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Opioids Less Effective Than Expected.
While the U.S. is undergoing an opioid epidemic, new findings show that the millions of people who take opioids for back pain may not experience pain relief, and suffer side effects in addition. In a study of 2,030 people with low back pain, almost half took

The Best Strategies for Coping With Arthritis Pain

If you are one of the millions of women with the degenerative joint disease called osteoarthritis (OA), you know how much of a toll it takes. OA of the knee is one of the top five causes of disability among community-living adults; more than 75 percent of OA patients report

Are Opiates Safe for Older Adults?

As the percentage of older individuals in the U.S. population grows dramatically in the coming decades, the problem of how to address the chronic pain that is so common in this age group looms as a significant challenge. Opioid medications represent one possible response in the battle against pain in

Is Chronic Pain an Emotional Disease?

Scientists have long tried to understand what causes an individual’s response to injury or disease to evolve from acute pain, which is an immediate response to a hurt, to chronic pain that continues for months or years after apparent recovery. Several recent studies suggest that chronic pain may come to

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

Opioid Drugs Provide Similar Pain Relief to NSAIDs for Knee Osteoarthritis

People with painful knee osteoarthritis often take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). If these drugs fail to provide adequate relief, opioid drugs may be the next step. The less potent opioid drug tramadol often is tried first. A recent study, published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (February 2016), calls into

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