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Primary care should know that the number of regulatory agencies that are getting involved in the management of chronic pain seems to be growing by the week. Since 2011, the Food and Drug Administration has become really involved with the post-marketing prescribing of opioids, with REMS being...

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Dr. Aljassem: In reviewing the literature with topical opioids, like many things that are kind of outside the box, a lot of it is not standardized. But what we do know is that they are effective in reducing pain and they are minimally absorbed systemically so they do have a high benefit with low...

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The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) has awarded the 2018 Chronic Pain Medicine Research Grant to Eellan Sivanesan, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore.  The grant of $200,000, the maximum...

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Results from the largest animal model trial yet undertaken suggest the feasibility of using engineered living tissue to create replacement spinal discs to treat neck and back pain from disc deterioration. The study on goats was performed by researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine in concert...

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A new surgical approach may offer better outcomes for patients with hallux rigidus, or arthritis of the toe, according to Andrew Elliott, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York. Commenting on the condition, Dr. Elliott said “…hallux rigidus (is) one of the most frequent...

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Individual patient characteristics should guide the treatment plan. One creates a post-surgical treatment plan that is personalized. So it’s patient-specific, patient-centered, patient-focused personalized care plan. We have a world of generic drugs. We have no generic patients. Each patient is...

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Chronic post-surgical pain is a significant problem because it results in decreased activities of daily living, reduced quality of life, and overutilization of medication and healthcare resources, so it’s very costly. The main cause is peripheral stimulation, because of course once a surgeon breaks...

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A new and emerging field in medicine is here and some people call it regenerative medicine; some people call it stem cell treatment.  I think it’s important that we define those terms. Regenerative medicine includes this field of medicine where we can hopefully see some regeneration of tissue,...

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Although hip replacement surgery has a high success rate in relieving pain and improving mobility and quality of life, a common complication from the procedure is dislocation, for which the risk increases in cases of revision surgery. Conclusions from a new study conducted at Hospital for Special...

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The Fascial Distortion Model can help guide a practitioner towards treatment selection because the model is based on the patient’s input. The patient is the expert. Patients guide us as practitioners by body language or gestures and their verbal description of their pain. They show us exactly the...

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