Pain is something we have all experienced, some more frequently and with greater intensity than others. We may experience it as a result of a specific condition or after a procedure. As we get older, the frequency of pain may increase as we develop conditions such as osteoarthritis. For those who suffer from chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts more than three months, it is common to turn to painkillers and NSAIDs to help manage it. These drugs often come with side effects that should be carefully considered. Before taking medications, there are alternative treatments that can help manage your pain, such as exercise, acupuncture or mindfulness. Pain is an important and challenging issue, but it’s imperative that any management options provide benefits that outweigh their risks.