who take opioids for back pain may not experience pain relief, and suffer side effects in addition. In a study of 2,030 people with low back pain, almost half took

Easing the Burden of Severe Joint Pain

If you suffer from severe joint pain, you’re not alone—in fact, about 14.6 million people have the problem, according to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 7, 2016). The study analyzed 2002-2014 data collected by the U.S. National Health Interview

What Causes Leg Cramps?

What Causes Leg Cramps?

Up to 60 percent of Americans suffer from leg cramps—with women and older adults particularly susceptible—and about 4 million people age 65 and older report the problem. What causes leg cramps? Dehydration is often cited as a major factor, but numerous other reasons may contribute to cramps:
Excess alcohol consumption
Medical conditions

OTC Pain Relievers: Use With Caution

Most of us don’t think twice about swallowing a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain, muscle aches, or a headache. But, in recent years, research has revealed that these OTC products are not as benign as we once thought, and that long-term and/or excessive use actually may

Lower Back Pain: Causes and Treatment

Lower Back Pain: Causes and Treatment

Lower back pain is more common than upper back pain and middle back pain. It can develop because you’ve overstretched the muscles and ligaments of your lower back, or overtaxed them while lifting a heavy object. Its origins also can lie in simple wear-and-tear over time, but in some circumstances,

Is Chronic Pain an Emotional Disease?

Scientists have long tried to understand what causes an individual’s response to injury or disease to evolve from acute pain, which is an immediate response to a hurt, to chronic pain that continues for months or years after apparent recovery. Several recent studies suggest that chronic pain may come to

Ask the Doctors: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Q. What is cognitive behavioral therapy?
A. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of mental health counseling that helps a person become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking to help view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them more effectively. CBT therapy can be effective in as little

A Safer Route to Pain Relief

It’s a battle cry those struggling with arthritis hear on a daily basis: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can ease your pain. But, if ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) and naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®) and other NSAIDs have offered little to no relief, you may think the next natural step is a prescription narcotic

Troubleshooting Back Pain

Four out of five Americans experience back pain sometime in their lifetime. You may be one of them. Back pain may come on suddenly and be surprisingly severe, or it may begin slowly and grow worse over time. It may be a one-time event or a nagging condition you live

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