Chronic Pain Blog Posts

Is My Back Pain Caused by a Pinched Nerve or Degenerated Disc?

Superior, posterior view of a herniated disc in the lumbar spine.
Pain arising from spinal abnormalities are typically caused by a pinched nerve or a degenerating disc. Getting the correct diagnosis is key to finding a solution.

11 Ways to Keep Gardening with Back Pain

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If you love gardening, keep up your hobby by following these simple tips and adaptations to minimize back pain during long periods of planting.

How to Describe Your Chronic Sciatica to Friends and Family

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Here are some tips to help you talk about your sciatica symptoms with others and find a sympathetic companion on your chronic pain journey.

5 Little-Known Tips for Sleeping With Chronic Pain

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Try to incorporate these 5 little-known tips in your daily schedule to help you gain a healthy sleep routine and get a good night’s rest.

4 Big Reasons Why Back Pain Is Hard to Diagnose

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Learn about the common challenges in diagnosing back pain and how they may be avoided.

Painkillers Can Sometimes Increase Chronic Pain

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While opioid medications are commonly prescribed to help manage pain, long-term use may actually cause an increased sensitivity to pain. Here’s how and potential alternative treatments.

7 Ways to Relieve Back Pain Naturally

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Explore 7 unique methods to relieve back pain without medications and through natural sources.

4 Commonly Overlooked Sciatica Remedies

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If you have tried the common sciatica treatments and if your symptoms continue to bother you, try these 4 overlooked and effective remedies to relieve your sciatica pain.

7 Back Pain Conditions That Mainly Affect Women

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Women typically encounter back pain more often than men, regardless of age. Here are 7 common causes of back pain in women and the typical symptoms that they may cause.

9 Lesser-Known Tips for Easing Neck Pain

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When conventional pain control methods don’t work, consider trying lesser-known methods, like acupuncture and holistic treatments.