Pain Management

Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Nerve Damage from Chemo

Neurofeedback Aids in Reducing Nerve Damage from Chemo

Clinically and statistically significant reductions in peripheral neuropathy were seen following neurofeedback.

Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation Superior for Axial Low Back Pain

Neural Targeting Spinal Cord Stimulation Superior for Axial Low Back Pain

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Spinal cord stimulation using precision approach via 3D neural targeting shows superior efficacy in treating chronic axial low back pain compared with a trial-and-error method to achieve desired paresthesia.

Self-Controlled Electric Stimulation a Good Alternative to Drug Therapy for Migraine

Self-Controlled Electric Stimulation a Good Alternative to Drug Therapy for Migraine

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Remote electrical stimulation appears to have similar efficacy to standard drug treatments, including triptans.

Acupuncture for Migraine: Is It Effective?

Acupuncture for Migraine: Is It Effective?

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A significant decrease in migraine frequency was observed, but it is not clear how large a role placebo effect plays in treatment response.

Cogniphobia in Migraine: The Fear and Avoidance of Thinking

Cogniphobia in Migraine: The Fear and Avoidance of Thinking

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Future research should focus on whether cogniphobia can be a modifiable factor in the treatment of patients with migraine.

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

Updated Guidelines for Treatment of Low Back Pain

The recommendations promote the use of hot compresses and physical therapy as first-line treatment of low back pain.

VIDEO: Opioid Addiction May Be Linked to Genetic Variant

New research suggests that opioid addiction may be linked to a genetic variant, and more personalized treatment may help those with the change.

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery May Improve Insomnia, Pain

Clinical Massage, Guided Imagery May Improve Insomnia, Pain

Interventions with clinical massage or guided imagery may help ease pain and anxiety in patients in a progressive care unit.

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

Opioid Abuse May Be Linked to Sudden-Onset Amnesia

The abuse of opioids or other substances may cause short-term amnesia.

Treating Pain in Depression May Help Improve Cognition

Treating Pain in Depression May Help Improve Cognition

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Effectively treating pain may help improve cognitive and functional outcomes in patients with depression.

Updated Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

Updated Guidelines on Intrathecal Therapy for Pain

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

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

FDA Updates Opioid Drug Label Information

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The FDA instituted widespread updates to product labeling for opioid medications in December, 2016.

Migraine Relief After Chiropractic Manipulation Likely a Placebo Effect

Migraine Relief After Chiropractic Manipulation Likely a Placebo Effect

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While likely a placebo effect, spinal manipulation may be an option for patients with migraine refractory to treatment.

Veterans Experience More Pain Than General Population

Veterans Experience More Pain Than General Population

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Rates of severe pain were significantly higher in veterans with back and jaw pain, severe headaches or migraine, and neck pain.

FDA Issues Warning for Children, Pregnant Women With Extended Exposure to Anesthetics

FDA Issues Warning for Children, Pregnant Women With Extended Exposure to Anesthetics

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The US FDA is requiring that label changes be made to reflect the risks involved with extended exposure to anesthetics and sedatives in children and pregnant women.

New Possibilities for Neuropathic Pain Treatment

New Possibilities for Neuropathic Pain Treatment

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Recent findings offer a new avenue for the development of peripheral analgesics with minimal adverse effects.

Practice Guidelines: Restless Legs Syndrome

Practice Guidelines: Restless Legs Syndrome

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The guidelines were developed by a group of RLS experts from the US and Europe who utilized the American Academy of Neurology's 2004 guideline development manual.

Is Vitamin D the Answer in Chronic Widespread Pain?

Is Vitamin D the Answer in Chronic Widespread Pain?

After treatment, there were marked decreases in visual analog scale (VAS)-pain, VAS-asthenia, severity of waking unrefreshed, tender point count, and Beck Depression Inventory.

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medication Overuse Headache

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Medication Overuse Headache

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Recovery time varies depending on which class of medication the patient is overusing.

Quality Improvements for Pain Management in the ER

Quality Improvements for Pain Management in the ER

The researchers observed a 47.5% increase in the percentage of participants who had a final pain score of 4 or less out of 10.

New Data Informs Algorithm to Diagnose, Treat Neuropathic Pain

New Data Informs Algorithm to Diagnose, Treat Neuropathic Pain

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The group developed the algorithm through a year-long process of reviewing relevant published data.

DEA Delays Decision to Ban Kratom

DEA Delays Decision to Ban Kratom

Kratom may be used to develop nonaddictive alternatives to opioids.

Alternative Treatments for the Management of Chronic Pain

Alternative Treatments for the Management of Chronic Pain

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Alternative treatments include endomorphins, spinal cord stimulation, and psychotherapy.

Consequences of Limiting Physicians' Prescribing of Buprenorphine

Consequences of Limiting Physicians' Prescribing of Buprenorphine

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Novice prescribers cited insufficient access to substance abuse counseling for patients, as well as insufficient access to more experienced prescribers, as reasons for not treating more patients.

Caffeine Cessation Tied to Improved Migraine Treatment Response

Caffeine Cessation Tied to Improved Migraine Treatment Response

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Abstinence from caffeine was independently associated with excellent acute treatment efficacy.

Should Pain Treatments Target the Brain or Body?

Should Pain Treatments Target the Brain or Body?

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Pain treatments often target either the brain or body, but data show that treatments often benefit both.

FDA Fast Tracks Potential Neuropathy Treatment

FDA Fast Tracks Potential Neuropathy Treatment

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The designation has been granted to potentially treat neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Gabapentin Use Does Not Affect Pregabalin Efficacy in Neuropathic Pain

Gabapentin Use Does Not Affect Pregabalin Efficacy in Neuropathic Pain

The researchers found that the extent of pain relief and relief of pain-related sleep interference did not differ between the +GBN and −GBN cohorts for any dose of pregabalin.

Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions

Acupuncture for Treatment of Chronic Pain Conditions

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A patient with a baseline pain score of 60 on a scale of 0 to 100 would be expected to have a pain score of 45 after a non-acupuncture intervention; 35 after a sham acupuncture intervention; and 30 after true acupuncture.

Pregabalin Improves Neuropathic Pain Regardless of Symptom Onset

Pregabalin Improves Neuropathic Pain Regardless of Symptom Onset

No significant differences in treatment response were seen between the different categories of pain duration.

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