If the mere thought of running out of ibuprofen sends you into a panic, you’re far from alone. One in four Americans—the majority of them women—get sidelined by an achy back, neck, head or joints. In one government survey, more than half of them reported their agony lasted three months or longer.
Chronic pain can affect our relationships and our job performance. But experts say there is no reason to wince through your days needlessly. “There are options available,” says pain specialist Scott Glaser, M.D. a Director at Large of the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. “We are now able to find the source of the pain, treat it and control it, and give individuals back their quality of life.” Find out how to treat the most common pain complaints.