A work group appointed by the Veterans Health Administration recommends the use of 2 scales with 8 items as core outcome measures to assess pain intensity and interference in studies examining chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation administered during physical activity may effectively alleviate fibromyalgia-associated pain, fatigue, and disease impact in women.
A physician’s baseline opioid prescribing rate was a strong predictor of a patient’s future opioid use.
Operant learning may provide additional benefits compared with energy conservation in patients with fibromyalgia syndrome.
Psychological flexibility in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis and in their parents may represent resilience factors for dealing with pain and disability associated with the condition.
Metabolic syndrome, and specifically the component of abdominal obesity, may be associated with pain intensity and number of painful sites in adults with radiographic knee osteoarthritis.
The number of chronic musculoskeletal pain sites may be associated with the level of low and moderate to vigorous physical activity in older adults.
Women prescribed long- vs short-term opioids for chronic musculoskeletal pain may be at increased risk for menopause and abnormal menstruation.
Patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain on long-term opioid therapy who report high levels of pain may be more likely to have moderate to high pain interference.
The presence of active myofascial trigger points in 10 upper quarter muscles may represent a reliable criteria for the diagnosis of myofascial pain syndrome.