Chronic Pain

More than half of US citizens have a chronic health condition

More than half of US citizens have a chronic health condition

Conditions such as chronic disease, mental illness, or substance abuse commonly overlap with each other and with poverty, which contributes to poor health.

Using neuroimaging in chronic pain management

Using neuroimaging in chronic pain management

Developments in functional, structural, and neurochemical imaging could help predict individuals with acute pain who are likely to progress to chronic pain.

Sedentary behavior linked to chronic pain in children

Sedentary behavior linked to chronic pain in children

Prepubertal children who regularly engage in sedentary behavior have an increased likelihood of experiencing various pain conditions.

Chronic visceral pain management

Chronic visceral pain management

Pain management specialists may have an important role to play in the treatment of patients with chronic visceral pain.

Acceptance and commitment therapy effectively treats chronic pain

Acceptance and commitment therapy effectively treats chronic pain

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Acceptance and commitment therapy can have positive outcomes in adults with chronic pain.

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Sleep problems in young adults associated with chronic pain later in life

Young adults with sleep problems have increased risks of developing chronic pain and experiencing worsening in pain severity.

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in primary care

CDC releases guideline for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in primary care

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The CDC's new guideline regarding opioid therapy for chronic pain focuses on balancing potential benefits and harms to the patient.

Monitoring program improves chronic pain management in primary care

Monitoring program improves chronic pain management in primary care

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Patient monitoring and pain specialist support can help primary care practitioners better manage their patients taking opioids for chronic pain.

50 million U.S. adults have chronic, severe pain

50 million U.S. adults have chronic, severe pain

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According to a study in the Journal of Pain, nearly 50 million adults in the United States live with chronic significant or severe pain.

PAMORA for opioid-induced constipation

PAMORA for opioid-induced constipation

Naloxegol functions as a peripherally acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist in tissues such as the gastrointestinal tract, thereby decreasing the constipating effects of opioids.

Chronic pain common in HIV patients

Chronic pain common in HIV patients

Chronic pain and depression symptoms are common among patients with HIV.

Patients with chronic pain do not discuss use of alternative therapies with clinicians

Patients with chronic pain do not discuss use of alternative therapies with clinicians

A significant number of pain patients who use alternative therapies have not discussed them with their clinicians.

Determine risk of chronic back pain with a clinical decision rule

Determine risk of chronic back pain with a clinical decision rule

Researchers have developed a way to determine back pain patients' risk for chronic pain.

Discuss pain self-management strategies with patients with HIV

Discuss pain self-management strategies with patients with HIV

Some HIV-positive patients may be employing harmful self-management strategies to cope with chronic pain.

Weighing the pros, cons of craniosacral therapy

Weighing the pros, cons of craniosacral therapy

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The benefits of CranioSacral Therapy may not outweigh the intensive training and medical costs associated with the treatment.

Abuse-resistant hydrocodone approved by FDA

Abuse-resistant hydrocodone approved by FDA

Hydrocodone bitartrate is difficult to crush, break, or dissolve, making it resistant to abuse.

Long-term opioid use ups mortality risk in patients with chronic pain

Long-term opioid use ups mortality risk in patients with chronic pain

Compared with patients without chronic pain, opioid users had higher risks of injuries and toxicity/poisoning resulting in hospital inpatient admissions.

Pain in a person with hepatitis C and a fatty pancreas


Pain in a person with hepatitis C and a fatty pancreas


An obese patient with chronic hepatitis C, diabetes, advanced cirrhosis, and fatty pancreas presents with chronic right-to-middle upper-abdomen pain.

Craniosacral therapy may be helpful, but not curative

Craniosacral therapy may be helpful, but not curative

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Due to the limited amount of high-quality human studies, craniosacral therapy should not be suggested as a first-line treatment.

Preventing chronic low back pain

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Identifying and modifying risk factors through engaging in preventative health activities is the key to achieving good health from head to toe, and is the backbone of primary care.

The special challenge of chronic pain

The special challenge of chronic pain

Failure to properly treat patients suffering legitimate chronic pain syndromes can result in a compounding of prescription pain-medication abuse.

Prescribing pain meds the right way

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Just 8% of participants in a study assessing how primary care patients who are prescribed opioids are tracked underwent urine testing, only half made regular visits to their prescribers and 23% received more than one early opioid refill.

Yoga a good remedy for low back pain

Yoga a good remedy for low back pain

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Two large studies have underscored the benefits of yoga for people suffering from low back pain.

Establishing patient treatment contracts for managing chronic pain

Establishing patient treatment contracts for managing chronic pain

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Pain is the one concern that more often than not prompts people to see a health-care provider, so adequately addressing these complaints can significantly influence the relationship you have with your patients.

Screening for functional deficits in older adults

Screening for functional deficits in older adults

Assessment of functional impairments in an aging population is one of the most daunting challenges facing primary-care clinicians.

Fibromyalgia diagnosis common, but challenging

Although Fibromyalgia is one of the most prevalent chronic pain diagnoses in the United States, no single laboratory or physical exam will help clinicians identify the disorder, a speaker told audiences at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 26th Annual NP meeting.

Misuse of pain meds a primary-care issue

Misuse of pain meds a primary-care issue

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A drastic shift in prescribing patterns is increasing the magnitude of opioid abuse in the United States.

Embeda tamper-resistant capsule design impedes opioid drug abuse

Researchers at the American Pain Society's 30th Annual Scientific Meeting discussed data from a review of spontaneous adverse events reported with Embeda (morphine sulfate and naltrexone HCl) treatment, with a focus on events potentially related to product tampering.

Fulranumab well tolerated but no clinical benefit for chronic low back pain

Fulranumab no more efficacious than placebo for treating patients with chronic low back pain.

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