Tag: opioid addiction

Optimize the Results of Your Knee Replacement

As the U.S. population ages, the need for total knee replacements (TKR) will rise. Currently, more than 600,000 TKRs are performed annually, and projections estimate that, by the year 2030, the number of TKRs will increase by almost 700 percent.

Pain and stiffness resulting from osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common

Use Caution with Opioid Medications to Prevent Addiction

Opioid addiction—a dependence on drugs that contain narcotic substances derived from opium—is a growing problem in the U.S. But many patients are unaware of the potential harms of opioid drugs, since the path to opioid addiction often begins with a prescription from a doctor.

“Approximately two million people have an opioid

Back Pain With Depression? Don’t Rely on Opioids for Help

Chronic lower back pain is thought to affect about 50 million adults in the U.S., with older adults particularly at risk. Many people with back pain are prescribed opioids, powerful painkillers that are frequently utilized as next-step therapy if back pain doesn’t respond to other medications.

However, a recent small study

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