AAPM 2017 Annual Meeting
Anthony Mariano, PhD, provided guidance for clinicians for tapering patients off opioids.
"The Refill" is a Q&A column designed to provide Clinical Pain Advisor's readership with various opinions, beliefs and suggestions on managing a pain management practice.
Our biggest challenge (and also opportunity) is to demonstrate our value as anesthesiologists and pain medicine specialists in the evolving healthcare landscape.
Low Back Pain
Transcranial direct current stimulation of the left dorsal anterior cingulate cortex may be associated with improvements in pain-related function, distress, and depression in patients with chronic low back pain
Multimodal analgesia after hip or knee arthroplasty may be associated with fewer complications and reduced opioid prescriptions and hospital length of stay, compared with unimodal analgesia.
Clinicians are reducing or discontinuing opioid therapy for patients in light of the 2016 guidelines for opioid prescribing by primary care physicians issued by the CDC.
Continuous thoracic paravertebral nerve block is similarly effective as epidural anesthesia for the management of postthoracotomy pain.
Interventional Pain Management
The usefulness of sPNB is limited due to the short duration of action, while a major limitation of cPNB is the significant investment.
A high proportion of individuals with IBS have comorbid anxiety and depression affecting the HPA axis and microbiota.
Are You Confident of the Diagnosis? What you should be alert for in the history Patients with pruritic (itchy) blisters should alert the physician. The disease onset can be in adulthood or in childhood, even in the neonate. The disease onset in childhood has been termed chronic bullous dermatosis of childhood, which is now considered…