This Week in Pain: October 1, 2015

Recap of recent pain-related news: AAFP Targets Opioid Addiction Source: MedPageToday – 10/1 “Family physicians are frustrated with gaps in training for treatment of opioid addiction, as well as lack of access for patients and barriers to prescribing, and they are taking that frustration to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Congress of Delegates […]

Patients Prefer Relief From Lower Back Pain Over Improved Mobility

A new study in the journal Neurology examines the question of quality of life for individuals with a common form of lower back pain called lumbar spinal stenosis. The findings show that, when asked to choose between treatments that reduced pain or would help them stand or walk, patients overwhelmingly chose pain relief.

Opioid-Induced Hyperalgesia: What is the Evidence?

There is accumulating evidence that opioid therapy might not only be associated with the development of tolerance, but also a hypersensitivity condition referred to as opioid-induced hyperalgesia (OIH) — a state of nociceptive sensitization caused by a paradoxical response upon exposure to specific or certain amounts of opioids. Jeffrey Gudin, MD, director of pain management […]

A Comprehensive Approach to Diagnose, Treat, and Prevent Pain With Exercise Science

Roger Mignosa, DO, introduced a comprehensive approach to diagnose, treat, and prevent pain with exercise science at the American Academy of Pain Management 2015 meeting. His approach couples foundational knowledge with a paradigm that addresses the root cause of pain in hopes of showing how exercise can improve the sustainability of treatment, the most effective […]

Hyaluronic Acid Shows Promise as Neuropathic Pain Treatment

Patients with neuropathic pain that were treated with cross-linked hyaluronic acid (HA) injections experienced reductions in Visual Analog Scale of Pain (VAS) scores, findings from a small study examining off-label use of the medication indicated. Hyaluronic acid injections are commonly used as fillers in cosmetic surgical procedures and are commercially available as Restylane and Perlane […]