The Painkiller Sending Adults 55+ to the ER

En español | Tramadol, a prescription painkiller thought to be less risky than other narcotic pain meds, has caused a sharp spike in emergency room visits, especially among patients 55 or older, two new government reports have found. Tramadol is typically used for the management of moderate to severe pain, such as for after surgery and for ongoing pain from arthritis. It is the active ingredient in such brand name medications as Ultram, Ultracet, ConZip, Ryzolt and Rybix ODT. When …

A Pain In The Neck? Simple Exercises Or Chiropractic Beat Drugs For Relief

More than three-quarters of Americans have neck pain at some point in their lives, but there’s been little research on what treatments are the most helpful. Now a new study has a surprising answer: Chiropractic care or simple neck exercises done daily at home were much better at reducing pain than taking pain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen or even strong narcotics. And the relief provided by either exercise or spinal manipulation by a chiropractor was long-lasting — even up to a year …