Over-the-counter drugs, prescription medications, and surgery are proven methods of treating many types of chronic pain. Fortunately, youre not limited to those choices. An increasing body of evidence indicates that a variety of non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical measures may be effective in alleviating chronic pain. "Healthcare professionals now have an array of treatment methods, in addition to drugs and surgery, that can eliminate, reduce, or manage even the most stubborn cases of chronic pain," says Nagy Mekhail, MD, PhD, chairman of Cleveland Clinics Department of Pain Management. "These methods range from simple, short-term measures such as ice or heat applications to longer-term strategies that include exercise, diet, acupuncture, biofeedback, and relaxation techniques."