Pain Management

Pain management is key for ongoing pain control, particularly if you suffer from chronic pain. Pain brings not only bodily discomfort, but can also cause stress, affect our work, and impact how we interact with family and friends. Long-term pain conditions can alter your life—but there are ways to help mitigate the impact of pain. A doctor can do a pain-assessment and prescribe pain medicine, treatments, and psychotherapy to help with pain relief. Learn more about pain here:

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Pain Management

Beating Pain with Mindfulness Training

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A new intervention called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, or MORE, trains people to respond differently to pain, stress and opioid-related cues University of Utah researcher Eric Garland developed the treatment,  which has been shown to not only lower pain but also decrease prescription opioid misuse among chronic pain patients. The study was published published online February 3rd 2014 in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

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BP Med Can Prevent Migraines

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Candesartan, a medication used to treat high blood pressure, is just as effective as more the commonly prescribed propranolol when it comes to preventing migraine attacks. That is the finding of a study from St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Better yet, the team learned that candesartan may work for patients who get no relief from propranolol. A release from the university quotes lead researcher Professor Lars Jacob Stovner as saying, "This gives doctors more possibilities and we can help more people."

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Motion Evaluation Tool for Back Surgery Patients

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Patients who have had extensive back surgery typically need repeated X-rays to monitor their progress but a new technology that skips the X-rays and repeated radiation exposure is on the horizon. The method was developed by , opting instead for an innovative, noninvasive, non-X-ray device that evaluates spinal movement. The technology was created and patented by two engineering undergraduate students, Kerri Killen and Samantha Music,  at the University of South Florida.

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Chinese Medicine for Chronic Pain

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Corydalis, a plant used for centuries in Chinese medicine, may be just what we in the West need to relieve chronic pain, according toa study done at the University of California-Irvine and published in the journal Current Biology on January 2nd 2014. A key pain-relieving ingredient is a compound known as dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) found in the roots of the flowering plant, which is a member of the poppy family.