Detailed guides to painful problems, treatments & more

Treatments for Pain

An index of science-based, opinionated reviews about what works for pain, what doesn’t, and why

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Spinal manipulation: one of the classic treatment options. But does it actually work?

There are countless treatments for people in pain, most of them of dubious value. Scams are everywhere! But so is evidence-based hope. Get started with a big compilation of pain survival tips, with links to dozens more articles about popular DIY treatments like self-massage, ice or heat, or the amazingly controversial Epsom salts. I also review major therapy methods like massage, chiropractic, and acupuncture. Or read an opinionated guide to all the kinds of professionals who might be able to help.

This is a collection of reviews of treatments, but there are also many guides to common painful conditions, plus many articles about how pain works.

Exercise! The closest thing there is to a miracle drug

Massage therapy: everyone’s favourite luxury therapy

Why so much content about massage? It’s the most popular of all the major “alternatives” to medicine for chronic pain — and the most uncritically accepted. Also, I used to be a massage therapist.

Chiropractic: perpetually the most controversial health care profession

Medications & supplements

Tools, gadgets & hardware

Hydrotherapy

Injections, surgeries (mostly minor surgeries)

Energy medicine & “subtle” therapies

Mind-body and psychology

Consumer tips, advocacy & anti-quackery activism

Hard to categorize, but still important