Arthritis Pain

Are they listening? Talking about your pain

According to a thesaurus, complaining is “to express dissatisfaction, pain or resentment, usually tiresomely.” Similar words are “bellyache, fuss, gripe, and whine.” On days when your pain is high, you might feel like complaining. If you’ve had chronic pain for a long time, you know that people in your life can get tired of hearing… Read more »

Your pain goals: Fantasy or reality?

While it would be great to be rid of pain entirely, this may not be possible for people with chronic pain. If pain is unavoidable, it is important to consider what your pain management goals can be. Helpful goals may include: Becoming as comfortable as possible while having pain Getting back to old routines that you… Read more »

When pain returns

“Relapse” means a long setback Unfortunately, chronic pain that lasts for at least 3 to 6 months is hard to cure. While pain can lessen with time there can continue to be good and bad days, improvements and setbacks. A setback, like a period of increased pain, may lead to unhealthy changes in behavior, such… Read more »

Thinking of joining a clinical trial?

 What is a clinical trial? A clinical trial is a research study that is designed to answer health questions. This research study is performed on human volunteers who consent to participating. This article explains some basics of clinical trials and discusses some of the pros and cons of participating in a trial. There are many… Read more »

Why physical therapy?

If you have back pain, you may benefit from physical therapy, a well-established method for treating all types of back conditions.  Using techniques such as therapeutic exercise, functional training, mobilization/manipulation, massage, electrotherapy and ultrasound, physical therapists help restore function, reduce pain and prevent disability. When should you see a physical therapist for back pain? If… Read more »

Breakthrough pain: Finding the right balance

The term “breakthrough pain” was originally coined by anesthesiologists. After surgery, patients are almost always given some type of post-operative pain medication. Sometimes, however, pain “breaks through” the medication’s ability to control pain. In recent years, breakthrough pain has come to mean any pain that occurs despite pain medication. The meaning of the term is… Read more »