Finding Relief from Pain

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital September 6, 2016

Among the many reasons why patients go to see a doctor, pain is often a primary complaint. Whether it is acute or chronic, pain can be debilitating. In recognition of Pain Awareness Month, we have compiled some of our blog posts featuring ways to address pain.

 

PainInnovations in Chronic Pain Management

Treating chronic pain often requires different approaches than those used for acute pain. In this post, Dr. Edgar L. Ross, Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Pain Management Center, talks about the importance of playing an active role in your treatment plan and the benefits of having a multidisciplinary, collaborative care team that specializes in pain management.

 

 

 

Senior African descent woman grabs lower back in painTips on Managing Back Pain

Managing back pain can be challenging because it is often non-specific and may be the result of many different conditions. In this post, Dr. Jason Yong, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist in the Comprehensive Spine Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), offers some guidance for people suffering from back pain.

 

 

 

Hip painYoung and Active? Don’t Ignore Hip Pain.

 Many young and active adults who experience hip pain during exercise attribute the discomfort to overdoing it during a workout. In this post, Dr. Scott Martin, an orthopedic specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, explains why it is important to be evaluated for a condition called femoroacetabular impingement if you are young and experiencing repeat hip pain, stiffness, or a catching sensation in the hip during movement.

 

 

gel pack on kneeTreating Injury and Pain: Ice or Heat?

Often when someone gets injured or feels pain, they wonder whether to treat it with cold or heat. This post by Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin, Surgical Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, offers a few simple guidelines to help you determine which approach to take.

 

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Tips on Managing Back Pain

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital June 2, 2016

Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical help.

Managing back pain can be challenging, because it is often non-specific and may be the result of many different conditions. In this post, Dr. Jason Yong, an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist in the Comprehensive Spine Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), offers some guidance for people suffering from back pain.

Seeking Treatment

Not all back pain requires treatment from a physician. Patients with acute low back pain (lasting less than three weeks), for example, can often get sufficient relief by using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications, physical therapy exercises, and temporary restrictions on lifting while the body heals itself. Generally, treatment by a physician is advised when pain is limiting a patient’s ability to walk, sit, or stand for prolonged periods of time, or if pain is greater than a 6 (on a scale from 0 to 10). Spinal surgery is usually considered for patients with intense, unrelenting pain (10 on a scale from 0 to 10), weakness, incontinence, or structural instability.

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