Slump stretching may be beneficial to individuals with low back pain — based on very low to moderate quality evidence — according to a meta-analysis published in Pain Medicine. Slump stretching is achieved when sitting in a slouched position (ie, with thoracic and lumbar flexion and a posterior pelvic tilt) and actively flexing one’s cervical spine as far…
Conventional approaches to treatment of opioid-induced constipation include the use of treatment modalities that address non-opioid-related constipation as well as new medications that target the OIC mechanism of action.
Substantial, conclusive evidence of therapeutic efficacy found for 85.5% of qualifying conditions.
At 1 month, no significant difference seen in positive outcomes for treatment vs control.
Prescribers receiving opioid-specific payments prescribed 8784 more opioid daily doses per year.
Buprenorphine-naloxone may be more cost-effective than extended-release naltrexone as first-line treatment for opioid use disorder.
As the government shutdown drags in to its second month, physicians who treat opioid use disorders are being backed against a wall.
Opioids may only provide limited benefits for the management of chronic noncancer pain and may be associated with a greater risk for vomiting.
A task force of the International Association for the Study of Pain proposes a classification of chronic pain as either chronic primary or chronic secondary pain, when chronic pain represents the major complaint and when chronic pain is secondary to a chronic disorder, respectively.
Significant differences seen in patterns of medication, health care use across back pain trajectories.
Regular and prolonged walking was found to be associated with a reduced the risk for low back pain in Koreans age >50.
Vial preparation sizes can be optimized to reduce drug wastage, reduce costs.
Implementation of an ultrarestrictive protocol for opioid prescriptions was found to be associated with reductions in the amount of opioids prescribed after abdominal and gynecologic surgery.
Federal government urged to make naloxone more widely available, easier to obtain, and cheaper.
For opioid-naive patients, early physical therapy tied to less opioid use in shoulder, neck, knee, back pain.
Choosing — or starting treatment with — manual therapy over opioid medications for the management of spine or shoulder may result in lower associated downstream costs.
Guidelines include use of lowest effective dose, smallest quantity of opioids needed for expected pain.
An intervention by community pharmacists consisting of sending elderly patients educational information on deprescribing of inappropriate medications resulted in higher levels of discontinuation of inappropriate medications within 6 months compared with those in patients who received usual care.
App can cut both severity of advanced cancer patients’ reported pain and hospital admissions.
Data identified both clinical and employment factors that may predict poor work outcomes in patients with axial spondyloarthritis.