Research suggests that as many as 65 percent of older adults experience joint pain. Often the discomfort may simply be due to exertion, particularly if you experience pain after strenuous exercise. “In this case, ice and rest should help,” says David C. Thomas, MD, professor of medicine and rehabilitation medicine
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Alternative treatment options—also known as complementary therapies—can be a good adjunct to medication when it comes to managing arthritis symptoms. Some of the options address physical causes of pain, but don’t forget that chronic pain is complicated. In arthritis, tissue inflammation, bone erosion, and nerve impingement can combine to “rewire”
Despite its name, pseudogout is real. It’s not gout, but there’s good reason it’s called “false gout.” Like gout, pseudogout is inflammatory arthritis caused by an excess of crystals in the joint fluid. And, like gout, it hurts, leaving your joint swollen and red. While gout is often triggered by
When it comes to chronic pain, many of us reach for heat or ice therapy, thinking one or the other will ease our symptoms. It’s easy to grab the heating pad or the ice pack, but both target symptoms, not underlying causes or long-term cures, and that can be a
For many people with arthritis, drug treatment is only part of their day-to-day disease management. Exercise, supplements, splints, assistive devices, dietary change, and alternative and thermal therapies offer patients the opportunity to take control of their arthritis and improve their quality of life.
The field of exercise and alternative therapies is
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