Treatment Effectiveness and Medication Use Reduction for Older Adults in Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation

To examine the effectiveness of an interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation program (IPRP) that incorporates medication tapering on improving pain-related and performance-based outcomes for older adults with chronic noncanc...
Continue reading

Case Series: Deep Brain Stimulation for Facial Pain

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been used for chronic pain for decades, but its use is limited due to a lack of reliable data about its efficacy for specific indications. Full story .

Delta Opioid Receptor Identified as Promising Therapeutic Target for Inflammatory Pain Relief

  Delta opioid receptors have a built-in mechanism for pain relief and can be precisely targeted with drug-delivering nanoparticles—making them a promising target for treating chronic inflammatory pain with fewer si...
Continue reading

New Injection Techniques for Treating Chronic Foot Pain

  AAPM member Steven Richeimer, MD discusses new research that focused on the various injection techniques that are used for addressing chronic pain and how effective they are in alleviating chronic foot pain. Full ...
Continue reading

Could Electrical Impulses Relieve Chronic Pain by Stimulating the Vagus Nerve?

A new microanatomical study investigated in detail spatial arrangements of the nerve fibers and blood vessels in the ear to position the electrodes in the ear. Until now, physicians had to rely on experience to place the...
Continue reading

The Psychedelic Science of Pain

AAPM member Tim Furnish, MD discusses preliminary findings that indicate that psychedelics, alone or as part of multi-pronged treatment, can produce significant, meaningful and lasting reductions of chronic pain conditio...
Continue reading

Weather Patterns Associated with Pain in Chronic-Pain Sufferers

The belief that weather influences people's health has been prevalent for millennia. Recent studies on the relationship between weather and pain for those who suffer from chronic pain remain indeterminate, with some stud...
Continue reading

Chronic Pain Management During a Pandemic

This is an open-label cohort study of chronic pain patients referred to an interdisciplinary community outpatient clinic. The aim of this study is to determine whether video consultations are non-inferior to regular cons...
Continue reading

The Comparative Effectiveness of Physical Exercise Interventions in Individuals With Chronic Non-Specific Neck Pain: Protocol for a Network Meta-Analysis

Neck pain is a global burdensome problem, with a large proportion of neck pain cases becoming chronic. Although physical exercise is a commonly prescribed treatment, the evidence on the effectiveness of isolated exercise...
Continue reading

How to Manage Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction During COVID-19

A Rutgers emergency medicine expert discusses challenges faced by chronic pain sufferers and people recovering from addiction during this period of social distancing. 

Continue reading

Public Health Expert Discusses Potential Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Access to Recommended First-Line Treatments for Chronic Pain

An article published immediately before the COVID-19 pandemic found that non-pharmacological treatments were not being used by patients with chronic low back pain as often as recommended in the CDC and ACP guidelines. An...
Continue reading

Guidance on Psychological Assessment and Management of Chronic Pain during the COVID-19 Crisis

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, people with pain may experience heightened pain intensity, and they may be at risk for pain-associated exacerbations in symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as family...
Continue reading

Researchers are Developing Potential Treatment for Chronic Pain

Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have developed a new way to treat chronic pain which has been tested in mice. With a compound designed and developed by the researchers themselves, they can achieve complete ...
Continue reading

Improving Care of Chronic Pain Patients with Spinal Cord Stimulator Therapy Amidst the Opioid Epidemic

The US government and other key stakeholders including professional medical bodies have amended recommendations in recent years to emphasize using no opioids or the lowest effective dose of opioids needed for treatment o...
Continue reading

COVID-19 and Chronic Pain Survey Report

In order to better understand the challenges the pain community is facing and find ways to help, U.S. Pain Foundation recently conducted a survey of 664 individuals with pain about the impact of COVID-19.

