Treating pain: Overview

Published by Mayo Clinic

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Pain is part of life. But pain doesn't have to rule your life. Advances in medicine and technology have created a wide range of options for treating pain.

Medications are the most common form of treatment for both acute and chronic pain. When used appropriately, a medication can help reduce pain, and most individuals experience only limited, if any, side effects from the use of pain medications. Many people also find relief using non-medication options, such as physical therapy, acupuncture and dietary supplements.