When we experience pain, we want it to be over as soon as possible. So it might seem counterintuitive when a doctor recommends the practice of mindfulness — being fully present in the moment — to reduce pain levels. How could being present help? The answer is in changing the way your mind perceives pain, … Continue reading How being mindful can help you manage your chronic pain
Chronic pain sufferers, take heart. Advances in pain management may offer the breakthrough you’ve been waiting for. “Chronic pain,” which is a pain that lasts more than six months, not only affects everyday living but also everything from mood to relationships to job performance and affects an estimated 116 million Americans every day. “Chronic pain can … Continue reading What a Relief! Chronic Pain Sufferers, Take Heart.
This may sound counterintuitive, but medical experts agree that if you have aching knees then sitting on the sidelines may not be the best answer for you. Getting out and exercising may be the best way to get rid of the pain. Sacheen Mehta, MD, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Baylor Regional … Continue reading 4 Exercises for Aching Knees
When you’re a child, you’re asked to point to a series of frowning faces to rate your pain. As an adult, you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. Pain is subjective. Ralph Monte, PsyD, a post-doctoral fellow in Health Psychology, explains the psychology of pain. “Pain is a subjective experience. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Pain Really Is in Your Head
Patricia hardly ever leaves her house. In fact, she hardly ever leaves her sofa. Years of chronic pain have left her depressed, lonely and hopeless. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Ralph Monte, PsyD, post-doctoral fellow in Health Psychology, offers some tips on coping with chronic pain. “First off, we help you realize … Continue reading Coping with Chronic Pain
If you’ve had a recurring pain for more than three months that is keeping you in bed and out of work, you may need a referral to a pain clinic. But what is a pain clinic and how can it be beneficial? “The ideal pain clinic should treat the whole patient,” said Andrew J. McDavid, … Continue reading Scott & White Pain Clinic might be answer for chronic pain sufferers
Your back hurts, but not bad enough to go to the doctor. What can you do about it at home? “If you have a light back injury, you’ll have localized lower back pain from working out or overdoing it. You might have some improvement when lying down, but it will be worse when bending over,” … Continue reading “Oh, My Aching Back!”: Tips to Manage Minor Back Pain at Home