How was chronic pain treated in the days before painkillers?

The current opioid epidemic began in the 1990's shortly after pharmaceutical companies assured physicians and patients that they were not only effective, but safe, too.

Today, the abuse of prescription opioids and the resulting hospitalizations, overdoses, and deaths affect approximately 2.1 million Americans annually.

An average of 115 Americans die each day from opioid-related overdoses.

All of which may cause us to wonder how chronic joint pain was treated before painkillers became the default remedy. Many of the treatments were natural, including:

  • Weight loss - Extra weight puts more pressure on your joints, especially your knees, hips, and feet. Reducing the stress on your joints through weight loss has been shown to improve mobility, decrease pain, and prevent future damage to joints.
  • Exercise more - Regular movement of the joints helps to maintain flexibility. Low-impact options such as aerobics or swimming can help flex your joints without increasing stress.
  • Hot/cold therapy -Warm showers or baths help ease stiffness in your joints, particularly in the morning. An electric blanket or moist heating pad can also help keep your joints loose. Cold treatments provide relief from joint pain, swelling, and inflammation. Cold therapy may include a gel ice pack or something as common as a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel and applied to the affected joint.
  • Acupuncture - Acupuncture is recommended by the World Health Organization for treatment of over 100 different conditions, including joint pain.
  • Reduce stress - Stress has been shown to increase the symptoms of many conditions, including joint pain. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the practice of mindfulness meditation can reduce the symptoms of painful joints because when stress is reduced, inflammation and thus swelling and pain decrease.
  • Eat specific fatty acids - Fish oil supplements which are high in omega-3s, have been shown to reduce joint stiffness and pain. Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) has also shown to be effective.
  • Use turmeric - Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce joint inflammation for some people.

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