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Chiropractic Physicians Urge Conservative Approach to Pain Management

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With new research highlighting more risks associated with the increased use of opioids for pain, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) strongly urges patients and healthcare providers to consider first exhausting conservative forms of pain management. According to a recent report published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), the increased usage of opioids has led to unanticipated consequences such as a tolerance among some patients to the drug hydrocodone and negative treatment outcomes for conditions such as work-related musculoskeletal disorders, joint replacements and spine surgery

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Oral Steroids for Herniated Disk Do Not Improve Pain

Among patients with acute radiculopathy (sciatica) due to a herniated lumbar disk, a short course of oral steroids, compared with placebo, resulted in modest improvement in function and no significant improvement in pain, according to a study in the May 19 issue of JAMA.

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Yoga and Chronic Pain Have Opposite Effects on Brain Gray Matter

Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) official speaking at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting today, www.americanpainsociety.org.

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Strong Evidence Still Lacking on Medical Marijuana for Pain

With increasing numbers of chronic pain patients experimenting with marijuana to get relief, physicians need to learn more about the plant and its constituents to counsel patients appropriately about its safety and possible analgesic benefits, according to a leading medical marijuana researcher speaking today in a plenary session at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, www.americanpainsociety.org.

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Nerve Involvement Explains Why Some Cancers Are Very Painful

More than half of all cancer patients experience pain, most often associated with the malignancy type, body location and disease progression. Pain researchers participating in a symposium at the American Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting, www.americanpainsociety.org, today reported that the relationship between tumors and nerves drives persistent and breakthrough pain and tumor progression in certain types of cancers.

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Studies Needed in Pain Management

People suffering chronic pain have valuable information to share about their condition and overall health that can help pain researchers and physicians in treatment planning, according to the head of the Patient Centered Outcomes Institute (PCORI) speaking at the American Pain Society annual scientific meeting.

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Delays from Pain Diagnosis to SCS Treatment Result in Higher Health-care Use Post-implantation

Winner of the William H. Sweet Young Investigators Award, Frank William Petraglia III, presented his research on the relationship between the efficacy of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) to block pains signals and the amount of time elapsed between diagnosis and implantation.

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Light — Not Pain-Killing Drugs — Used to Activate Brain’s Opioid Receptors

Washington University School of Medicine neuroscientists have attached the light-sensing protein rhodopsin to opioid receptor parts to activate the receptor pathways using light from a laser fiber-optic device. They also influenced the behavior of mice using light, rather than drugs, to activate the reward response.

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Impaired Sleep Linked to Lower Pain Tolerance

People with insomnia and other sleep problems have increased sensitivity to pain, reports a study published in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

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Don't Let Muscle Pains, Strains Affect Your Summer Travel, Say Chiropractic Physicians

Traveling can be rough on the body. Whether driving a few hours to a sunny resort with your family or flying cross-country for a week-long holiday excursion, long hours in a car or an airplane can leave you feeling stressed, tired, stiff and sore. The American Chiropractic Association recommends some tips to fight the pains and strains of travel before they occur.