Chronic Pain

CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing May Have Effectively Reduced Opioid Prescribing Practices

CDC Guideline for Opioid Prescribing May Have Effectively Reduced Opioid Prescribing Practices

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain" may have contributed to a further reduction in several opioid prescribing practices.

MRI Indicates Sacroiliitis in Some Healthy Individuals

MRI Indicates Sacroiliitis in Some Healthy Individuals

Considerable proportion of healthy individuals without back pain have MRI positive for sacroiliitis.

CDC: About One in 5 US Adults Has Chronic Pain

CDC: About One in 5 US Adults Has Chronic Pain

Higher prevalence of chronic pain, high-impact chronic pain for women, older adults, rural residents.

Call to Better Investigate the Associations Between Sleep Disturbances and Chronic Pain

Call to Better Investigate the Associations Between Sleep Disturbances and Chronic Pain

Although literature indicates bidirectional associations between sleep disturbances and pain, few longitudinal studies have examined the role of sleep disturbances in contributing to chronic pain.

Graded In Vivo Exposure Elements May Benefit Chronic Lower Back Pain Management

Graded In Vivo Exposure Elements May Benefit Chronic Lower Back Pain Management

Integrating graded in vivo exposure into the management of chronic lower back pain may result in improved treatment efficacy and reduced pain-related fear.

Spinal Manipulation Plus Exercise Effective for Teen Low Back Pain

Spinal Manipulation Plus Exercise Effective for Teen Low Back Pain

Spinal manipulative therapy plus exercise more effective than exercise alone over 1-year period.

Low Literacy Self-Management Program for Chronic Pain May Be Effective

Low Literacy Self-Management Program for Chronic Pain May Be Effective

A low-literacy, pain self-management program delivered one-on-one by a health educator or in groups with lectures from experts over a period of 6 months may improve chronic pain outcomes.

Combination Therapies for Low Back Pain, Sciatica May Not Have Added Benefit

Combination Therapies for Low Back Pain, Sciatica May Not Have Added Benefit

There is a lack of evidence supporting the benefits of combination drug therapy over monotherapy for the management of low back pain and sciatica.

FDA to Review Novel Opioid Analgesic for Chronic Low Back Pain

FDA to Review Novel Opioid Analgesic for Chronic Low Back Pain

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This novel agent has low permeability across the blood-brain barrier, which slows its rate of entry into the brain and reduces dopamine release.

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

FDA Takes Steps to Reconcile Needs of Patients With Chronic Pain, Efforts to Curb Opioid Epidemic

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A panel discussion event held at the US Food and Drug Administration gathered patients with chronic pain and FDA officials, to reconcile concerns around prescriptions of opioid medications with the needs of these patient populations.

Stat Consult: Chronic Low Back Pain

Stat Consult: Chronic Low Back Pain

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Chronic low back pain (LBP) defined as persistent or fluctuating musculoskeletal pain of lower back and lumbar spine lasting >3 months.

Various Factors Affect Progress in Back-Related Leg Pain, Sciatica

Various Factors Affect Progress in Back-Related Leg Pain, Sciatica

Belief in a long recovery, many symptoms attributed to pain negatively tied to improvement

Recommendations for Perioperative Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Tolerance

Recommendations for Perioperative Pain Management in Patients With Opioid Tolerance

With the increasing number of patients presenting to surgery with opioid tolerance, clinicians should be familiar with their specific analgesic needs.

Psychological Interventions Beneficial for Chronic Pain in Older Adults

Psychological Interventions Beneficial for Chronic Pain in Older Adults

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Researchers found a positive but weak correlation between psychological interventions and chronic pain treatment in older adults.

Pain, Psychiatric Comorbidities More Common in Chronic vs Episodic Migraine

Pain, Psychiatric Comorbidities More Common in Chronic vs Episodic Migraine

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Individuals with chronic vs episodic migraine may be more likely to experience chronic back pain, chronic pain, neck pain, anxiety, and depression.

Elder Abuse Not Associated With Risk of Chronic Pain

Elder Abuse Not Associated With Risk of Chronic Pain

Findings based on two-year follow-up of a large, community-dwelling cohort in Malaysia

Neuroscience Education, Motor Control Training Ease Spinal Pain

Neuroscience Education, Motor Control Training Ease Spinal Pain

Pain neuroscience education, targeted motor control training more effective for chronic spinal pain

CBT vs Pain Education for Chronic Pain in Low-Income Clinics

CBT vs Pain Education for Chronic Pain in Low-Income Clinics

Group cognitive behavioral therapy and pain education may be more effective than usual care for improving pain and physical function in patients presenting with chronic pain at low-income clinics.

Tai Chi May Be Therapeutic Option for Fibromyalgia

Tai Chi May Be Therapeutic Option for Fibromyalgia

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Tai chi interventions may be more effective at treating fibromyalgia than aerobic exercise.

Nonopioids may be as effective as opioids for chronic pain

Nonopioids may be as effective as opioids for chronic pain

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Compared with opioids, nonopioid treatments may be equally beneficial for patients with chronic back pain or osteoarthritis hip or knee pain.

Talk therapy, modified for literacy level, helps ease chronic pain for disadvantaged populations

Both modified cognitive behavioral therapy and pain education interventions were associated with improved pain in patients with disadvantaged backgrounds.

Poor sleep exacerbates PTSD, chronic pain association in youth

Poor sleep exacerbates PTSD, chronic pain association in youth

The quality of sleep partly relieved the correlation between PSTD and pain intensity, interference.

Assessing lidocaine efficacy for chronic pain management

Assessing lidocaine efficacy for chronic pain management

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Intravenous, patch lidocaine might be effective in treating, preventing chronic pain.

Weight loss in obese individuals associated with reduced chronic pain

Weight loss in obese individuals associated with reduced chronic pain

Weight loss in obese individuals may lead to reduced pain, affect, and somatic symptoms associated with chronic pain.

Brief intervention may be beneficial for adolescents with chronic pain

Brief intervention may be beneficial for adolescents with chronic pain

A combination of psychoeducation, cognitive-based therapy, visualization, and breathing exercises may represent a tolerable and readily accepted complementary therapeutic approach for adolescent patients with chronic pain.

Opioids for chronic pain: a new clinical guideline from the VA and Department of Defense

Opioids for chronic pain: a new clinical guideline from the VA and Department of Defense

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

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.

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