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

Ovarian Cyst Back Pain: Is There a Connection?

Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can form in or around your ovaries. They're actually very common and most often form naturally around the time of ovulation. Most simple ovarian cysts go away without treatment. W...
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Advanced practice physiotherapy for adults with spinal pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis

To appraise the available evidence on advanced practice physiotherapy (APP) models of care (MoC) in specialized secondary care such as orthopaedic, rheumatology or neurosurgery outpatients' clinics for adults with spinal...
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Executive Functioning in Youth With and Without Chronic Pain

Preliminary research in youth with chronic pain suggests differences in attention and working memory, which has been similarly demonstrated in adults with chronic pain .  Read more .

Effects of using text message interventions for the management of musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review

Musculoskeletal pain is the greatest cause of disability worldwide. Owing to its increasing prevalence and burden, the importance of affordable treatments has been highlighted. Text message interventions are accessible, ...
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UAB Team Investigates Suicide, Opioid Prescription Changes

In a new study, University of Alabama at Birmingham investigators will recruit family members of people who have died by suicide after a change in prescribed pain medications and survey their experiences. Read more .
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Chronic Pain, Central Sensitization and Physical Therapy

Chronic pain is a condition in the nervous system where a light switch seemingly got turned on and never got turned off. Patients initially experience pain because of some type of injury that has occurred (i.e. a noxious...
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Oral Methotrexate Significantly Improves Function in People with Primary Knee OA with Inflammation After Only 3 Months

A new study presented at ACR Convergence, the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting, shows that after three months of treatment with oral methotrexate, adults with primary knee osteoarthritis (OA) with inflam...
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Scratching a Scientific Itch: Pitt Scientists Untangle the Mysterious Intricacies of Itchiness

Researchers from the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research identified a new group of nerve cells, or neurons that carry a protein called neurokinin-1 receptor, or NK1R, which appear to be selectively involved in causing it...
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Shining a Light on Chronic Pain

A recent study from researchers at CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway, explores the use of optogenetics as a method to relieve chronic pain. Optogenetics uses genetica...
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Effect of Electroacupuncture vs Sham Treatment on Change in Pain Severity Among Adults With Chronic Low Back Pain

Chronic low back pain has high societal and personal impact but remains challenging to treat. Electroacupuncture has demonstrated superior analgesia compared with placebo in animal studies but has not been extensively st...
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The AAPM Annual Meeting offers education and networking opportunities for all members of the pain care team.

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