Brief Summary:Chronic pain affects 1 in 4 US adults, and many cases are resistant to almost any treatment. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) holds promise as a new option for patients suffering from treatment-resistant chronic pain, but traditional approaches target only brain regions involved in one aspect of the pain experience and provide continuous 24/7 brain stimulation which may lose effect over time. By developing new technology that targets multiple, complimentary brain regions in an adaptive fashion, the investigators will test a new therapy for chronic pain that has potential for better, more enduring analgesia.
Despite its prevalence, scientists do not know why some people develop chronic pain. A new study approaches this question from all angles, exploring the role of money and the mind.
A recent study in Pain Medicine finds that acupressure, a traditional Chinese medicine technique, can improve chronic pain symptoms in the lower back.
A novel opioid developed by researchers at Tulane University and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System is as strong as morphine but isn't addictive and causes fewer side effects, according to a new study published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation.
An Oregon committee has abandoned a controversial proposal that would have expanded treatment options for chronic pain patients under the Oregon Health Plan, but would have forced many to reduce dosages or discontinue prescription opioids.
Pain-related diseases are the top leading causes of life disability. Identifying brain regions involved in persistent neuronal changes will provide new insights for developing efficient chronic pain treatment. Here, we showed that anterior nucleus of paraventricular thalamus (PVA) plays an essential role in the development of mechanical hyperalgesia in neuropathic and inflammatory pain models in mice.
AAPM President Tim Lamer, MD contributed to this HealthyWomen article about the benefits of multidisciplinary chronic pain treatment, saying "It's more of a patient-centered, goal-oriented, holistic approach."
A new study led by a University of Florida Institute on Aging researcher has found the brain age of older adults with chronic pain had accelerated by an average of two years.
Major depression, obesity and chronic pain are all linked to the effects of one protein, called FKBP51. Researchers have now developed a highly selective compound that can effectively block FKBP51 in mice, relieving chronic pain and having positive effects on diet-induced obesity and mood.
This study will evaluate the efficacy of a recorded hypnosis intervention in reducing chronic pain among cancer survivors and will explore its biological and psychological mechanisms.
A research group at Hiroshima University observed a potential new target for chronic pain treatment. Further research using this receptor could lead to new, more effective drugs to use in pain-relieving treatment for chronic pain.
Oregon health officials have delayed consideration of a controversial change under the Oregon Health Plan that could have forced many patients with chronic pain off opioids.
AAPM Past President Sean Mackey, MD PhD, co-authored a BMJ editorial on how the national pain strategies are part of the solution in managing this twin crises.
A four-week interdisciplinary pain management program for worker's compensation patients with chronic pain significantly reduced their opioid and benzodiazepine use, according to a new study.