Integrative medicine approaches for pain treatment -- can they be an alternative to opioids?

(Wolters Kluwer Health) Can acupuncture and yoga help to fight the opioid epidemic? These and other integrative medicine approaches have shown at least preliminary evidence of effectiveness in pain management, according to an article in the December issue of Anesthesia&Analgesia -- a special thematic issue addressing the opioid crisis.
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Marijuana has been used for reported medical purposes for thousands of years when the plant had THC content of 0.5 to 3%. The most common reported medical use is for pain. Several states and the District of Columbia have some form of legalized marijuana, with many states having legalized for recreational use. There has been […]Find jobs at  Careers by KevinMD.com.  Search thousands of physician, PA, NP, and CRNA jobs now.  Learn more.
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Authors: Parikh JM, Amolenda P, Rutledge J, Szabova A, Chidambaran V Abstract INTRODUCTION: The opioid abuse epidemic and its toll on the adolescent population has heightened awareness for safer opioid prescribing practices in pediatric pain management. Opioids remain the mainstay of therapy for severe pain, although there is an emphasis on multimodal therapy. Areas covered: In this update, the authors present information on parenteral/oral opioids commonly used in pediatrics. Recommendations for opioid use in special circumstances including neonates and developmental pharmacokinetic concerns are discussed. Due to ...
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Not many medtech companies have the reach and scale of Medtronic. Yet, the Dublin-based firm is in the same position as any other device firm when it comes to the awareness and acceptance of alternatives to oral opioids. Medtronic is hoping to change this with the help of its newly-launched Embrace Targeted Drug Delivery (TDD)clinical study. The 100-patient trial is a post-market study set to evaluate the use of the SynhroMed II intrathecal drug delivery system for patients with chronic intractable non-malignant primary back pain with or without leg pain. The first patient was enrolled in Embrace TDD last week. â ...
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The 16th century philosopher Francis Bacon once observed that on many occasions, “the remedy is worse than the disease.” And this would seem to be the case, at least when it comes to prescribing narcotics to treat injuries, only to discover that the “cure” has surpassed the pain it was supposed to treat and becomes a major problem unto itself. In response to a growing o pioid epidemic, the CDC released opioid prescription guidelines in March 2016. The CDC recognizes that prescription opioids…
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Counties where doctors got more meals, trips and consulting fees from opioid makers had higher overdose deaths involving prescription opioids.
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You're reading Natural Ways to Relieve IT Band Syndrome, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. Your endorphins are up. Your stride is smooth. You glide through the park with peaceful solitude, having the track to yourself for once. Then bang! Your foot hits the pavement and you buckle your knee in pain. When you try to straighten your leg, you feel a click so strong that you can almost hear it. You have just developed Iliotibial Band (IT Band) Syndrome, one of the two types of “runner’s knee,&rdquo...
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Prescription drug abuse is epidemic in the Western world; therefore it is recommended to monitor patients taking analgesics and other psychoactive drugs. However, these medications are difficult to be determined in conventional matrices. We evaluated whether hair analysis was suitable to monitor pain medications prescribed to patients with chronic pain. Our results showed that, intra ‐patient, the rate of incorporation of analgesic and psychoactive drugs in the keratin matrix was consistent over time, regardless of the dose taken. AbstractMonitoring of prescription pain medications is strongly recommended, considering th...
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When a patient walks into Dr. Jason Yong’s clinic at Brigham &Women‘s Faulkner Hospital complaining of pain, his work has just begun. “Pain is a common symptom and it’s totally generic,” Yong explained to MassDevice. “The other thing that makes it challenging is that it’s so subjective.” After Yong exhausts the pharmaceutical possibilities for managing his patient’s pain, he turns to technological options such as implantable neuromodulation systems. Neuromod devices use electrodes to deliver stimulation directly to a patient’s brain, spinal cord or peripheral ...
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CONCLUSIONS: Given the similarities in the in itial clinical profiles of these arboviruses, it is important to perform a detailed clinical analysis, laboratory diagnosis, and patient follow-up.
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CONCLUSION: The epidemic of opioid misuse has shown that there is a lack of fundamental knowledge about the characteristics and management of chronic pain, that conflicts of interest and validity of models must be more intensively considered in the context of drug development and that novel analgesics with less addictive potential are urgently needed. Currently, the most promising perspectives appear to be augmenting endogenous opioid actions and the selective activation of peripheral opioid receptors. PMID: 30645691 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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