Men and Women Deal Differently With Pain

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A national leader in gender differences in medicine says physicians need to be aware women have differences than men in dealing with chronic pain, and another common condition called osteoarthritis, a joint disease caused by cartilage loss. 

 In the video, Kim Templeton, MD, orthopedic surgeon at The University of Health System, reports women are more likely to have chronic pain and process it differently from men. Dr. Templeton also notes that being a woman increases your risk of osteoarthrosis, and the symptoms can be distinct from men. Doctors may not realize that, and she says many women have been conditioned not to challenge their doctors, but that it’s OK to bring up the subject if their doctor does not, especially when it comes to joint replacement.