Articles on Pain series 2018

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A boy with a paper cut. Suzanne Tucker/Shutterstock.com

Why do paper cuts hurt so much?

Ouch! Who hasn't felt the effects of a paper cut and then cursed the gods or themselves for the injury? But have you ever wondered why they hurt so much? A professor of family medicine explains why.
Instructor Sensei Giuseppe of Kids Kicking Cancer Italy, teaching a young cancer patient in Bergamo, Italy, on June 6, 2018. Elimelech Goldberg/Kids Kicking Cancer Italy

Treating pain in children can teach us about treating pain in adults

Children with cancer often experience terrible pain. Adults who treat them are determined to lessen their suffering. Can the lessons from helping kids with cancer pain inform treatment for adults in pain?
Physical therapists Steven Hunter and Laura Hayes teach an unidentified patient lumbar stabilization exercises at the Equal Access Clinic in Gainesville, Florida. Maria Belen Farias, UF Health Photography

Physical therapy could lower need for opioids, but lack of money and time are hurdles

As the nation grapples with its opioid addiction epidemic, one solution for many with chronic joint pain and back pain could be physical therapy. But it's often underutilized. Here's why.
As doctors have learned more about the types of pain, they can better tailor treatment. Dundanim/Shutterstock.com

A way around opioids: Target the type of pain for better pain relief

As knowledge of pain and the highly addictive nature of opioids has grown, so has the knowledge grown about pain and its origins. A pain specialist explains the intricacies, and how treatment is changing as a result.

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