All articles by Chris Iliades, MD
The Clinical Pain Advisor reviews a recent study in Pain Physician supporting the efficacy of an implanted peripheral nerve-stimulating device for chronic intractable headache. Although this device is not yet FDA approved, it may be a last-resort treatment for patients who have not had success using other types of therapy.
Studies show that marijuana use in adolescents is higher in states that have legalized medical marijuana, so it stands to reason that legalizing medical marijuana could increase adolescent marijuana use.
One study, published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies in 2015, found that parental preferences strongly influence decision-making when balancing pain relief against side effects for children on opioid therapy for postoperative pain.
Activity pacing is a strategy for pain management that health care professionals can use to help patients break this cycle of self-destructive behavior.
Researchers compared the insular cortex of 46 female migraineurs to 46 women without migraine. The report concluded that the thinning of the cortex that normally occurs with age did not occur in the migraineurs.
At the end of the last century, there was a movement in pain management toward opioid use for chronic pain. The rationale was that people with chronic pain were suffering needlessly because of concerns that chronic opioid therapy (COT) would lead to addiction.
Like its cousin tuberculosis, leprosy may be easy to miss if you don’t think of it.