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that hurts! A
lthough you know what it’s like to feel pain, you may not give much thought to the type of pain that you’re experiencing. Short-term or acute pain applies to something like a twisted ankle or sprained wrist while long-term, continuous pain (also known as persistent or chronic), covers most back pain.
PAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAMMES are
WHETHER YOUR PAIN IS RECENT OR LONG TERM, MINOR OR SEVERE, DON’T GRIN AND BEAR IT, START TREATING IT…
codeine, are good pain management tools, helping to numb the ache.
ANALGESICS AND NON STEROIDAL ANTI INFLAMMATORY DRUGS
(NSAIDs), such as aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen can be used to treat osteoarthritis. Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are used to help ease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and to slow the progression of the condition. available at specialist pain clinics and include a combination of group therapy, exercise, relaxation and education about the psychology of chronic pain.
WORDS: Carly Rigley | PHOTOGRAPH: Shutterstock
Almost 10 million Brits suffer pain daily, with a major impact on their quality of life. Back pain can affect anyone but it’s more common in those aged 35 to 55. Lower back pain will affect seven out of 10 people at some point in their lives. OSTEOARTHRITIS, a common form of arthritis that can be caused by wear and tear on the joints, often develops in people aged 40 to 60 and is more common with age. Around 12% of people aged 65 and over are affected by the condition. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, which is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inﬂammation of the joints, affects 1-3% of the population and often starts between the age of 30 and 50. Women are three times more likely to be affected than men. One in 1,000 children develops arthritis. TENSION TYPE HEADACHES, affect many people once or twice a month, around 3% of people will have a tension-type headache almost every day. Migraines are common, affecting one in four women and one in 12 men.
Treating pain effectively
such as paracetamol or mild opiate-based painkillers, such as
OVER THE COUNTER PAINKILLERS
based on the belief that the way you feel reﬂects the way you see things, and studies have shown that CBT can help manage chronic back pain. People who educate themselves to respond differently to pain by using stress management, relaxation techniques and a positive attitude, reported reduced pain levels. SURGERY is sometimes used to treat severe osteoarthritis. It may also be used in serious cases of chronic, long-term back pain when the symptoms do not respond to any other forms of treatment, they get progressively worse over a short period of time, or there is an identiﬁable cause for the pain.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY CBT , is
A revolutionary idea to relieve you from painful conditions without the need for pills or surgery ● PEMF uses moving magnets, energy waves that changes the way your body copes with pain. ● PEMF has helped millions of people become healthier, rebound from illness and injury, and improve their quality of life. ● It is one of the most e cient and cost-e ective forms of preventive
REDUCE PAIN WITH PULSED ELECTRO MAGNETIC FIELDS PEMF
healthcare, and it can be used to improve performance in sports, business and virtually any area of human endeavour. ● PEMF also boosts the development of immune system cells, and reduces output of prostaglandins involved in in ammation. Circulation and nutrient absorption is improved. ■
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011
A DOCTOR’S WELCOME
SAVE THE DATE
A SENSITIVE TOUCH
UNDER THE HOOD
CELEBRITY HEALTH SECRETS
THE BIG INTERVIEW
WHAT A MARVEL
OUCH, THAT HURTS
A HAPPY HEART
WAVE GOODBYE TO SMOKING
THE LOWDOWN ON DIABETES
HARD TO STOMACH?
ARTHRITIC AND UNDER 30?
BOOST YOUR BONE DENSITY
TRYING TO CONCEIVE?
ON THE BALL
CAN HE BREAK HIS PENIS?
TIME FOR A TOP UP
ULTRA SWIFT SUPPERS
SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE EATING RIGHT?
GLUTEN-FREE FOODS ON TEST
AGE-PROOF YOUR FACE
TOP HEALTH TIPS
DON’T SWEAT IT
AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011