A novel, noninvasive, over-the-counter electromagnetic neuromodulation device (ActiPatch, BioElectronics Corp.) appears to deliver long-lasting relief in chronic pain patients. However, at least one pain expert has concerns about the study methodology and interpretation of the results.
Pain is the most common reason for seeking medical care. It is also a common reason why people turn to complementary health approaches. This 47-page eBook provides an overview of complementary health approaches for pain, including acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, spinal manipulation, yoga, and more. You’ll find summaries of what the science says about whether these approaches are useful and safe, as well as tips to help you be an informed consumer.
-Too many in medicine are tilting at the wrong windmill
Full disclosure right off the bat: I've never been offered nor would I accept anything (besides pens, sticky notes, & the occasional Starbucks or sandwich) from a drug company. I'm not in their pocket and in fact, I'm the "anti-Rx guy" in my community. But there's a time and a place for medicine whether that's Lasix, Lupron, or Lyrica.
A virtual reality (VR) treatment developed for the treatment of phantom limb pain may reduce pain intensity and phantom sensations in some patients, according to a study published in Pain Medicine.
Exposure to green light therapy may significantly reduce pain in patients with chronic pain conditions, including migraine and fibromyalgia, an expert reported at the scientific meeting of the American Pain Society.
The heightened focus and widening regulatory restrictions on opioid prescribing may be prompting more widespread use of alternatives to this class of medications. Two drugs that are increasingly being prescribed for pain management are the gabapentinoids gabapentin (Neurontin) and pregabalin (Lyrica). There are many questions, however, about their efficacy for the numerous pain conditions for which they are prescribed, off-label
A Clinical Overview of Off-label Use of Gabapentinoid Drugs
The gabapentinoid drugs gabapentin and pregabalin were originally developed as antiseizure drugs but now are prescribed mainly for treatment of pain.