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July 5, 2010 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | Staff And Wire Reports
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.
September 3, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
Rafael Nadal would be the first to say he's coming back from sore knees and it's no big thing. Richard Gasquet would be the first to say he's coming back from a raw deal and it's a huge thing. The two young tennis stars played a first-round match on center court at the U.S. Open on Wednesday. Nadal won, as expected. Gasquet showed flashes of brilliance in the 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 defeat, as expected. But this was much more than your routine match. This one had connections, multiple story lines and an off-court soap opera.
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
April 23, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Unless there is some recognized analgesic effect of rolling a joint, lighting it up and deeply inhaling the by-products of marijuana combustion, then it stands to reason that you could distill the psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, and formulate it into, say, a capsule. Doing so would combine the relief that comes with smoked marijuana with the ease of a pill and the quality control that comes with approval by the Food and Drug Administration. Poof! Up in smoke goes the debate about medical marijuana.
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.
July 6, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Many people who suffer with lower back pain rely on glucosamine supplements for some relief. But does the stuff really work? A new study shows that glucosamine was no different from a placebo in treating lower back pain. The study, released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn., was a large, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial that included 250 adults with chronic lower back pain. It was conducted at the Oslo University Outpatient Clinic in Norway. Chronic lower back pain plagues millions of people in the U.S., and treatments include physical therapy, medication and the use of glucosamine supplements.
July 5, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
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.
October 5, 1991
Your article "The Accelerated Search for Relief From Pain" (Column One, Sept. 22) by Anne Roark was well done. You are right about the lack of emphasis on acute pain, such as that after an operation, in medical literature and education. I believe that you exaggerated the ignorance of most surgeons about proper management of postoperative pain. We have had Patient Controlled Analgesic machines (they aren't expensive) and epidural catheters in this community for six years and they are widely used.
February 23, 2003
Regarding "Is Flying a Pain in the Ears? These Suggestions May Help" (Healthy Traveler, Jan. 26): I have always experienced problems on descent. On my first flight, as a 10-year-old traveling solo, I had no way of coping aside from screaming in pain. Flight attendants suggested yawning, but it was ineffective. A simple remedy, omitted from the article, works for me: I chew gum from shortly before descent until landing. I also use the Valsalva maneuver as needed. Julie Bixby Huntington Beach
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