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Living with Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain
There are two basic types of pain, chronic and acute. Acute pain starts suddenly, in response to a physical cause, such as injury, inflammation, or some disease. It may be associated with anxiety or another type of emotional distress. The pain stops when the condition causing it is treated and resolved. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks. It may start with a particular cause, as acute pain, but doesn’t stop when the inciting cause...

Inversion Therapy for Spinal Pain Relief

Inversion Therapy for Spinal Pain Relief
Chronic back pain and sciatica sufferers for years have turned to doctors, chiropractors and physical therapists for relief from their back pain. Back pain is frequently caused by pinched nerves along the spinal column. As a result, various surgical and non-surgical spinal decompression techniques have been developed to increase the space between vertebrae, thereby relieving the pressure and reducing the resulting pain. Spinal decompression can be achieved both surgically and non-surgically and is used to treat conditions that result in chronic back pain...

Osteoporosis and Pain Management

Osteoporosis and Pain Management
Post-menopausal women are at high risk of developing osteoporosis that weakens bones.  Decreased estrogen levels are related to osteoporosis in women in mid-life, but calcium supplements can help.  Men are also at risk for osteoporosis—especially if they have been sedentary throughout most of their adult lives—as this often occurs in the aging process.  Osteoporosis is a serious problem in that it is linked to stress fractures and back problems.  According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, osteoporosis globally causes more than...

Back Injuries and Pain

Back Injuries and Pain
Auto accidents, improper lifting, and weak back muscles can all contribute to back injuries and pain.  According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, over 26 million people aged 20-64 in the United States reported experiencing frequent back pain.  Annually, back pain accounts for three million visits to hospital emergency departments.  As workers spend more time in front of computers and at desks—and as most Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary and working longer hours—the risk of getting a herniated disk...

The Controversy of Treating Pain with Opioid Painkillers

The Controversy of Treating Pain with Opioid Painkillers
The controversy of treating pain with opioid painkillers continues… Prescriptions for powerful opioid painkiller drugs have skyrocketed in the United States, but identification and treatment of pain has not improved, according to a new study published on WebMd. According to the study, 164 million pain-related visits to doctors were tracked in 2010, about half of which were treated with some kind of pain reliever: 20 percent with an opioid and 27 percent with a non-opioid. The study was published online Sept....

What is a TENS unit?

What is a TENS unit?
TENS is a non-invasive, low-risk nerve stimulation intended to reduce pain, both acute and chronic. Transcutaneous means through the skin. TENS machines deliver small electrical pulses to the body via electrodes placed on the skin. TENS machines are thought to affect the way pain signals are sent to the brain. Pain signals reach the brain via nerves and the spinal cord. If pain signals can be blocked by the tiny electrical shocks from the TENS machine, then the brain will receive fewer...
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