Block pain signals by applying an ointment that contains capsaicin, a substance found in cayenne peppers, to the painful area four times a day
Try nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin (Genuine Bayer, Ecotrin), ibuprofen (Advil, Mortin IB), or naproxen (Aleve), or paracetamol (Tylenol) to relieve mild pain
Take part in a prescribed exercise programme to boost the production of your body’s natural painkillers
See a qualified practitioner for treatments that activate pain-killing pathways
Make an appointment with your doctor to find out if your pain is being caused by a treatable condition
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