Pain Management

Abuse-deterrent Opioids: A Fraught Approach to an Epidemic

Since 1999, the United States’ rapidly escalating epidemic of prescription drug abuse has directly correlated with a nearly 300 percent uptick in prescription painkiller sales, according to the CDC. abuse-deterrent formulations of some of these drugs are now available, but what problem are they addressing?

3 Ways 2 Heal: Easton Hospital’s Comprehensive Approach to Spine Care

Easton Hospital’s Comprehensive Spine Management Program combines physical therapy, pain management and surgical expertise to customize care and optimize results for patients with cervical and lumbar pain.

Rethinking Early Intervention for Chronic Pain

Minimally invasive spinal cord stimulation provides hope for patients with disabling pain resulting from chronic radiculopathy or failed back surgery syndrome.

Written on Their Faces: Assessing Pain in Noncommunicative Patients

No gold standard exists for measuring pain levels in intubated patients. However, a study published recently in the American Journal of Critical Care (AJCC) reveals that the activation of certain facial muscles may be a reliable indicator of pain in critically ill patients who are unable to communicate.

Relieving Chronic Headaches

Physical therapy provides a solution for some patients with recurring headaches.

Increased Demand for Interventional Pain Therapies

An increased demand for interventional pain therapies highlights the importance of non-narcotic treatments for chronic pain. The FDA looks to ASIPP for guidelines.

Flipping the Script 
on Chronic Pain

Pathophysiological pathways are only one aspect of pain. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) aims to restructure perceptual and behavioral problems that can exacerbate painful symptomatologies.

Addressing Psychological Barriers to Chronic Pain Management

Anger, anxiety, depression, fear, resentment and other psychological factors can prevent individuals with chronic pain from optimally responding to rehabilitation. Physicians’ Diagnostics & Rehabilitation Clinics (PDR) recently established a program that helps patients identify and overcome the thoughts and feelings that prevent them from enjoying the full benefits of rehabilitative therapy.

A New Palliative Treatment for Bone Cancer

Results of a 2012 research trial have confirmed the merits of a new treatment option for chronic pain associated with bone cancer.