painweek2015

Labs Vital for Treating Patients with Centralized Pain

September 12, 2015

It is important to consider the possibility of opioid malabsorption and hormone issues in those patients who are not responding to treatment.

New Tools Becoming Available to Assess Pain in Older Patients

September 12, 2015

The key to treating older patients with pain? "Don't assume anything."

Peripheral Neuropathies: A Primer

September 12, 2015

Treatment options should focus on slowing progression, relieving pain, and restoring function.

Education Key When Considering Prescribing Medical Marijuana

September 12, 2015

Much has been published on medical marijuana within the past year, but the data on safety are not encouraging and data on clinical efficacy are very limited.

Taking a Comprehensive Approach in Tackling Regional Pain Syndromes

September 12, 2015

Improving diagnostic skills can assist clinicians in formulating a differential diagnosis for back and neck pain.

Naloxone Technologies Offer Options for Reducing Opioid Overdoses

September 12, 2015

The pros and cons of intranasal, intramuscular, and autoinjector routes of administration.

Combo Treatment Best for Late-Life Depression and Pain

September 12, 2015

Treating these chronic conditions together may minimize the stigma of depression treatment.

Surgical Decompression For Compression Neuropathy Offers Many Advantages

September 11, 2015

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in the diabetic patient can be ameliorated with peripheral nerve surgical decompression.

In Assessing Back Pain, Focus on the Patient

September 11, 2015

Taking a patient-centered approach paves the way to finding out the underlying cause of back pain.

Treating Morton's Neuroma - An Often Misunderstood Foot Pain

September 11, 2015

Treatment should be geared toward nerve decompression.

Fighting Illicit Drug Use With Healthcare Provider, Law Enforcement Partnerships

September 11, 2015

From unethical providers to doctor-shopping patients and internet pharmacies, determined individuals can obtain controlled substances in many ways.

Enhance Communication to Reduce Chronic Pain Patient Vulnerability

September 11, 2015

Incorporating shared decision-making techniques into chronic pain treatment selection is integral to success.

E-Prescribing for Opioids Offers Opportunity to Combat Misuse, Diversion

September 11, 2015

Legislation mandating electronic prescribing of controlled substances in the state of New York is driving innovations in the health technology sector.

Ultrasound as a Viable Treatment Modality for Pain

September 11, 2015

Ultrasound is a valuable tool for imaging soft-tissue structures and bony surfaces, but can provide pain relief as well.

Are Opioid Overdose Prevention Strategies Working?

September 11, 2015

Opioid prevention programs combine a multifaceted approach with early prevention that can assist the medical community with curbing opioid abuse, overdose, and misuse

Pleasure Spiked With Pain: Counseling Patients About Balance in Their Lives Is Key to Pain Treatment

September 11, 2015

Seeking pleasure to overcome pain can lead to overindulgence.

Opioid Prescribing: Navigating the Ethical Battlefield

September 11, 2015

Physicians prescribing opioids are being faced with ethical and legal dilemmas.

Addressing Constipation With Patients on Opioids Integral to Treatment Success

September 11, 2015

Constipation is a commonly seen adverse event in patients who take opioids.

Choosing the Right Risk Assessment Tools to Identify Aberrant Behavior

September 11, 2015

Tools vary in how they are administered, the ease of scoring, and the detail of information provided.

The Changing Landscape of Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion

September 11, 2015

Although drug abuse itself is not new, it has changed over the years.

Chronic Pain Treatment Often an "Imperfect Solution"

September 11, 2015

Treatment in many cases is a negotiation instead of a one-way outcome.

Listen To Patient Complaints When Discussing Unresolved Pain

September 10, 2015

Many nerve entrapments fly 'under the radar.'

'Minor' Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Anything But Minor

September 10, 2015

Evaluating for concussions, other sports-related injuries is imperative as student athletes head back to school and on to the playing field.

Strong Management Pain Provider, Law Enforcement Partnerships Needed

September 10, 2015

From unethical providers to doctor-shopping patients and internet pharmacies, determined individuals can obtain controlled substances in many ways.

An Overview of Fibromyalgia in 55 Minutes

September 09, 2015

Use both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies to address increased distress, decreased activity, isolation, poor sleep, and maladaptive illness behaviors.

Top 10 Reasons to Stay in the Pain Management Game

September 09, 2015

Providing pain treatment is increasingly complicated by the changing legal/regulatory environment, but here's why providers should stay committed.

Why Improving Common Tests for Pain is Essential to Patient Satisfaction

September 09, 2015

The reliability or the clinical relevance of any diagnostic procedure is never 100%.

Opioid Monitoring Clinic Improved Practice Guideline Compliance

September 09, 2015

Encouraging initial findings support developing specialized clinics to manage complicated and high-risk patients on opioid therapy.

Prescribing Pain Medications for Workers' Compensation Patients

September 09, 2015

The longer the claim remains open, the greater the likelihood opioids will be used to treat chronic pain.

Some Patients in Pain More Complicated to Treat Than Others

September 09, 2015

Patient-specific treatment is best for patients who may be at risk of abusing their medication or those with physical complications.