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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?

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis

Topical NSAIDs: A Safe and Effective Option for Managing Osteoarthritis

OA affects over 20 million Americans and is most prevalent among the elderly, causing potentially debilitating symptoms of muscle weakness, pain, and joint stiffness.

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Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use Effective for Edema in Bone Marrow Lesions

Off-Label Bisphosphonate Use Effective for Edema in Bone Marrow Lesions

IV zoledronic acid and vitamin D reduces volume of bone marrow edema in patients with bone marrow lesions.

Three-Fourths of Patients Report Rx Opioids Kept in Unlocked Containers

Three-Fourths of Patients Report Rx Opioids Kept in Unlocked Containers

The reasoning for not taking prescribed opioids, the number of unused pills, method medication was stored and disposed of was assessed.

'Choosing Wisely' Linked to Small Reduction in Imaging for Back Pain

'Choosing Wisely' Linked to Small Reduction in Imaging for Back Pain

The 'Choosing Wisely" campaign was launched in order to reduce expenses forlow back pain visits.

Impoved Pain Relief After Total Knee Arthroplasty With SNB Plus FNB

Impoved Pain Relief After Total Knee Arthroplasty With SNB Plus FNB

SNB and FNB was more effective in pain relief for patients undergoing TKA.

Yoga Equally Effective as PT for Chronic Low Back Pain

Yoga Equally Effective as PT for Chronic Low Back Pain

In a randomized trial that compared the efficacy of yoga, physical therapy, and education for patients with chronic low back pain, yoga was deemed noninferior to PT.

Radiofrequency Denervation May Relieve Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

Radiofrequency Denervation May Relieve Thoracic Facet Joint Pain

Radiofrequency denervation of thoracic facet joints may provide pain relief comparable to pain relief achieved for cervical and lumbar facet joints.

Preferred Treatment to Reduce GI Bleeding Risk With NSAIDS in OA, RA

Preferred Treatment to Reduce GI Bleeding Risk With NSAIDS in OA, RA

Celecoxib plus a proton pump inhibitor reduces risk for recurrent upper gastrointestinal bleeding in patients with arthritis using NSAIDs who are at risk for cardiovascular, gastrointestinal events.

Spinal Manipulation Shows Modest Improvements For Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Shows Modest Improvements For Low Back Pain

A review and meta-analysis indicates that spinal manipulative therapy is linked to modest improvements in low back pain.

VA and DoD Practice Guideline Update: Opioids for Chronic Pain

VA and DoD Practice Guideline Update: Opioids for Chronic Pain

The Veterans Administration and Department of Defense issue an updated clinical practice guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain in veterans.

Corticosteroids Linked to Increased Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Corticosteroids Linked to Increased Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Researchers found a correlation between use of corticosteroids and increased odds of metabolic syndrome and elevated body mass index.

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