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  • Don’t shrug off shoulder pain

    Don’t shrug off shoulder pain

    Pain in this joint can curb your independence. Catch problems early, build strength, and avoid injury. Image: © Barry Austin/Thinkstock It’s easy to take your shoulders for granted. You don’t think about them when you put your arm through a sleeve or reach out for something. But weak or injured shoulders can limit your daily […]

  • Steroid injections do little for long-term knee osteoarthritis pain

    Steroid injections do little for long-term knee osteoarthritis pain

    In the journals Corticosteroid injections are used to ease short-term knee osteoarthritis pain, but a new study in the May 16, 2017, Journal of the American Medical Association suggests the treatment may not help in the long term. Researchers recruited two groups of 70 people, average age 58, with knee osteoarthritis. One group received 40 […]

  • Turning your back on back surgery

    Turning your back on back surgery

    Men considering surgery for back pain relief may benefit from more conventional treatment methods. Back pain remains one of the top reasons people seek medical care for pain. For many older men, the source of their pain is spinal osteoarthritis. Finding relief is an ongoing struggle, but men should think hard before turning to surgery […]

  • Best ways to cope with hand pain

    Best ways to cope with hand pain

    Aches or numbness may keep you from doing the things you love. Find out what’s behind your pain, and do something about it. Hand pain becomes common as we get older. Tingling and numbness, aching or locking joints, and difficulty grasping objects are frequent complaints. But don’t make your own diagnosis and suffer in silence. […]

  • Myths About Treating Chronic Pain

    When you have chronic pain, it’s hard to sort out the myths from the facts. To feel better, are you supposed to rest in bed or go jogging? Should you talk to your doctor about trying potent opioid painkillers or should you steer clear? Is it worth trying that “miracle cure” that your co-worker absolutely […]

  • 9 Pain Pill Mistakes

    It’s been a hard day, and Joe’s back is killing him. His wife has some Percocet left over from a trip to the dentist, and there’s that big bottle of Tylenol under the sink, so Joe grabs a couple of each and washes them down with a slug of beer. Luckily for Joe, he’s a […]

  • Posture and back health

    Posture and back health

    Paying attention to posture can help you look and feel better. Most of us get back pain at some point in our lives. It may be due to a sports-related injury, an accident, or a congenital condition such as scoliosis. But most of the time, upper or lower back pain develops during the course of […]

  • The healing power of touch

    Massage therapy can help relieve pain, speed recovery from injury or surgery, and reduce stress. Image: Jacob Wackerhausen /Thinkstock Men may think of massage as an occasional treat or a vacation indulgence, but this type of therapy could be a natural way to stay healthy and pain-free. One of the most common health issues for […]

  • X-ray may be best screening tool for diagnosing knee pain

    In the Journals Image: © endopack /Thinkstock One of the most common reasons for a doctor’s office visit is knee pain or injuries from osteoarthritis. While magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is widely used by doctors to diagnose problems like torn knee ligaments and cartilage, a study in the September 2016 issue of the Journal of […]

  • The downside of taking pills to treat chronic pain

    When the risks of medication outweigh the benefits. Image: © iStock Taking over-the-counter or prescription painkillers may seem like a simple solution for chronic pain. It’s actually a bit more complicated, yet many older adults aren’t aware of potential problems. “They think that if it doesn’t require a prescription, it’s safe. But there are some […]

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