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Do antidepressants offer pain relief for osteoarthritis and back pain? Researchers published findings in the British Medical Journal, describing their systematic review and meta-analysis of 33 trials with 5318 participants, given either serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) or...

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Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is always in the news (read last week's Daily Dose about CLBP and serum biomarkers). Exercise is recommended for CLBP, but what kind of exercise? An article in JAMA Neurology reports a study of various types of exercise and their long-term benefits. In a perfect world,...

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Chronic low back pain has a high prevalence across the globe, affecting millions. In a first of its kind study, researchers looked at patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) and assessed blood serum biomarkers. Results published in European Spine Journal highlight modic changes (pathological...

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Exercise is often recommended by doctors for patients with low back pain (LBP), the leading cause of disability worldwide. Acute LBP frequently becomes chronic. Many interventions to manage chronic LBP "have modest benefits for improving outcomes." A article published in the journal of Musculoskelet...

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What are the benefits of electroacupuncture? Who might benefit from it? “…the first study to demonstrate a statistically and clinically significant treatment effect of electroacupuncture on disability associated with chronic low back pain in a randomized clinical trial” was reported in JAMA Open...

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A whopping 36% to 64% of spinal surgery patients have poorly controlled pain. Why? In order to avoid the escalation to patient dissatisfaction and negative outcomes, the study calls for a way to “to develop and internally validate a prediction score for poorly controlled postoperative pain in...

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In research presented today by the American Chemical Society (ACS), it is stated that long term opioid use can lead to chronic inflammation and heightened pain sensitivity. Why? Study leader Cody J. Wenthur, PharmD, PhD, commented, “…we started thinking that the patient’s own immune system could be...

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From the Mental Health Clinician journal.

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Introduction: Chronic lower back pain is a leading cause of disability in US adults. Opioid use continues to be controversial despite the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on chronic pain management to use nonpharmacologic...

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Newswise — A new study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City reveals that symptomatic lower back pain resolved in 82% of patients after total hip arthroplasty (THA) and identifies which patients are more likely to have their back pain resolved. This study is available...

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In a new Pain and Therapy journal article written by PAINWeek faculty member Joseph V. Pergolizzi, Jr, he discusses the prevalence of low back pain and how to halt its transition to chronic back pain. Dr. Pergolizzi looks at physical therapy, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other...

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