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FDA Warns Epidural Corticosteroid Injections for Back, Neck Pain May Result in Rare but Serious Adverse Events

Many people who have pain in the back or neck, as well as pain radiating into the legs or arms, are treated with injectable corticosteroids. Injected into the epidural space of the spine, the injections are done to reduce swelling and inflammation, and, ultimately, temporarily relieve pain or discomfort.

But the U.S. Food […]

Overcoming Pain and Use of Painkillers Possible with Mind over Matter

Nearly one-third of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and prescription opioid painkillers have become the leading approach to treating the debilitating condition. The problem of chronic pain often morphs into another more deadly issue: misuse of prescription opioids. One researcher seems to have developed a treatment that decreases both pain and prescription opioid use […]

Physical Therapists Integral in Chronic Pain Treatment

There’s acute pain, from injuries and after surgery. And there’s chronic pain, which can linger months—even years. Physical therapists have long been recognized for their roles in preventing and treating acute pain. Today, there’s increased emphasis on physical therapists’ roles in helping patients with chronic pain.

Physical therapists are trained to administer treatments that […]

Physical Therapists Help People Achieve Fitness throughout Their Lives

World Physical Therapy Day is around the corner, on September 8, 2013. And the message that physical therapists are sending to people to create awareness about what they do is: Physical therapists can help people become fit and active contributors to society, whatever their physical limitations or stage of life.

Physical therapists treat millions […]