Continue reading

AHRQ Reports on Treatments for Chronic Pain

AHRQ completed three evidence reviews related to treatments for chronic pain. Final reports are available on the Effective Healthcare Website . Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain (An Update) Nonopi...
Continue reading
Topics:

CDC Seeks Perspectives on Management of Acute and Chronic Pain

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking stakeholders' perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including, but not limited to, the benefits and harms of opioid use. CDC invites inpu...
Continue reading

Loss of Nucleus Accumbens Low-Frequency Fluctuations Is a Signature of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a highly prevalent disease with poorly understood pathophysiology. In particular, the brain mechanisms mediating the transition from acute to chronic pain remain largely unknown. The authors identify a su...
Continue reading

Appropriate Referral and Selection of Patients with Chronic Pain for Spinal Cord Stimulation: European Consensus Recommendations and E‐Health Tool

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an established treatment for chronic neuropathic, neuropathic‐like and ischaemic pain. However, the heterogeneity of patients in daily clinical practice makes it often challenging to dete...
Continue reading

Key Chronic Low Back Pain Outcomes Remain Stable Over Time

A Journal of General Internal Medicine article, provided some insight into why chronic low back pain may be difficult to treat. Data published from the PRECISION Pain Research Registry, which looked at 289 chronic low ba...
Continue reading

Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a toolkit offering a structured team-based approach designed to support clinics as they independently implement effective, guideline-driven care for their patients ...
Continue reading

A Behavioral Intervention for Depression and Chronic Pain in Primary Care

Chronic pain and depression frequently co-exist in late and mid-life and contribute to increased disability, high health care costs, psychiatric comorbidity, and suicide. Older and middle-aged depressed-pain patients: a)...
Continue reading

Behavioral Activation and Behavioral Inhibition: An Examination of Function in Chronic Pain

The objective of the study was to examine the BIS-BAS model of chronic pain. This model posits that 2 neurophysiological systems-the behavioral inhibition system (BIS) sensitized to and activated by punishment cues and t...
Continue reading

AAPM Member Discusses Challenges of Treating Chronic Pain Patients Amidst Opioid Crisis

"We're de-prescribing without having sufficient evidence on how to do this the right way, how to protect patients," says AAPM member, Beth Darnall, PhD , in a recent Guardian Australia interview. Full story .

AAPM Members Discuss Clinical Challenges to Opioid Tapering in MedPage Today

AAPM members Beth Darnall, PhD , and W. Michael Hooten, MD , contributed to this MedPage Today article, Clinical Challenge: Opioid Tapering—New trials look at ways to help chronic pain patients take fewer drugs. Full sto...
Continue reading

Can Pain Management be Safely Optimized in Older Adults?

Managing chronic pain is a challenging task. Older adults (OAs) (>65 years) are the fastest growing segment of our population, and are substantially affected by chronic pain of various etiologies. Read the abstract .&...
Continue reading

Let It Be: Mindful Acceptance Down-Regulates Pain and Negative Emotion

Mindfulness training ameliorates clinical and self-report measures of depression and chronic pain, but its use as an emotion regulation strategy—in individuals who do not meditate—remains understudied. Read the abstract ...
Continue reading

Psychologist Uses Computer-Simulated Patients to Untangle Sociological Influences in Pain Care

In a recent study published in the journal Pain , researchers found that white physicians who self-scored higher on "intergroup anxiety" -- discomfort during interactions with groups who share fewer similar characteristi...
Continue reading

FDA Accepts Regulatory Submission for Tanezumab, a Potential First-in-Class Treatment for Patients with Chronic Pain Due to Moderate-to-Severe Osteoarthritis

​ Read the full story . 
Topics:

Association of Tramadol Use with Risk of Hip Fracture

Several professional organizations have recommended tramadol as one of the first-line or second-line therapies for patients with chronic noncancer pain and its prescription has been increasing rapidly worldwide; however, the safety profile of tramadol, such as risk of fracture, remains unclear.

Continue reading

AAPM Members Contribute to HuffPost Article: How to Talk to Your Doctor If You're Experiencing Chronic Pain

AAPM Members Sara Davin, PhD and David Edwards, MD PhD were interviewed by Huffington Post about why it can be difficult to identify chronic pain treatments that work and how persons experiencing pain can communicate mos...
Continue reading
Topics:

T'ai Chi for Chronic Low Back Pain in Older Adults: A Feasibility Trial

T'ai chi (TC) has been found effective for improving chronic low back pain. However, such studies did not include adults over 65 years of age. This study was designed to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of TC in this population compared with Health Education and with Usual Care.

Continue reading

Virtual Reality for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic low back pain is highly prevalent in US adults and is a major cause of missed work days and disability. While several treatment options exist, chronic opioids are commonly used for these conditions even though there are limited data supporting efficacy, and clear evidence of harm associated with chronic opioid administration. 

