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”
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Recent research (The Lancet, March 21) suggests that many people with back pain are getting risky treatments that may not work, including potentially addictive opioid painkillers and surgery. The same study points to a combination of physical and psychological therapies as helpful when it comes to easing discomfort and improving
Just about everyone experiences low back pain at some point. You might strain your back while lifting, twist the wrong way, or sit or sleep in an awkward position.
The good news is that you probably can find relief without surgery or other invasive treatments—and maybe even without medications. In its
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
Your alarm clock wakes you up for another day and as climb out of bed, you immediately notice a sharp pain and tightness in your lower back. You know that if you don’t get some relief now, you won’t be able to carry on with your plans for the day.
Acute low back pain is one of the most common reasons older adults see a doctor. In fact, more than 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of lower back pain at some time in their lives.
Acute pain is sometimes intense, but often a short-lived discomfort, resulting from injury