Non-pharmacologic Options to Reduce Kid’s Pain

What can be done when a child is in pain--and medications are not the best solution? Presenters at the Pain Week conference suggested that physical  interventions, distraction, and relaxation may be very useful techniques. For an infant, a pacifier dipped in sucrose, or a warm blanket, or ice for injuries may help. Distraction may reduce pain up…

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Knee OA Pain and Weight Loss

A community-based study found a clear dose-response relationship in symptom improvement in overweight and obese people suffering with knee osteoarthritis (OA). Each subject was likely to require referral to an orthopedic surgeon for possible knee joint replacement. Those who lost more than 10% of their body weight saw the greatest improvements in knee pain and…

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Simple Ways to Improve Osteoarthritis

New Zealand researchers studied 206 patients suffering from osteoarthritis, a joint disease the leads to pain, swelling and reduced joint function. All patients received standard medical care, but some exercised regularly, some received physiotherapy treatments and others received combined exercise and physiotherapy treatments. After 2 years, both the exercise group and the physiotherapy group had…

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Exercise and Diet Helps Knee Pain

An 18 month study found diet and exercise combined resulted in better outcomes for knee osteoarthritis than either alone for overweight and obese patients. Pain, inflammation, quality of life and pain strongly favored the combined approach. All subjects were sedentary at baseline. The diets focused on reducing calories to encourage weight loss. Those on the combined…

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Moderate Exercise Reduces Onset of Arthritis Symptoms

The Australian Longitudinal Study of Women followed two groups of women (ages 48-55 and 72-79) for three years who had reported no arthritis symptoms. Those exercising 1.5 hours per week experienced significantly less arthritis symptoms, and 2.5 hours per week showed an even greater preventive effect. Moderately active middle age women reduced their risk by 29%…

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Love Can Reduce Feelings of Pain

Researchers investigating pain responses found that when women are able to view a picture of their partner, as opposed to photos of an object or a stranger, they experienced a lower perception of pain. The longer the women had been in the loving relationship, the stronger the brain activity where they sensed feelings of safety --…

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Popular Joint Supplements Found Wanting

A meta-analysis of 10 randomized controlled trials of glucosamine and chondroitin alone or in combination and placebo has found these products give no benefit over the placebo for the relief of hip or knee pain. Six of these trials also found they had no effect on joint-space narrowing.PositiveTip: While apparently safe, strong evidence suggests taking…

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Skin-to-Skin Contact Effective for Pain Control in Newborns

A randomized clinical trial of 640 healthy full-term newborns in Brazil studied what method reduced the pain of an intramuscular vaccine injection the most. A validated facial pain expression score was determined at the time of injection. Skin-to-skin contact with the mother plus 25% oral dextrose was found to control the pain most effectively. Several reader comments…

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