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Pain and aches

Chronic pain

Chronic pain

Chronic pain continues long after your body should have completely healed. Learn more about living with chronic pain and how to manage it.

Young woman resting on couch holding stomach due to abdominal pain.

Abdominal pain

Suffering stomach cramps or tummy ache? Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatments of abdominal pain.

If you have back pain lasting longer than 6 weeks, you should see your doctor.

Back pain

Back pain is very common and affects most people at some point in their life. Learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments and how to preve...

Groin pain or swelling

Read this article for tips and advice on how to look after yourself if you are experiencing groin pain or swelling, and when to see your doctor.

Headaches

Headaches

Headaches are one of the most common health complaints, but most are easily treated. Find out about the different types of headaches and treatments.

A man seeking relief for his hip pain.

Hip pain

Hip pain is very common. Learn more about the signs, symptoms, treatments and self-care options and when to seek medical attention.

Old woman with joint pain and swelling.

Joint pain and swelling

Joint pain and swelling can affect any joint in the body, and is often accompanied by stiffness and aches. Read more to learn about joint pain and swe...

Knee pain is a common problem.

Knee pain

Knee pain is a common problem with a number of causes. Read about risk factors, symptoms, treatments and diagnosis.

Leg pain

Leg pain

Leg pain can be described as any feeling of pain or discomfort in the area between your groin and ankle. Depending on the cause, leg pain can vary fro...

Muscle aches and pains are common.

Muscle aches and pains

Muscular aches and pains can be caused by unaccustomed use of ligaments, tendons or the soft tissues that connect muscles. Here’s a list of trusted ar...

Nerve pain (neuralgia)

Nerve pain can feel like a shooting, stabbing or burning sensation. There are many ways to treat it, such as traditional pain relief medicines, exerci...

Paracetamol is a pain relief medicine.

Paracetamol

You can take paracetamol for mild to moderate pain. Here’s some information on how paracetamol works, when you should not take it and possible side ef...

Gas can help relieve the pain of labour.

Pain relief during labour

Learn about the different ways to relieve pain during childbirth, and how your support person can help you.

Painful periods

Painful periods are most common in young women, and the pain tends to ease as women get older. Learn more about the symptoms and treatments.

Painful sex for women

Experiencing pain or discomfort during sex is fairly common, but in some cases there is an underlying cause.

Shoulder pain has many different causes.

Shoulder pain

Pain in the shoulders has many different causes and may occur in the joint itself, or in the many muscles, tendons and ligaments in the shoulders.

Girl with sore throat

Sore throat (pharyngitis)

A sore throat is normally a symptom of a bacterial or viral infection and is common with a cold or flu. Learn more about the self-care of sore throats...

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Making Sense of Pain - Pain Management - painHEALTH

Learn how to make sense of pain to identify what types of pain you experience and how to approach and co-manage your pain through parts of the pain jigsaw

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Pain and Sleep

Pain disturbs sleep. Pain can make your sleep lighter, increase the number of times you wake up or prevent you from returning to sleep once awoken.

Read more on Sleep Health Foundation website

Pain Conditions - painHEALTH

Clinically supported, in-depth information about a range of musculoskeletal pain conditions to help you better understand your musculoskeletal pain

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Back pain - myDr.com.au

Most Australian adults will experience low back pain at some time. Most uncomplicated low back pain resolves after a period of active recovery in 4 weeks.

Read more on myDr website

Pain Management - painHEALTH

Learn how to co-manage your muscularskeletal pain conditions through our range of evidence-based pain management tools, advice, tips and skills

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Pain: what is going on? - NPS MedicineWise

Pain is a way for the brain to alert the body to potential danger. It is experienced in many different ways, and there are many different treatments for managing pain. Find out more.

Read more on NPS MedicineWise website

Effective ways to help back pain - Choosing wisely

There are effective ways that you can relieve back pain and help with your recovery, including staying active, thinking positively, and taking pain relievers.

Read more on Choosing Wisely Australia website

Topical medicines for musculoskeletal pain

Topical analgesics are rubbed in to the skin for the temporary relief of muscle or joint pain. Find out more about these over-counter-medicines

Read more on NPS MedicineWise website

Exercise and Lower Back Pain

Exercise is great medicine for lower back pain. You can choose from many options of exercise so find out more about what may suit you!

Read more on Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) website

Acute short-term low back pain - Choosing wisely

The exact cause of low back pain can be difficult to identify. Download a factsheet about managing back pain.

Read more on Choosing Wisely Australia website

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