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

Comparative Effectiveness of an Interdisciplinary Pain Program for Chronic Low Back Pain, Compared to Physical Therapy Alone

The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of PT to an interdisciplinary treatment approach in patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP).

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Chronic Opioid Pretreatment Potentiates the Sensitization of Fear Learning by Trauma

Despite the large comorbidity between PTSD and opioid use disorders, as well as the common treatment of physical injuries resulting from trauma with opioids, the ability of opioid treatments to subsequently modify PTSD-related behavior has not been well studied.  

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Frequency of Cannabis and Illicit Opioid Use Among People Who Use Drugs and Report Chronic Pain: A Longitudinal Analysis

Ecological research suggests that increased access to cannabis may facilitate reductions in opioid use and harms, and medical cannabis patients describe the substitution of opioids with cannabis for pain management. Howe...
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Trends in Gabapentin and Baclofen Exposures Reported to U.S. Poison Centers

Prescriptions for nonopioid pharmacological therapies such as gabapentin and baclofen have been increasing. While gabapentin and baclofen are less likely than opioids to result in fatal overdose, they are each associated with dependence, misuse and adverse effects.

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Effect of Ubrogepant vs Placebo on Pain and the Most Bothersome Associated Symptom in the Acute Treatment of Migraine

 Is ubrogepant, an oral calcitonin gene–related peptide receptor antagonist, effective in the acute treatment of migraine?

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Can AI Fix Your Bad Back?

At Cleveland Clinic and elsewhere, clinicians and data scientists are taking steps to leverage AI to improve patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs, particularly among candidates for surgical care.

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A New Link Between Migraines, Opioid Overuse May Be Key to Treating Pain

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago and colleagues discovered that a peptide — small chains of amino acids that can regulate many behaviors and brain signaling pathways — links together migraine pain and...
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Yoga and Physical Therapy as Treatment for Chronic Lower Back Pain also Improves Sleep

Yoga and physical therapy (PT) are effective approaches to treating co-occurring sleep disturbance and back pain while reducing the need for medication, according to a new study. The research showed significant improveme...
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New Discovery: How Chronic Pain Changes Your Brain and Personality

Australian researchers have found that people with chronic pain experience physical alterations in their brain that likely leads to negative changes in their personality. The study discovered that people with chronic pai...
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Fighting Opioids with an Unlikely Supplemental Painkiller: Anti-Itch Medicine

  A West Virginia University researcher is investigating whether an anti-itch medication that targets a specific part of our nerve cells can make morphine—which targets a different part—more effective.

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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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