Snake Oil or Serious Medicine?
Acupuncture is one complementary and alternative treatment for pain relief that has been accepted by traditional Western medicine.

Snake Oil or Serious Medicine?

A closer look at alternative pain treatment options and why they may be right for you.

As long as pain and disease exist, there will be questionable products and services that falsely promise to cure our perennial maladies once and for all. Sure, the snake oil salesman’s pitch seems a bit suspicious, but it’s hard not to be wooed by the prospect of giving pain the boot, regardless of the price tag.

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  • Sore Knees Get a Shot of Relief

    Pain Management

    Sore Knees Get a Shot of Relief

    Viscosupplementation is shown to restore natural lubrication and ease pain when other treatments fail.

    The saying goes that the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Osteoarthritis (OA) sufferers will be happy to hear that their squeaky knees can finally get some much-needed attention thanks to viscosupplementation. To find out more about viscosupplementation—also known as injections...

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  • Is Sugar Sabotaging Your Diet?

    Exercise & Prevention

    Is Sugar Sabotaging Your Diet?

    Exercise alone isnt enough to ease arthritis pain; excess sugar could be the culprit of your weight-loss woes.

    If you have arthritis, the topic of exercise cannot be avoided. Research has shown the power of motion can increase mobility, reduce pain and even help you avoid the need for joint replacement surgery. As an added benefit, exercise helps you slim down to ease the load of weight on...

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  • Why Your Pain Relievers May Hurt Your Head


    Why Your Pain Relievers May Hurt Your Head

    Medication-overuse headache is a common problem; understanding why is the first step to preventing unnecessary pain.

    Headaches can literally be a pain in the neck when you have arthritis. For those with osteoarthritis (OA) of the spine, neck pain can be referred to the head, triggering migraine or tension-type headache—pain that is often treated with chronic use of medications. Even if you...

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  • Vitamin D Supplements Not Helpful for Knee Pain

    Pain Management

    Vitamin D Supplements Not Helpful for Knee Pain

    While enthusiasm for vitamin D’s potential for managing osteoarthritis (OA) pain has grown, a recent study presented at the European Congress of Rheumatology found that the supplement did not ease OA knee pain when measured using the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities...

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  • Medications

    Ask The Doctors: October 2015

    Increased risk of cardiovascular disease from NSAIDs... Radiofrequency ablation for back pain

    I recently read that taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as Advil®, for just a few weeks could increase my risk of heart attack and stroke. Is it safe to take these drugs, or should I stay away from them?

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