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Poor management of surgery pain key contributor to opioid crisis
Poor management of surgery pain key contributor to opioid crisisApril 19, 2019 11:52 amExamining the role of inappropriate prescribing in global opioid crisisRead More
Neuromodulation Shown Potentially Safe, Effective for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Neuromodulation Shown Potentially Safe, Effective for Rheumatoid ArthritisApril 19, 2019 11:52 amNew York—A new bioelectronic medicine approach to treat autoimmune diseases using vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) demonstrated strong therapy adherence and significant reduction in rheumatoid arthritis after 24 months of therapy.Read More
Response: The ASBMR taskforce report is “dangerous” and “shameful”
Response: The ASBMR taskforce report is “dangerous” and “shameful”April 19, 2019 11:51 amA recent taskforce report charged by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) concluded that current evidence does not support the routine use of vertebroplasty for the treatment of pain from vertebral fractures. However, as someone who strongly believes the evidence supports the use of this procedure to alleviate pain, Douglas Beall has significant concerns about the impact this report will have on patient numbers.Read More
Researchers Suggest Headache, Low Back Pain Should Be Managed Together
Researchers Suggest Headache, Low Back Pain Should Be Managed TogetherApril 19, 2019 11:50 amBoston—A new systematic review has found a strong association between chronic low back pain and chronic headache. Given these findings, researchers urged a multidisciplinary approach to treating these patients, one that addresses both conditions rather than each in a vacuum.Read More
It’s important to keep tight controls on benzodiazepines
It’s important to keep tight controls on benzodiazepinesApril 19, 2019 11:50 amWhen I completed my residency training in 2017 I never imagined so much of my clinical efforts would be directed towards educating patients about controlled substances. As I stepped into clinical practice and took over patients who had long-term relationships with providers that had retired or moved to other positions I began to notice...Read More
Predicting Lumbar Range of Motion in Chronic Low Back Pain
Predicting Lumbar Range of Motion in Chronic Low Back PainApril 19, 2019 11:48 amLumbar range of motion in individuals with chronic low back pain may be predicted by task-specific, but not general, measures of pain-related fear, according to a study published in the European Journal of Pain.Read More
Pain Patients Get Relief From Regulation
Pain Patients Get Relief From RegulationApril 19, 2019 11:46 amIn a span of 24 hours, the prospects for chronic pain patients treated with opioid medication vastly improved. On April 9, the Food and Drug Administration made official what hundreds of doctors have been saying for years: Patients whose intractable pain is being treated with opioids should move off them slowly, if they are to be tapered at all.Read More
Low back pain is significantly improved in the majority of patients immediately after surgery for LSS
Low back pain is significantly improved in the majority of patients immediately after surgery for LSSApril 12, 2019 4:05 pmA recent study found that low back pain is significantly improved in 74% of patients immediately after surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis and that at two years, over two-thirds of patients continue to have significant relief of low back pain (LBP) symptoms...Read More
Cervical Nerve Root Block Effective on Cervical Herpes Zoster-Related Burden
Cervical Nerve Root Block Effective on Cervical Herpes Zoster-Related BurdenApril 12, 2019 4:05 pmUltrasound-guided cervical nerve root block (CRB) may be effective in reducing acute cervical herpes zoster (HZ)-related burden of illness and risk for postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), according to a study published in Pain Practice. Read More
Dysfunctional Low Back Pain in RA: Prevalence and Associated Factors
Dysfunctional Low Back Pain in RA: Prevalence and Associated FactorsApril 12, 2019 4:04 pmA set of factors, including more vertebral fractures, higher body mass index (BMI), and erosion of the vertebral endplate and facet, may be associated with dysfunctional low back pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study results published in the European Spine Journal.Read More

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