Pain Management

Superior Reduction in Osteoarthritis Knee Pain From Novel Hyaluronan Injection

Superior Reduction in Osteoarthritis Knee Pain From Novel Hyaluronan Injection

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A novel viscous gel-based formulation of hyaluronan was more effective in reducing pain and stiffness in patients with moderate knee osteoarthritis.

Cold Application on Trapezius Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain

Cold Application on Trapezius Decreases Fibromyalgia Pain

A 10-minute cold application on the trapezius muscle was tied to a significant decrease in pain score.

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

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

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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.

Efficacy of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

Efficacy of Internet-Delivered Cognitive Behavioral Pain Management for Fibromyalgia

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This research is especially important given that patients with fibromyalgia have difficulty attending treatment sessions in person.

How Effective is RF Denervation for Symptomatic Knee OA?

How Effective is RF Denervation for Symptomatic Knee OA?

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Radiofrequency treatment is an effective option for treating refractory chronic knee, hip, and shoulder joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.

Spinal Manipulation Shows Modest Improvements For Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Shows Modest Improvements For Low Back Pain

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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

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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

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

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Rituxan

FDA Grants Breakthrough Therapy Designation to Rituxan

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FDA gives breakthrough therapy designation to rituxan for treatment of pemphigus vulgaris and is indicated for treating rheumatoid arthritis

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

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

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

Intradiscal Glucocorticoid: Short Relief for Low Back Pain

Intradiscal Glucocorticoid: Short Relief for Low Back Pain

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A single glucocorticoid intradiscal injection will reduce chronic low back pain with active discopathy for 1 month but not 12 months after injection.

New Opioid Analgesic for Chronic Back Pain Achieves Positive Trial Results

New Opioid Analgesic for Chronic Back Pain Achieves Positive Trial Results

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New opioid analgesic, NKTR-181, being evaluated in the SUMMIT-07 Phase 3 study for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain.

Short-term Opioid Prescription Reduces Dependence

Short-term Opioid Prescription Reduces Dependence

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Researchers found that prescribing opioids to patients for 8 or more days increases likelihood of long-term dependence.

Axial Low Back Pain Relief From 3D Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation

Axial Low Back Pain Relief From 3D Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Study examines cohort of consecutive patients treated with 3D neural targeting spinal cord stimulation vs patients previously treated with a traditional SCS device.

Fatal Drug Overdoses More Than Doubled Since 1999, Says CDC

Fatal Drug Overdoses More Than Doubled Since 1999, Says CDC

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Heroin accounted for one-quarter of overdose deaths in 2015.

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines For Chronic, Non-cancer Pain Updated by the ASIPP

Opioid Prescribing Guidelines For Chronic, Non-cancer Pain Updated by the ASIPP

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Updated guidelines for chronic, non-cancer pain focus on safe and effective opioid prescribing practices.

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

Genotyping's Role In Predicting Optimal Opioid Dosing

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

Does Early PT for New Low Back Pain Decrease Subsequent Healthcare Use?

Does Early PT for New Low Back Pain Decrease Subsequent Healthcare Use?

No difference in health care utilization was seen in patients receiving early PT for a new episode of low back pain compared with those not receiving PT.

Chronic Knee Pain Reduced Via Internet-Delivered Home Exercise Therapy

Chronic Knee Pain Reduced Via Internet-Delivered Home Exercise Therapy

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Randomized trial evaluates improvements in pain and function using internet-based in-home exercise and pain-coping skills training.

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

Managing Patients With Chronic Pain: A Resources Toolkit

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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.

Low Back Pain Treatment Guidelines Released by ACP

Low Back Pain Treatment Guidelines Released by ACP

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New practice guidelines on the noninvasive treatment of low back pain have been issued by the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Effects of Depression in Children With Chronic Pain

Effects of Depression in Children With Chronic Pain

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Study suggests that functioning and pain interference should be routinely assessed in children with chronic pain.

Yoga Linked to Low Back Pain Relief

Yoga Linked to Low Back Pain Relief

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Review of studies finds small improvements in pain levels and function after 3 to 6 months of yoga.

Internet-Based Depression Prevention in Chronic Back Pain

Internet-Based Depression Prevention in Chronic Back Pain

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Methods to prevent depression could help reduce chronic back pain.

NSAIDs Limited For Providing Back Pain Relief

NSAIDs Limited For Providing Back Pain Relief

Only 1 in 6 patients who take NSAIDs for back pain achieved benefits from the therapy.

FDA Approves Expanded Efficacy of Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Treatment

FDA Approves Expanded Efficacy of Knee Osteoarthritis Pain Treatment

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The FDA has given its approval for 26-week treatment efficacy claims for Zimmer Biomet's knee osteoarthritis product.

Opioid Dose Reduction With Spinal Cord Stimulation

Opioid Dose Reduction With Spinal Cord Stimulation

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Spinal cord stimulation was found to help decrease or stabilize opioid use in patients with chronic pain.

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

Cannabis: Health Effects and Therapeutic Benefits

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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

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

Development of Three New Abuse-Resistant Opioid Formulations

Development of Three New Abuse-Resistant Opioid Formulations

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Due to the prevalence of prescription opioid abuse in the United States, the development of abuse-resistant pain medications has been a focus for many pharmaceutical companies.

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