This section will include pain research in the news, general stories about research and findings, pain abstracts in the news, and PubMed abstracts

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...
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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 .

Catastrophization, fear of movement, anxiety, and depression are associated with persistent, severe low back pain and disability

Psychological characteristics are important in the development and progression of low back pain (LBP); however, their role in persistent, severe LBP is unclear. Full story . 

Utilization of Botulinum Toxin for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Rehabilitation from musculoskeletal injuries is challenging with multiple intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing athletes, conditions, and length of recovery. Multidisciplinary treatment strategies aim to address pa...
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Obesity and the Risk of Incident Chronic Opioid Use in Rheumatoid Arthritis

 We evaluated whether the rate of incident chronic opioid use is higher in obese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Full story .
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UK Study Shows Opioid, Sedative and Antidepressant Use Pre-Surgery Leads to Worse Outcomes

A study led by University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center researchers showed that patients who already used opioids, sedatives or antidepressants prior to colorectal surgery experience significantly more complications p...
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Minimally-Invasive Treatment for 'Frozen Shoulder' Improves Patients' Pain and Function

Pinhole incision enables blocking of blood supply to an inflamed joint, providing long-term relief. Full story .
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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...
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Legal Cannabis Hemp Oil Effectively Treats Chronic Neuropathic Pain

Researchers at The University of New Mexico (UNM) showed that legal Cannabis hemp oil reduced mechanical pain sensitivity 10-fold for several hours in mice with chronic post-operative neuropathic pain. Full story .  ...
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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...
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