A growing number of new devices are being developed to interrupt pain signals traveling to the brain – some require implantation, others are used externally.
Green LED light-exposed rats experienced less pain in a recent experiment published in the journal Pain.
No studies on humans thus far….
The American Society of Anesthesiologists suggests you ask yourself and your physician some tough questions about pain medications, whether related to surgery or not.
Some of the questions are straightforward including:
WHY WAS I PRESCRIBED OPIOIDS?
ARE THERE OTHER PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS?
Download this informative brochure from the American Society of Anesthesiologists
“To help inform Americans about existing, non-prescription solutions for pain relief, Performance Health, makers of Biofreeze Pain Reliever and TheraBand exercise and recovery tools, will partern with NFL pro and current New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees to launch a national “Safer Pain Relief” campaign.
The “Safer Pain Relief” initiative will address the dangers of misusing opioid pain relievers and the opportunity, in many cases, to use alternatives.
This study found that “prolonged sitting (>6 hours) and stress or depression triggered low back pain flare-ups. Physical therapy was a deterrent of flare-ups.”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) improved functioning with reduced depression in a study of patients with chronic pain.
Helen R. Gilpin, Alexandra Keyes, Daniel R. Stahl, Riannon Greig, Lance M. McCracken. Predictors of Treatment Outcome in Contextual Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review. The Journal of Pain, 2017; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.04.003
Study discusses “current challenges arising in this new era of synthetic opioids, including variable potency of illicit drugs due to erratic adulteration of the drug supply with synthetic opioids, potentially changing efficacy of standard naloxone formulations for overdose rescue, potentially shorter overdose response time, and reports of fentanyl exposure among people who use drugs but are opioid naïve”