Start a new chapter in your life using these often overlooked tips

Contributor: Pain management specialist Teresa M. Dews, MD 

Managing chronic pain involves working with your physician to identify the cause of your pain, and it often means getting on a treatment regimen to help control it. Pain therapies — including medications, nerve blocks, injections and physical therapy — may be part of that regimen, but your choices also play a part.

Quality sleep, a healthy diet and effective stress management are three lifestyle factors that can minimize pain. You can be proactive at improving these three, with guidance from your physician.

But that’s not all. Three additional factors that are often overlooked —  movement, mindset and monitoring — can also help you control your pain.

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1. Moving your body

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