CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Clinical Pain Conference Coverage

APS 2018 Peripherally Acting Opioid and Cannabinoid May Be Effective for Neuropathic Pain

Peripherally Acting Opioid and Cannabinoid May Be Effective for Neuropathic Pain

Cotargeting of peripheral μ-opioid and cannabinoid receptors was found to have a synergistic effect in reducing mechanical allodynia in a mouse model of neuropathic pain.

APS 2018 Positive Affect, Resilience, and Pain in MS With Chronic Pain

Positive Affect, Resilience, and Pain in MS With Chronic Pain

Resilience may mediate the relationships between positive affect and pain interference and depression in patients with multiple sclerosis.

APS 2018 Chronic Pain in Adolescents and Alexithymia

Chronic Pain in Adolescents and Alexithymia

Adolescent patients with chronic pain may be more likely to suffer from alexithymia.

APS 2018 Bedside Quantitative Sensory Testing May Reliably Assess Sensory Profiles in Neuropathic Pain

Bedside Quantitative Sensory Testing May Reliably Assess Sensory Profiles in Neuropathic Pain

A bedside quantitative sensory testing using inexpensive handheld devices indicates that this test may reliably be used to assess sensory profiles in patients with neuropathic pain.

RSNA 2017 Hip Steroid Injections for Osteoarthritis May Increase Risk for Osteonecrosis, Collapse

Hip Steroid Injections for Osteoarthritis May Increase Risk for Osteonecrosis, Collapse

Patients with osteoarthritis who receive hip injections of steroids plus anesthetics may experience higher rates of osteonecrosis and collapse compared with patients receiving shoulder injections and sham hip injections.

RSNA 2017 Substantial Weight Loss Associated With Reduced Cartilage Degeneration in Osteoarthritis

Substantial Weight Loss Associated With Reduced Cartilage Degeneration in Osteoarthritis

Patients with osteoarthritis who achieved a >10% weight loss were found to have reduced cartilage degeneration, compared with patients achieving only moderate or no weight loss.

RSNA 2017 CT-Pulsed Radiofrequency May Be Effective for Acute Neuroradicular Low Back Pain

CT-Pulsed Radiofrequency May Be Effective for Acute Neuroradicular Low Back Pain

Computed tomography-pulsed radiofrequency may represent an effective management strategy for patients with acute neuroradicular low back pain refractory to standard therapies

RSNA 2017 Cerebrospinal Fluid Sodium Concentration May Be Elevated in Patients With Migraine

Cerebrospinal Fluid Sodium Concentration May Be Elevated in Patients With Migraine

Patients who experience migraines may have higher cerebral sodium concentrations than nonmigraineurs.

ASA 2017 Ketamine Exhibits Effective Pain Relief for Refractory Headaches

Ketamine Exhibits Effective Pain Relief for Refractory Headaches

Ketamine is associated with significant pain relief among patients with refractory headaches.

ASA 2017 Multimodal Pain Management Increasingly Used for Patients Undergoing TKA and THA

Multimodal Pain Management Increasingly Used for Patients Undergoing TKA and THA

Patients undergoing total hip and total knee arthroplasties in small- and medium-sized hospitals have been receiving increasingly greater multimodal approaches for postoperative pain management.