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An Unexpected Alternative for Pain Relief

Starting in the late 1990s, opioid painkillers became a mainstay in health care. These drugs effectively treated pain, and the pharmaceutical companies that developed them assured doctors that they were safe to prescribe to patients. Patients trusted their physicians and, while many completed their course of treatment with no complications,

Low Back Pain? Explore Your Options for Easing the Ache

Low Back Pain? Explore Your Options for Easing the Ache

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

Important to Take Opioids Safely

Older adults suffer disproportionately from health conditions that cause pain: for example, arthritis, peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes, and cancer. It is vital to treat debilitating pain, and many people find that opioids are the only painkillers that provide relief. You may have heard through the news media that the

Brain-Safe Ways to Ease Chronic Pain

Pain results from a complex interaction of biological, sensory, emotional, and cognitive factors unique to each individual, and finding successful treatments is equally complex. Pain medications, usually the first choice for easing physical discomfort, are often only mildly helpful, if at all, and they tend to wear off over time.

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