Joint Pain, Aging, and Arthritis – Understand Your Pain

Joint Pain: Causes and Pain Relief Options

It’s a serious problem, because pain can affect every aspect of your life. “Pain is not only the experience of hurting; it affects how you handle your life, your livelihood, your interactions with family and friends,” Raymond Gaeta, MD, director of pain management services at Stanford Hospital & Clinic at Stanford University, tells Gaeta recently published a nationwide telephone survey with some stunning results: Nearly one in five (19%) had chronic pain like that caused by arthritis. Yet nearly half said they didn’t know what caused their pain. The vast majority (84%) were taking over-the-counter drugs for their pain.

“The problem is, we’re used to the body healing itself naturally, so we always expect that to happen,” Gaeta tells “With chronic pain, we put up with it, we try pain relievers, but we don’t always see a doctor. That’s the problem — people need to talk to their doctors. There are many techniques for pain