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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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Findings from the 2002 to 2018 National Health Interview Survey for adults aged 25 to 84 are discouraging. Pain prevalence—for headache/migraine, joint, low back, neck, facial/jaw pain—has gone up, with people reporting a 10% increase of pain in at least 1 area. That equals an additional 10.5...

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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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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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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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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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The Journal of Rheumatology reports a concerning increase in hospitalizations for opioid use disorder (OUD) in patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Comparing data from 1998-2000 vs 2015-2016, OUD hospitalization rates for gout, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and low back...

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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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