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...

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Top 6 Symptoms of Chronic Joint Pain

In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there approximately 14.6 million Americans suffer from severe joint pain. Though many of these cases of severe joint pain are related to the onset of arthritis, millions of people fight daily battles with non-arthritis pain.  Joint pain costs billions of dollars in lost productivity and pain management and can cause great stress o...

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How can joint pain affect job performance?

When you or a loved one suffer from joint pain, the consequences reach far beyond the pain you are experiencing and the effects of your attempts to relieve it. Severe joint pain affects every aspect of our lives, including the quality of our relationships with those around us. Joint pain can also affect our job performance and our ability to earn an income. Whether your work involves a lot of typing (hands), wal...

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Can children suffer from joint pain?

When we think of joint pain, we usually conjure up images of older people - adults advancing in age who are the victims of bodily wear and tear. While older Americans experience the most incidents of severe joint pain, they are far from alone in feeling the effects of the condition. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the oldest group of Americans, those who are 65 years and older, make ...

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