Pain Management

Evidence-Based Guidelines for Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has released new recommendations for the treatment for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA). It summarizes recommendations for both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments, including rehabilitation, management of patients with comorbid conditions, use of certain surgeries and approaches to patient monitoring.

Opiods Do Not Improve Physical Functioning or Disability in Patients with Neuropathic Pain

Compared with the lower and high dose opioid groups, NeP (neuropathic pain) patients not taking opioids had statistically lower disability and higher physical functioning scores, after adjusting for disease severity. Compared with patients prescribed opioid therapy on an ongoing basis, NeP patients who were not prescribed had statistically lower disability and higher physical functioning scores, after adjusting for disease severity.

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