The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are focusing on finding solutions to chronic pain in veterans. Twelve research projects will be funded, several of which have been awarded.
Lady Gaga has had to cancel a recent tour to Brazil citing severe pain. She has written about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past.
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….
“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.”