What is Cordotomy?

Cordotomy is a less common surgical procedure that is used to relieve pain by cutting certain nerves in the spinal cord. This blocks pain and also hot/cold feelings. This procedure may be chosen for patients who are near the end of life and have severe pain that cannot be

Benefits of Yoga

Helping people manage chronic pain and maintain mobility may be among the best-studied benefits of yoga.. For instance, a 2017 Cochrane review of 12 clinical trials on yoga for chronic low-back pain found that practicing it led to small to moderate improvements in function after three and six months. Such benefits are important because persistent

Slash Pain in 7 Minutes

"Mindfulness can have analgesic effects," says holistic physician Darren Weissman, DC. In a Health Psychology study, people who practiced 7 minutes a day for two weeks had a lower stress response to pain. Try these steps: Acknowledge the pain Observe its intensity and the associated emotion, whether that's stress, sadness, or frustration. Ask yourself what

Pain (Gain Control)

Some pain-a stubbed toe or muscle strain-comes and goes quickly. But many older adults have chronic pain: pain that bothers them most days of the week for 3 months or more. It's more common as we age but doesn't have to be a fact of life. "Chronic pain can put you into a downward spiral,"

Surprising Foods That Fight Pain

What do a cup of coffee, a bowl of beans, and a couple of ibuprofen have in common? Surprising answer: They all reduce pain. "Popping a pill may be easier, but it does nothing to cure the underlying cause of your pain like eating the right foods can do," says Beth Reardon, RD, director of

Pains You Shouldn’t Ignore

Pain is your body's way of telling you that something isn't quite right. More often than not, you have some idea of what's behind it. But when it comes on suddenly, lingers longer than usual, or just seema different, it calls for medical attention and the sooner the better. According to our experts, all of