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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Lowering the default number of opioid pills prescribed through an electronic medical record system to patients undergoing outpatient operations can significantly reduce the mean amount of opioid analgesia prescriptions, reports astudy published today inJAMA Surgery. The findings point to a low-cost and potentially scalable intervention to continue to decrease the overprescribing of opioids.On May 18, 2017, the Yale New Haven Health System, which uses a unified electronic medical record (EMR) system, lowered the default number of pills on all electronic opioid prescriptions from 30 to 12. To evaluate the impact of this chan...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: Alexander S. Chiu David D. Q. Zhang electronic medical records JAMA Surgery opioids prescribing Source Type: research
(Wiley) Opioids are commonly prescribed in the emergency department (ED) for the treatment of acute pain, but due to the epidemic of opioid misuse, analgesic alternatives are being explored. A new Academic Emergency Medicine analysis of relevant studies found that low-dose ketamine is as effective as opioids for the control of acute pain in the ED.
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As a primary care doctor who cares for many patients with opioid-use disorder, I am invested in timely and effective strategies to curb our nation’s opioid epidemic. Because so many instances of opioid addiction and overdoses begin with or involve commonly prescribed opioids, we need multiple strategies that address the significant harms associated with prescription opioids. I am skeptical of one strategy, however: The President’s Commission and the Food and Drug Administration are promoting development of abuse-deterrent prescription opioids as the solution to our opioid problem. These technologies t...
Source: Kevin, M.D. - Medical Weblog - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Meds Medications Pain Management Source Type: blogs
(Natural News) Pain is one of the most common symptoms of an injury or disease, and prescription drugs such as opioids that are used for pain relief are now being used so excessively that they’re causing a major epidemic with opioid dependence. Turns out there is a modest plant growing in your backyard that can provide pain-relieving benefits similar...
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Opioid use has reached epidemic proportions over the past decade, becoming one of America’s highest-priority public health issues. With opioid abuse spiraling out of control, lawmakers, regulators, and health professionals are scrambling to better understand key drivers of this issue and develop an effective action plan. Although the devastating impact of opioids on families and communities is well known, less focus has been given to how it affects the workplace and the role that employers and health care plan sponsors can play in combating it. Opioids’ impact on America’s workforce Opioid use is surging ...
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The opioid epidemic in the United States is a public health emergency. Minimally invasive surgical technology has decreased length of hospital stay, improved postoperative recovery, and decreased postoperative pain. Hysterectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. Increasing trends in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery are expected to reduce patients ’ postoperative pain. It is unclear whether this assumption has resulted in decreasing post-operative opioid prescriptions or patient need for these prescriptions, as prescribing patterns may be contributing to the current opioid pub...
Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Source Type: research
The increased use of opioid pain medications in North America in the last 2 decades has given rise an epidemic of addictions, overdoses and deaths, to which both the US and Canadian governments have enacted strategies to help combat these crises [1-3]. While these strategies develop multiple interventions to curb opioid use, a common target is to reduce physician opioid prescribing. Many patients may receive their first dose of opioid in the Emergency Department (ED), and recent studies show that there has been a steady increase in opioid prescribing in US EDs to adults (relative increase of 49% from 2001 to 2010) [4, 5].
Source: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
Opioid use and abuse has become a National crisis in the United States. Many opioid abusers become addicted through an initial course of legal, physician-prescribed medications. Consequently, there has been increased pressure on medical care providers to be better stewards of these medications. In orthopaedic surgery and total joint replacement, pain control after surgery is critical for restoring mobility and maintaining patient satisfaction in the early post-operative period. Prior to the opioid misuse epidemic, orthopaedic surgeons were frequently influenced to “treat pain with pain medications.” Long acting...
Source: The Journal of Arthroplasty - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: AAHKS Symposium Source Type: research
Publication date: September 2018Source: Microbial Pathogenesis, Volume 122Author(s): Yan Chao Cui, Qiong Wu, Seoh Wei Teh, Amira Peli, Gang Bu, Yu Sheng Qiu, Giovanni Benelli, S. Suresh KumarAbstractThe recent global resurgence of arthritogenic alphaviruses, including Ross River, chikungunya, and dengue, highlights an urgency for the development of therapeutic strategies. Currently, dengue represents the most rapidly transmitting mosquito-borne viral disease worldwide. By contracting bone breaking diseases, patients experience devastating clinical manifestations involving muscle pain and bone loss. The bone self-repair and...
Source: Microbial Pathogenesis - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 23 June 2018Source: Integrative Medicine ResearchAuthor(s): Mohamed K.M. Khalil, Sulaiman Al-Eidi, Meshary Al-Qaed, Saud AlSanadAbstractSaudi Arabia is witnessing a healthcare transformation to face the challenges of the increased burden of noncommunicable diseases and to maintain the quality of healthcare services. However, in Saudi Arabia, where low back and neck pain, depressive disorders, migraine, diabetes, and anxiety disorders cause the most disability, a broader way of integrative health approach is needed to foster healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. In the presenc...
Source: Integrative Medicine Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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