Your Diet Can Be an Alternative to Painkillers 

These safe foods can help reduce your pain.

What Do You Know About Taking Care of Your Back?

Oh, my aching back! Back pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to the doctor's office. But how serious is it? Take this quiz and see how much you know about back care.

1. How many vertebrae are in the spinal column?
2. How many Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime?
3. What's the most common cause of backaches?
4. Which article of women's clothing stresses the back the most?
5. Which of these symptoms may indicate a serious back strain or injury?
6. How long should you rest in bed if you experience back pain?
7. Which of these is the proper way to avoid straining your back when you lift a heavy object?
8. An older woman who experiences localized back pain may be suffering from which of these?
9. Which position rests your back best when you sleep?
10. What's the best way to prevent lower-back pain?

7 Myths about Back Pain 

You'll hear any number of them in ordinary conversation; don't fall for these common misconceptions.


A Mind-Body Approach to Fibromyalgia  

A broader perspective on a baffling condition includes training your brain to work with your body while a doctor treats physical symptoms.


Is Surgery Really the Answer for Your Back Pain? 

Your treatment options should first include remedies such as exercise, chiropractic, acupuncture, and bodywork.


When Bursitis Beats Up Your Joint 

Bursitis can make simple movements of your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee seem monumental.


What You Can Do About Neck Pain  

There’s plenty of self-help advice and professional treatment, but proceed cautiously.


The Mystery of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 

The cause is unknown and the pain, which feels like intense burning, can be crippling.


Explaining Rheumatoid Arthritis to Family and Friends 

Most people have good intentions and want to help when you’re not feeling well. It’s when you look perfectly fine, that they don’t understand and sometimes don’t believe you are in pain.


How to Explain Your Pain to Your Doctor 

A scale of one to 10 isn’t ideal.


5 Surprising Sources of Pain 

Your thyroid or insomnia could be culprits.


Yoga for Better Posture 

We offer you yoga poses to relieve your neck pain and improve your posture.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome May Start in Your Immune System 

Immune system markers show this physical disease is not “all in your head.”


How to Protect Your Hearing if You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis  

Rheumatoid arthritis can harm more than joints – it can damage your hearing, too.


Americans Plagued by Chronic Pain Look for Relief 

Some say they need solutions for the emotional, behavioral, and mental toll, too.

Take the Alternative Arthritis Treatment Quiz

Find out how much you know about alternative arthritis treatments.

1. Acupuncture, the practice of using fine needles at specific sites on the skin to treat illness, can relieve arthritis pain in some people.
2. It's safe to take Ayurvedic herbs along with your regular arthritis medication.
3. Meditation appears to benefit the immune system and may affect the nervous and vascular systems, which in turn affect joint health.
4. Tai chi can help relieve pain and improve range of motion and balance.
5. Homeopathy is recommended for treating arthritis pain.
6. Taking cod liver oil will help joints move more smoothly.
7. Although some people swear by bee venom as an arthritis treatment, few studies have been done on its effectiveness.
8. Copper bracelets help relieve arthritis symptoms by releasing small amounts of this metal through the skin.
9. Chondroitin sulfate, a dietary supplement for arthritis, is made from lobster shells.
10. If you have significant arthritis in your neck, you should avoid having your neck manipulated by a chiropractor.