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Researchers say prescribing opioids for pain relief after knee surgery is unnecessary

Source: Medical Xpress

A new study by Henry Ford Health System published in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery may signal a first step toward eliminating the use of opioids to relieve pain after knee surgery.

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Consumer health: Tips for protecting your joints from rheumatoid arthritis pain

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Joint protection is a proven strategy to help you manage rheumatoid arthritis pain and perform daily activities more easily.

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Body mass index, age can affect your risk for neck pain

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In a recent study, researchers at Texas A&M University have found that while poor neck and head postures are indeed the primary determinants of neck pain, body mass index, age and the time of the day also influence the neck's ability to perform sustained or repeated movements.

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Nerve stimulation reduces pain and opioid use after orthopedic surgery

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A technique called percutaneous peripheral nerve stimulation yields "impressive" reductions in pain scores and opioid use during the first week after common orthopedic surgery procedures, concludes a randomized clinical trial.

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Pain-relief regimen treats trauma patients with fewer opioid drugs

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A multimodal pain regimen (MMPR) designed to minimize opioid exposure and relieve acute pain associated with traumatic injury kept patient self-reported pain scores low while also reducing the daily and total amount of opioid drugs given to trauma patients.

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Controlling pain after surgery doesn't have to mean opioids, study shows

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As surgeons balance the need to control their patients' post-surgery pain with the risk that a routine operation could become the gateway to long-term opioid use or addiction, a new study shows the power of an approach that takes a middle way.

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It's cold outside! Do your joints hurt?

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Stiffness, aches and pains are often associated with changes in weather, especially the falling temperatures of winter. Understanding why certain people react to weather changes and others do not is unclear, but there are several steps you can take to be more comfortable and reduce your risk when the weather turns cold.

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Stick to supportive shoes if you have knee pain

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A randomized controlled trial found that sturdy supportive shoes improve knee pain on walking and knee-related quality of life compared with flat flexible shoes.

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Back pain with sciatica more likely to improve after early physical therapy

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For people who experience back pain with sciatica, meaning their pain radiates into their leg, it may be worthwhile to start physical therapy right away, according to new research reported October 6, 2020, in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Predicting poor pain control following elective spine surgery

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Researchers at the University of Calgary have developed and validated a clinical prediction scale that can be used to determine which patients are more likely to experience inadequate pain control following elective spine surgery.

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Middle-aged Americans report more pain than the elderly

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As people age, they tend to report more acute or chronic pain—a common sign of getting older. Yet, in the United States, middle-aged adults are now reporting more pain than the elderly, according to a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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Why people with knee osteoarthritis experience different kinds of pain

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Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis worldwide, affecting more than 300 million people. It causes substantial pain, functional limitations, and disability in patients.

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Turmeric may help ease the pain of a dodgy knee

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An extract of Curcuma longa (CL), commonly known as turmeric, was found to be more effective than placebo for reducing knee pain in patients with knee osteoarthritis.

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Managing pain after sports medicine surgery

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A Henry Ford Hospital study published in the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, has found that patients who underwent knee surgery and other types of sports medicine procedures could manage their pain without opioids or a minimal dosage.

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Extra pounds could bring more painful joints

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Carrying excess pounds can be painful, literally. A new study finds that being overweight or obese ups the risk of pain in people with musculoskeletal disorders.

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Specially designed footwear reduces pain of knee osteoarthritis

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Wearing shoes specifically designed with a novel sole (biomechanical footwear) significantly reduces the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.

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3 easy deskside stretches to keep muscle pain at bay

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If you're not taking regular breaks to move around during your workday, your muscles may rebel after being scrunched in your desk chair hour after hour.

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A five-year case study changes old clinic attitudes and systems for treating chronic pain and opioid use disorder

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For the 20 percent of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, prescription opioids may bring relief, but also risks.

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Acupuncture, acupressure may help cancer patients control pain

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The use of acupuncture and/or acupressure is associated with reduced cancer pain and decreased use of analgesics, according to a review published online Dec. 19 in JAMA Oncology.

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FDA approves 9 generic versions of nerve pain drug Lyrica

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic copies of a popular, pricey pill for nerve pain.

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Researchers unlock access to pain relief potential of cannabis

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University of Guelph researchers are the first to uncover how the cannabis plant creates important pain-relieving molecules that are 30 times more powerful at reducing inflammation than Aspirin.

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Combined online self-management for pain, associated anxiety and depression works

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In a new paper published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Dr. Kroenke and colleagues report that online symptom self-management works to decrease pain, anxiety and depression symptoms. They also found that online symptom self-management works even better when coupled with clinician telecare.

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Too Much or Too Little Weight May Worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Obesity may accelerate and amplify the crippling symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, new research suggests. Conversely, the researchers also found that unexplained weight loss might also signal problems for these patients, because it could mean that they're at greater risk for disability.

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Advil + Tylenol Better Than Opioids for Dental Pain

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Over-the-counter ibuprofen and acetaminophen provide better relief for dental pain than prescription opioids and are less likely to cause side effects, researchers say.

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Opioid cessation may be more successful when depression is treated

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Opioid cessation in non-cancer pain may be more successful when depression is treated to remission, a Saint Louis University study shows.

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Back pain is common in highly active older adults

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Many well-functioning and highly active older adults experienced back pain, which was linked with poorer perceived and observed walking endurance.

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Duration of treatment rather than dose more strongly associated with opioid misuse after surgery

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Prescribing higher opioid doses for shorter durations may be a more effective way to treat pain after surgery, while minimizing the risk of longer term misuse and addiction, suggest researchers.

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Managing concerning behaviors when opioids are taken for chronic pain

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Patients receiving long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain sometimes demonstrate challenging and concerning behaviors, such as using more opioid medication than prescribed or concomitant alcohol or drug use. A new study establishes expert consensus about treatment approaches that should be implemented when these behaviors arise.

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Effects of tramadol on cognitive, sports performance studied

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Researchers from the University of Granada have published the first randomised controlled trial of the effects of tramadol on cognitive and sports performance.

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Female veterans experience improvement in low back pain with course of chiropractic care

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A new study finds that female veterans—one of the fastest growing populations receiving treatment through the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system—experience improvement in low back pain with a course of chiropractic care, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).

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Mind-body therapies immediately reduce unmanageable pain in hospital patients

Source: Science Daily

After participating in a single, 15-minute session of certain mind-body therapies, patients reported an immediate decrease in pain levels similar to what one might expect from an opioid painkiller. This study is the first to compare the effects of mindfulness and hypnosis on acute pain in the hospital setting.

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Opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain sufferers

Source: Science Daily

Dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Results of a systematic evidence review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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New insights into rare chronic pain condition

Source: Science Daily

A new study focuses on the cognitive psychology behind Complex Regional Pain Disorder.

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