supplements Don’t spend too much time and effort on supplements without trying other treatments first. Supplements rarely reach the target joint or muscle in significant quantities (if they did cross the intestine and target tissue that easily, many supplements would be lethal!) diets Diet is arguably the single most important factor in resolving chronic pain: stick with your plan in order to rigorously test dietary variables. topical Topical pain treatments are nearly always preferred to ingested pain treatments. Why? Because of two things: safety and efficacy. medical Medical care, like all other treatment types, can be good, bad, or neutral. devices The only things that can be said in general for pain devices: they’re kind of exciting (technology! gizmos!) and they can approach pain from angles that pills don’t.