Stephanie Labonville

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New Treatment Guideline Recommendations for Low Back Pain

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Apr 11, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The American College of Physicians recently released new clinical practice guidelines that recommend non-drug therapies as the first place to start when treating low back pain.  Whether the low back pain is acute (lasting less than 4 weeks), subacute (4-12 weeks), or chronic (lasting more than 12 weeks), clinicians and patients should not initially select medications alone to improve low back pain and function.

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Topics: Pain Management

Opiate, Opioid, Narcotic - What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Mar 29, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The terms opiate, opioid and narcotic are often used in what would seem the same way. With prescription pain medications reaching their highest point in years, it’s wise to know the difference between each of these terms and how they work.

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Topics: Clinical

Top 8 Pain Management Videos to Watch

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Mar 8, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Pain is something that about 1 out of every 4 people in the United States deals with on a daily basis. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. 

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Topics: Pain Management

Are Tamper Resistant Drugs a Way to Curb the Opioid Epidemic?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Feb 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Tamper resistant and abuse deterrent opioid formulations are designed to make drugs difficult or less desirable to use in any manner other than how they were prescribed.  The formulations make them harder to crush, chew, cut, dissolve, inhale, inject, or less rewarding if done so, thus deterring use in many of the ways they are abused.   With the goal of combatting the opioid epidemic, the “FDA is encouraging the development of opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties”.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

Tips For Tapering Medication

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Feb 8, 2017 10:26:07 AM

It’s become clear that excessive use of opioids is a problem.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prescription opioids are considered a driving force in the 15-year increase in opioid-related deaths with 91 Americans dying every day from an opioid overdose. What can be done to decrease these overdoses? Many factors and opinions play into the decisions around how best to tackle this problem.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Medication Treatment Options

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jan 26, 2017 10:53:45 AM

When it comes to taking medications, it’s important to make decisions about continuing, changing or stopping them based off an understanding of the potential for both risks and benefits.  Medications should only be used if the benefits outweigh the potential harms or risks.

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Topics: Clinical

Get Involved During National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jan 20, 2017 12:30:40 PM

Today marks the beginning of National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is devoted to minimizing the negative impact drugs and alcohol can have by educating young people using science from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to dispel potentially harmful drug and alcohol myths.

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Topics: Clinical

Adverse Drug Reactions: What to Know

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jan 11, 2017 4:05:28 PM

Adverse drug reactions (ADR) cause between 5-7% of all hospitalizations, and result in over 140,000 fatalities annually.  These staggering statistics highlight why it is so important to understand what ADRs are and what can be done about them. 

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Topics: Clinical

If Not Opioids - Then What?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Dec 16, 2016 11:30:17 AM

78 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. These staggering statistics have brought about several initiatives aimed at reducing the prescribing of opioids and limiting their availability to the masses. At the same time, chronic pain continues to be a common health problem - especially for injured workers. The balance of aggressive chronic pain treatment with the need to minimize the risks of opioids has left several people wondering what the future of opioids and pain management will look like.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation

Informative Healthcare Resources You Can Use

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Dec 6, 2016 12:51:52 PM

Within the last decade, the internet has become a mecca of information. More and more people are turning to the web to find helpful information with the push of a button. But with so much content to sort through, how do people recognize valuable and factual information?

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management, Workers' Compensation

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