Continue reading

University of Iowa Professor’s Opioid Research Evaluates Link Between Opioid Use and Chronic Pain

AAPM member and University of Iowa researcher, Barbara St. Marie PhD, RN , recently conducted NIDA-funded research on opioid misuse and substance abuse disorders to help clinicians treat patients for chronic pain. St. Ma...
Continue reading

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Neuroinflammation in Chronic Pain: A Role for Astrogliosis?

Non-invasive measures of neuroinflammatory processes in humans could substantially aid diagnosis and therapeutic development for many disorders, including chronic pain. Several proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (H-M...
Continue reading

A Systematic Review of the Evidence for the Efficacy of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain in Community-Dwelling Older Adults

The ageing global population and concomitant increase in the use of opioid analgesia have highlighted the need to evaluate the effectiveness of opioids for chronic pain in older people.

Continue reading

CMS Finalizes Decision to Cover Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain for Medicare Beneficiaries

Before this final National Coverage Determination (NCD) reconsideration, acupuncture was nationally non-covered by Medicare. CMS conducted evidence reviews and examined the coverage policies of private payers to inform i...
Continue reading

Perturbing the Activity of the Superior Temporal Gyrus During Pain Encoding Prevents the Exaggeration of Pain Memories: A Virtual Lesion Study Using Single-Pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Past studies have shown that pain memories are often inaccurate, a phenomenon known as mnemonic pain bias. Pain memories are thought to play an important role on how future pain is felt. Recent evidence from our laborato...
Continue reading

New Hope to Reduce Bladder Pain

The latest research led by Flinders University has now identified a link between UTI and bladder pain – caused by the immune system's fight against the infection. The research suggests this could be a leading cause of ch...
Continue reading
Topics:

Pain Treatment Using Human Stem Cells a Success

Human stem cells and "pain-killing neurons" have successfully relieved chronic pain in mice. The breakthrough method may be tested on human patients suffering untreatable pain within five years. 

Continue reading
Topics:

Nanoparticle Drug Delivery Could Offer More Effective Pain Relief Than Opioids

Findings from a recent study published in Nature Nanotechnology , showed that the nanoparticles were actually more effective than opioids in models of acute pain, chronic inflammatory pain, and neuropathic pain. Full sto...
Continue reading

A User-Centered Approach to an Evidence-Based Electronic Health Pain Management Intervention for People With Chronic Pain: Design and Development of EPIO

Chronic pain conditions are complicated and challenging to live with. Electronic health (eHealth) interventions show promise in helping people cope with chronic illness, including pain. The success of these interventions...
Continue reading
Topics:

Management of Patients with a Musculoskeletal Pain Condition that Is Likely Chronic: Results from a National Cross-Sectional Survey

The purpose of the study was to explore clinical management for new cases of musculoskeletal pain that are likely chronic.  

Continue reading

Management of Chronic Pain and PTSD in Gulf War Veterans With tDCS+Prolonged Exposure

Gulf War Veterans (a DoD/VA defined service era corresponding to the first Gulf War under operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield 1990-1991), especially those who present with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), are...
Continue reading
Topics:

A Placebo for Pain Relief—Even When You Know It’s Not Real

Some patients with chronic pain can get relief from a placebo even when they know it isn't an active medication, a growing body of evidence shows. 

Continue reading
Topics:

Scientists Target Link Between Chronic Pain, Cognitive Impairments

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have pinpointed a single biochemical pathway as a target for addressing both this neuropathic pain and the accompanying cognitive problems.

Continue reading

Researchers Explore A Drug-Free Idea to Relieve Chronic Pain: Green Light

A small but growing body of research suggesting a link between green light and pain, including animal research. While there are not yet robust data on humans, some researchers see promise for a drug-free approach that co...
Continue reading

Poor Sleep Worsens Recovery from Chronic Low Back Pain

Sleep problems may decrease the likelihood of recovery from chronic low back pain over the long term and those who have musculoskeletal pain on top of insomnia have an even lower possibility of recovery, according to the...
Continue reading

Identifying Type of Chronic Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease May Lead to Better Outcomes

Identifying the type of pain an adult with sickle cell disease experiences may be useful in improving treatment, according to a new study by researchers at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital. 

Continue reading
Topics:

Study Supports Long-Term Benefits of Non-Drug Therapies for Pain

A new study finds that non-drug therapies given to service members with chronic pain may reduce the risk of long-term adverse outcomes, such as alcohol and drug disorder and self-induced injuries, including suicide attempts.

Continue reading
Topics:

Want more pain resources? Check out our library of on-demand education, upcoming events, and more.

Learn More