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A study in JAMA Psychiatry reported that psychological treatment for primary chronic back pain may provide pain relief. Participants were randomized to usual care or 4 weeks of pain reprocessing therapy—a telehealth session with a physician and 8 psychological treatment sessions—that instructed...

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Information in a preprint article, as yet not peer reviewed, aims to better understand the brain’s reward system via the nucleus accumbens (NAcc) circuits. Via fMRI, researchers compared healthy controls and patients with fibromyalgia, looking at NAcc medial prefrontal cortexes (MPFC), functional...

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This study of chronic pain experienced after spinal surgery, published in the Journal of Pain Research, compared fluoroscopy (FL)-guided transforaminal (TF) to caudal (CA) epidural steroid injection (ESI), assessing pain relief levels and functionality improvement. Both methods have been shown to be...

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The Stars and Stripes website reports that those in the military “are in constant pain” at a much higher rate than civilians, according to a study by the Rand Corporation—a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization that develops solutions to public policy challenges. As many as 44% of active duty...

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In an article published in PLOS One, researchers looked over Worker’s Compensation claims from 2009 to 2018. During the first week of a low back pain injury, did adherence to guideline-recommended interventional treatment affect lost workdays? Of over 59,650 workers, 14.2% received only recommended...

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The American College of Radiology has updated its Appropriateness Criteria, introduced in 1993. At that time, a panel of experts in interventional radiology and diagnostic imaging put together guidelines for clinicians to help them choose treatment plans and imaging for specific conditions. The...

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An article published in the journal of Pain states that 1 of every 5 Americans suffers from chronic pain. That’s 20% of the population! It doesn’t just affect them. Along with each person’s decreased quality of life comes higher medical costs for all and other economic issues. Researchers from...

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The Journal of Pain Research published an article entitled, Bibliometric Analysis of Research Articles on Pain in the Elderly Published from 2000 to 2019. In it, over 2100 articles were included, the largest number of them from the United States. "This work provides researchers with an in-depth...

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Along with the potential benefits of working from home, such as flexibility and the time- and cost-savings of not commuting, some people are experiencing increased back pain, wrist pain, and overuse pain. Although issues from sitting too long at a desk are not new, they are increasing along with the...

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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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