Like everything else, the more/longer we use something, the faster it wears down—even our bodies! Our knees and other joints are particularly sensitive to this wear and tear.
In a multicenter database study of adults who had undergone surgery for spinal deformities, researchers say that those who had used narcotics daily on average had worse outcomes, such as longer intensive care unit stays and more severe postop disability, compared with those who did not use opioids preoperatively.
Motivation to move: Study finds mild exercise helps decrease pain and improve activity level in older adults
A low-impact exercise program in senior centers in New York City’s Chinatown and Flushing, Queens communities helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life for many participants, investigators found.
After participating in a single, 15-minute session of certain mind-body therapies, patients reported an immediate decrease in pain levels similar to what one might expect from an opioid painkiller.