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For U.S. soldiers

Higher Optimism Tied to Lower Odds of Pain After Deployment

Soldiers with low optimism had increased odds of reporting new back pain, joint pain, headaches
Compounded topical pain creams are no better than placebo creams for neuropathic pain

Compounded Topical Pain Creams No Better Than Placebo

At one month, no significant difference seen in positive outcomes for treatment vs. control

January 2019 Briefing – Pain Management

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for January 2019. This roundup includes the...
For patients with chronic pain

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Also Benefits Chronic Pain

Compared with control, relative advantages seen for MBSR, cognitive behavioral therapy
Patient expectation and pain self-efficacy are associated with clinical outcomes among patients undergoing physical therapy for shoulder pain

Patient Attitude Tied to Physical Therapy Outcomes

In patients with shoulder pain, self-efficacy, patient expectation linked to pain and disability outcomes
For women with provoked vulvodynia

Gabapentin Improves Sexual Function in Provoked Vulvodynia

Sexual function improved for gabapentin vs. placebo, but still lower than among matched pain-free controls

December 2018 Briefing – Pain Management

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Pain Management for December 2018. This roundup includes the...
For patients with knee osteoarthritis and at least 12 months of follow-up

Effect Sizes Uncertain for Meds Versus Placebo in Knee OA

Meta-analysis: large uncertainty versus placebo for all medications for pain relief
Use of primary targeted muscle reinnervation can prevent or reduce pain in below-the-knee amputees

Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Can Reduce Phantom Limb Pain

Authors report reduction in pain and no symptomatic neuromas in 22 below-the-knee amputees
Opioid use is associated with small improvements in pain and physical functioning in patients with chronic noncancer pain

Opioids Offer Small Improvement in Pain, Physical Function

Benefits for pain and physical function similar between opioids and nonopioid pain meds