Optimize Low Back Pain (NCT03859713)

The objective of this study is to improve health care for patients with chronic LBP and increase the likelihood that patients obtain outcomes that matter most to them. The investigators will accomplish our goal using a s...
Continue reading
Topics:

Peer-Support, Healing Hands Offers New Options to Patients with Chronic Pain on Prescription Opioids

A program providing group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may offer safe, extra relief to patients on prescription opioids, according to a study led by researchers at UC San Francisco. Full...
Continue reading

Acupuncture Relief for Chronic Neck Pain (NCT03859011)

This study will measure the effectiveness of "usual care" for chronic neck pain as defined in the protocol, compared with usual care plus acupuncture for chronic neck pain. This study's hypothesis is that combining acupu...
Continue reading
Topics:

Interdisciplinary Pain Management Approach May Reduce Opioid and Benzodiazepine Use in Chronic Pain Patients

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.

Continue reading

Smokers Are At High Risk for Low Back Pain, Hospitalization, and Opioid Use

Smokers are at high risk for low back pain, and also have higher rates of healthcare utilization and opioid use, and physicians should ask these patients about other comorbidities that may make their pain treatment more ...
Continue reading

Virtual Reality Intervention Shows Promise for Back Pain Patients Who Are Afraid to be Active

A new virtual reality physical activity intervention may be effective for people with chronic low back pain who avoid activity because of fear, helping them to become physically active once again, according to a new stud...
Continue reading
Topics:

Upbeat Attitude May Be a Pain Fighter

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD , comments in this HealthDay News article about a recent study in JAMA Network Open . Dr. Cheng suggests that adding optimism training to treatments such as cognitive behavioral thera...
Continue reading
Topics:

Chronic Pain Patients: The Baby with the Bathwater?

AAPM longtime member David Nagel, MD , spoke to the New Hampshire Medical Society about unintended consequence of the battle against the opioid epidemic, and the negative impact on chronic pain patients. Full story .

The IASP Classification of Chronic Pain for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11)

This article describes the current consensus proposal by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and the International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ISPRM) for a specific set of FPs ...
Continue reading
Topics:

New Medications Offer Improved Treatment for Alcohol Use Disorders, Chronic Pain, Mood Disorders

A team of researchers from Purdue University discovered that two peptides, which are naturally metabolic products of Rubisco, a large protein found in many plants like spinach, may aid in the development of new medicatio...
Continue reading
Topics: