Back Pain Treatment Costs, Opioid Use Drop When Patients Seek Immediate Care

Source: University of Central Florida A research team led by the University of Central Florida has evaluated how the use of physical therapy to treat acute low back pain ― and the timing of when treatment begins ― impact...
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Opioids After Surgery Can, Paradoxically, Prolong Pain

Source: University of Colorado Boulder Giving opioids to animals to quell pain after surgery prolongs pain for more than three weeks and primes specialized immune cells in the spinal cord to be more reactive to pain, acc...
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Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education Combined with Cognition-Targeted Motor Control Training on Chronic Spinal Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Source: JAMA Neurology Abstract: Importance: Effective treatments for chronic spinal pain are essential to reduce the related high personal and socioeconomic costs. Read more...
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Physician Prescribing of Opioids to Patients at Increased Risk of Overdose from Benzodiazepine Use in the United States

Source: JAMA Psychiatry Abstract: Importance: Recent increases in US opioid-related deaths underscore the need to understand drivers of fatal overdose. The initial prescription of opioids represents a critical juncture b...
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4-Week Mindfulness Program for Adults with Chronic Pain

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Stopping Long-Term Opioid Therapy Has No Effect on Pain

Source: OHSU Patients may experience no discernible difference in their level of pain after discontinuing the long-term use of opioids, new research suggests. Researchers examined the electronic health records of 600 pat...
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Surgeon General Public Health Advisory Urges More Americans to Carry the Opioid-Reversing Drug, Naloxone

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) applauds U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH comments urging more Americans to carry naloxone, a lifesaving me...
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AAPM Supports FDA in Development of Evidence-Based Opioid Prescribing Guidelines

A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) welcomes FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb's comments suggesting the development of evidence-based opioid prescribing guid...
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CÚRAM Researchers Find Potential New Treatment for Lower Back Pain

Source: NUI Galway, Ireland Professor Abhay Pandit and his research team at CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, have just published their research into a potential new treatment for lo...
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CMS Seeks Comments on Changes to E/M Documentation Guidelines

Source: Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant Date: April 4, 2018 In the November 2017 Final Rule, CMS sought comments on potential updates to the Evaluation and Management (E/M) Documentation Guidelines. CMS indicated ...
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