Nutrition and pain

Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2015 May;26(2):309-20. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2014.12.006.


Research is providing compelling evidence for Hippocrates' oft quoted "Let food be thy medicine." Despite this, most graduating physicians receive only a few hours of instruction about nutrition and coaching to help patients change their eating habits. Appropriate nutritional interventions may be one of the most useful tools doctors have to improve overall health outcomes in their patients and specifically reduce inflammation. Whether doctors choose to do this themselves or collaborate with other professionals trained in nutritional coaching, the benefits of attending to nutritional status can enhance outcomes of other therapies.

Keywords: Antioxidants; Diet; Healing; Inflammation; Integrative pain medicine; Microbiome; Micronutrients; Nutrition.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Pain / diet therapy*
  • Diet*
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Pain Management