April 14, 2010 |
Dunks bring cheers, not tears. But when Shannon Brown has been putting them in lately, the pain of slamming his right thumb, which is suffering from a bone bruise and a torn ligament, against the metal rim almost brings the Lakers guard to sobs. "It's tough," he said. "I've definitely dunked and had to put a smile on my face to stop from tearing up." He sustained that injury while blocking the shot of Indiana's Dahntay Jones on March 2.
April 4, 2011 |
Across cultures and language divides, people talk about the sting of social rejection as if it were a physical pain. We feel "burned" by a partner's infidelity, "wounded" by a friend's harsh words, "crushed" when a loved one fails us, "heartache" when spurned by a lover. There's a reason for that linguistic conflation, says a growing community of pain researchers: In our brains too, physical and social pain share much the same neural circuitry. In many ways, in fact, your brain may scarcely make a distinction between a verbal and physical insult.
July 5, 2010 |
Engineer George Lewis would like to move the soothing pain relief of ultrasound out of the doctor's office and into your medicine cabinet. The biomedical engineering student, who is about to receive his doctorate from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., is working on a coin-size device to make ultrasound pain relief available any time, anywhere. Doctors and physical therapists use ultrasound for pain relief for conditions such as muscle spasms, tendonitis, osteoarthritis and sciatica.
February 20, 2010 |
For veteran Emily Cook, the Olympics have been a case study of pain management. The 30-year-old freestyler from Park City, Utah, has been dealing with the lingering pain of a bruised left heel, which has limited her practice time at Cypress Mountain. She will test it on Saturday morning in qualifying for women's aerials. The favorites in the competition include Nina Li of China, her countrywoman Mengtao Xu and Lydia Lassila of Australia. Li was the silver medalist four years ago in Turin.
July 5, 2011 |
Massage therapy may hit the spot for people suffering from low back pain. A recent study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that two types of massage--relaxation and structural--improved function and pain for people with low back pain, compared with regular treatment. The study included 401 men and women age 20 to 65 who had nonspecific lower back pain. Two-thirds were randomly assigned to two types of massage: relaxation, or Swedish, massage, non-therapeutic massage not intended for helping with pain; and structural massage, which often concentrates on soft tissue and pain issues.
September 28, 2010
You've been dumped by a romantic interest you really liked. You've been passed over for a job by a boss you thought admired you. A group of friends is going out together, leaving you out of their plans. This kind of social rejection prompts your brain to send warning signals to your body that there's been a sudden tear in your personal social fabric, says a new study. Some of those signals you will undeniably feel -- the pain in your gut, the ache in your heart, the lump in your throat.
July 5, 2010 |
The other day, my 9-year-old son came in from throwing the football with his dad, sobbing in pain. My husband told me that he'd twisted his neck when he went out for a long pass; he assured me that there'd been no rough tackles or hard falls. I was initially sympathetic, dispensing a hug and comforting words. It was only when my son insisted that he couldn't possibly eat dinner at the table and needed to be served on the couch that I started to laugh. I had no doubts that his neck hurt him; in fact, I was sure that it did. But as a doctor, I was convinced that it was a minor injury, probably a muscle strain that couldn't hurt too badly.
April 28, 2007
Re "Study faults lethal injection," April 24 I am fed up hearing about prisoners suffering a little pain when being executed. What about the pain they caused the people they killed, and the ongoing pain the victims' families suffer long after their deadly deeds? We should be thinking of them, not of the prisoner having a little pain. The condemned deserve to suffer for what they did, and it should be more than just a little pain. RAY GARNETT Santa Clarita
February 13, 2013 |
Researchers at USC have made mice insensitive to near-freezing temperatures by deactivating select neurons, a development that could one day lead to new treatments for pain in humans. In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers used a bacterial toxin to kill neurons equipped with so-called TRPM8 channels, cellular structures that help relay sensations of cold. (The pathway is also responsible for sensing menthol, the cooling component of mint.) Neurons that sense heat and mechanical pain were left intact, however.
October 17, 1996
Re "Rethinking Approaches to Pain Relief" (Oct. 1): I agree that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are potentially dangerous in their potential to cause bleeding ulcers. I will also concede that acute pain after injury is part of the body's way to rest the affected area. However, I think it is somewhat simplistic for Dr. James F. Fries to say there is a sunny side to pain. Is it true that the new approach to treating lower back pain is to do nothing? I disagree. For example, acupuncture has been found to be very useful for this problem.