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The Opioid Epidemic: Why Your Prescribing Habits Matter

The Opioid Epidemic: Why Your Prescribing Habits Matter

If physicians have a genuine interest in acting with beneficence and nonmaleficence, they should recognize that their prescribing habits have significant consequences for their patients.

Dealing With The Demand For Opioids: A Clinician's Guide

Dealing With The Demand For Opioids: A Clinician's Guide

Anthony Mariano, PhD, gives insight into dealing with patients' demands for opioids.

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Increasing evidence supports the notion that an individual's specific response to pain or pain treatments may be affected by particular gene polymorphisms.

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

An interview with Penney Cowan, founder and chief executive officer of the American Chronic Pain Association, where she discusses the ACPA's publication aimed at helping healthcare practitioners improve care of patients with chronic pain.

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a report on cannabis and cannabinoids, outlining current knowledge and giving recommendations for future research.

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

PACC Updates Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

The updated guidelines address guidance on dosing, including reduced starting and maintenance dosing, and safety precautions for diagnosing and treating complications.

Continual Chronic Pain Domain Assessment Improves Diagnosis and Treatment

Continual Chronic Pain Domain Assessment Improves Diagnosis and Treatment

Chronic pain management is dependent on the continuous assessment of pain to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain

New Pain Scale Developed to Better Assess Impact of Chronic Pain

Researchers have developed a new self-reported pain scale utilizing more detailed descriptions of patient activity patterns

Are Physicians Equipped to Handle Consequences of Medical Cannabis Use?

Are Physicians Equipped to Handle Consequences of Medical Cannabis Use?

Cannabis-related poison control calls and hospital discharges spike with wider availability.

Revisiting Whether Stronger Opioids Are More Effective in Noncancer Pain

Revisiting Whether Stronger Opioids Are More Effective in Noncancer Pain

Are we overestimating the efficacy of step III analgesics?

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Multiple Factors to Consider When Selecting NSAIDs for Arthritis

Multiple Factors to Consider When Selecting NSAIDs for Arthritis

Factors to be considered when choosing the correct NSAID for arthritis include effectiveness, concurrent health conditions, and frequency of use.

Psychosocial Interventions May Improve Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery

Psychosocial Interventions May Improve Outcomes in Orthopedic Surgery

Psychosocial interventions such as patient education and relaxation techniques may help reduce pain after orthopedic surgery and improve quality of clinical care.

Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Intravenous Ketamine for Chronic Pain

Consensus Guidelines for the Use of Intravenous Ketamine for Chronic Pain

A panel of experts formulated consensus guidelines for physicians who use intravenous ketamine infusions to treat chronic pain.

Increased Rates of Opioid- and Injection Drug Use-Related Septic Knee Arthritis

Increased Rates of Opioid- and Injection Drug Use-Related Septic Knee Arthritis

The percentage of patients with septic arthritis related to opioid or injection drug use was found to have increased from 2000 to 2013.

Anesthetic-Loaded Bone Cements May Accelerate Post-Reconstruction Recovery

Anesthetic-Loaded Bone Cements May Accelerate Post-Reconstruction Recovery

Calcium phosphate cement loaded with bupivacaine vs ropivacaine may accelerate functional recovery after bone reconstruction surgery and maintain bone-filling properties.

Benefit of Liposomal Bupivacaine for Pain in TKA Questioned

Benefit of Liposomal Bupivacaine for Pain in TKA Questioned

Liposomal bupivacaine use in patients undergoing TKA is not associated with clinically meaningful reductions in inpatient opioid use.

Vertebroplasty Comparable With Placebo for Acute Vertebral Compression Fractures

Vertebroplasty Comparable With Placebo for Acute Vertebral Compression Fractures

Percutaneous vertebroplasty for acute osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures may not provide analgesic benefits superior to a sham procedure.

Regional Anesthesia Tied to Lower Opioid Use in TKA, THA

Regional Anesthesia Tied to Lower Opioid Use in TKA, THA

Regional anesthesia is associated with a lower opioid consumption in both knee and hip replacement surgeries, compared to general anesthesia.

Education Plus Exercise, Single Corticosteroid Injection Effective in Long Term for Gluteal Tendinopathy

Education Plus Exercise, Single Corticosteroid Injection Effective in Long Term for Gluteal Tendinopathy

Education combined with exercise as well as a single corticosteroid injection may be more effective than a wait-and-see approach for alleviating gluteal tendinopathy-associated pain.

Gluteal Loading Exercise May Not Improve Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

Gluteal Loading Exercise May Not Improve Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome

Adding an exercise regimen to a comprehensive educational program for the management of greater trochanteric pain syndrome may not bring significant benefit.

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