The key to treating older patients with pain? "Don't assume anything."
Offer ancillary services to ensure your practice thrives, not just survives.
Understanding how opioids can be used in palliative care can help clinicians avoid overprescribing narcotics to patients.
New delivery methods of medication and newer molecular entities for treatment offer hope for headache management.
Treating these chronic conditions together may minimize the stigma of depression treatment.
Despite being at higher risk for chronic pain, undertreatment is common among older adults.
Mobile device use is growing rapidly in older adults.
Strategies are available to assist clinicians in determining when and how to wean patients off opioid analgesics.
The estimated prevalence of chronic pain in older adults is increasing, ranging from 20% to 50% in primary care, 40% to 60% in those in assisted living facilities, and 50% to 80% of nursing home residents.
Constipation affects up to half of those on long-term opioid therapy.
Patient-specific treatment is best for patients who may be at risk of abusing their medication or those with physical complications.
Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in the diabetic patient can be ameliorated with peripheral nerve surgical decompression.
The challenge with prescription drug monitoring programs is that not every state collects the same data.
Describing the epidemiology and pathophysiology of CRPS can be challenging as the diagnosis is not always clear.
Stress and anxiety are critical elements of the human pain response, and these can be quantified not only with functional imaging but simply by measuring sympathetic response.
Clinical Pain Advisor Articles
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- Central Sensitization in Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome
- FDA Issues Safety Alert Regarding Intrathecal Delivery of Pain Meds
- The Unintended Consequences of the CDC Opioid Guideline According to Pain Management Specialists
- FDA-Approved Test Provides Pharmacogenetic Reports Directly to Consumers
- Set of Interventions May Effectively Reduce Opioid Overprescribing
- Two Screening Tools May Accurately Predict Transition From Acute to Chronic Low Back Pain
- Long Wait Times Between Referral and Interdisciplinary Pediatric Chronic Pain Evaluation