Physical activity and exercise for chronic pain in adults: an overview of Cochrane Reviews.
CONCLUSIONS: The quality of the evidence examining physical activity and exercise for chronic pain is low. This is largely due to small sample sizes and potentially underpowered studies. A number of studies had adequately long interventions, but planned follow-up was limited to less than one year in all but six reviews.There were some favourable effects in reduction in pain severity and improved physical function, though these were mostly of small-to-moderate effect, and were not consistent across the reviews. There were variable effects for psychological function and quality of life.The available evidence suggests physical activity and exercise is an intervention with few adverse events that may improve pain severity and physical function, and consequent quality of life. However, further research is required and should focus on increasing participant numbers, including participants with a broader spectrum of pain severity, and lengthening both the intervention itself, and the follow-up period. PMID: 28436583 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
When it comes to rehabilitation after spinal cord injury, what do orthopedic surgeons need to know?Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
CONCLUSIONS: The practice of self-medication with analgesics is frequent among patients with chronic pain, which may be due to the underprescription of more potent analgesics, such as opioids. It can also be said that, given the data presented, there is no crisis of recreational opioid use in the studied population. PMID: 31703816 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
LAFAYETTE, La. - A disability insurer's termination of disability benefits based on its finding that the claimant was not disabled from any occupation was not arbitrary and capricious because the insurer considered the opinion of the claimant's treating physician and the insurer based its decision on substantial medical evidence, a Louisiana federal judge said Nov. 5 (Darrell Goodman v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 18-623, W.D. La., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 193123).
COVINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky federal judge on Nov. 5 denied a disability claimant's motion for judgment on the administrative record after determining that the claimant failed to prove that she is incapable of performing any reasonable occupation as defined by the disability plan (Lisa Meiman v. Aetna Life Insurance Co., No. 18-75, E.D. Ky., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 191448).
CINCINNATI - The majority of a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Oct. 31 vacated a district court's judgment in favor of a disability insurer after determining that the insurer's denial of disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious because the insurer's decision was not the result of a deliberate, principled reasoning process regarding the claimant's ability to perform her job as a nurse (Susan Card v. Principal Life Insurance Co., No. 18-6095, 6th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 32573).
SAN DIEGO - A district court did not err in entering judgment in favor of a disability insurer because the disability claimant failed to prove that she was unable to perform the duties of her own occupation while she was still employed by her former employer and because the district court properly considered all of the claimant's evidence, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Oct. 18 (Kelly Demko v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 18-55428, 9th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 31102).
MADISON, Wis. - A Wisconsin federal judge on Oct. 29 awarded a disability claimant short-term disability (STD) benefits after determining that a disability insurer failed to consider all of the job duties required of the claimant, rather than the modified job duties performed by the claimant, when it denied her claim for benefits (Catherine A. Mathews v. The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., No. 18-46, W.D. Wisc., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 186986).
ATLANTA - A disability insurer's denial of a long-term disability claim for substance abuse was not arbitrary and capricious because the medical evidence supports the insurer's finding that the pre-existing condition exclusion applied as a bar to benefits, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said Nov. 7 (Anthony J. Ferrizzi v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co., No. 18-11803, 11th Cir., 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 33350).
FRESNO, Calif. - A disability insurer acted in bad faith and breached its contract in terminating a claimant's long-term disability (LTD) benefits because the insurer's termination was not reasonable and not based on reliable medical evidence, the claimant alleges in an Oct. 15 complaint filed in California federal court (Jennifer Sims v. Life Insurance Company of North America, No. 19-1460, E.D. Calif.).
LAS VEGAS - Following the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals' decision to remand a disability claimant's suit to consider the source of the claimant's disability, a Nevada federal judge on Oct. 29 granted the parties' stipulation for dismissal of the suit with prejudice (Miae Decovich v. Venetian Casino Resort LLC, et al., No. 11-872, D. Nev.).
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