PAINWeek 2016 Coverage
These online and free of charge resources are of particular interest to patients living in rural settings who may not have access to pain psychologists.
Awareness of risk factors for chronic pain (eg, smoking, stress, inadequate sleep or poor diet) as well as protective factors (eg, exercise and anti-inflammatory diet) is essential to preventive efforts.
Explaining the neurophysiological basis of pain has been found to positively affect pain levels.
Developing and implementing prevention strategies that include psychosocial approaches has become critical in the face of the chronic pain epidemic.
Numerous pain medications are available, presenting a challenge for clinicians to determine which one is best for a particular patient.
In one analysis of acupuncture, a moderate effect size was found for acupuncture vs no treatment, while a smaller yet statistically significant effect size was found for acupuncture over sham acupuncture techniques.
While many organizations have created plans in an attempt to curb the opioid epidemic, how can we know which plans will work?
Counseling is key to safe and effective opioid use and storage.
Review risk factors for complicated postoperative pain management.
The Risk Index for Overdose or Serious Opioid-Induced Respiratory Depression (RIOSORD) is a validated tool that can help clinicians quantify a patient's risk of overdose.
"Ultimately, the goal is to turn our clinics into research laboratories where every single patient is characterized," noted Dr Mackey.
"We have 2 big epidemics and we have 2 problems; we need to solve those problems...with complex public health solutions, better drugs, and better practice—not simply constant downward pressure on prescribing," said Dr Passik.
There are 5 skills that physicians can use to help treat patients with pain.
Several recent approvals of abuse-deterrent formulations have changed the landscape of options for pain management.
"Details matter" when taking an integrative approach to chronic pain care.
Good outcomes begin with a foundation of thorough evaluation and assessment.
"We are what we eat; to be more specific, we are what we ingest, digest, and absorb, and the microbiome has a key role to play in that," said Dr Tick.
"Interdisciplinary approaches should not be viewed as a treatment pathway on which to embark after other interventions have failed; rather, it should be the framework employed from the start of care," said Dr Prasad.
Physicians who want to prescribe alternatives for pain management should familiarize themselves with current research.
A high level of comorbidity exists between substance use disorders and chronic pain.
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