The Holy Trinity of Medications: High Risk Combinations

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

While opioids have a proper role in pain management, much of the recent news related to opioids focuses on their dangerous and addictive nature. Adverse effects of opioids have touched countless lives and with the recent announcement by President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency, countless people have become aware that opioids are associated with addiction, abuse, diversion, and other risks. While it’s important to know that using opioids alone is dangerous, the combination of opioids with other medications can often be even more dangerous.

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Topics: Pain Management, opiod epidemic, holy trinity

How do I Know If I'm at Risk for Opioid Abuse or Misuse?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jul 6, 2017 10:12:06 AM

With opioid abuse and misuse so prevalent today, it is important to understand the scale of the issue and be aware that certain factors might put you or someone you know at risk for developing opioid addiction, abuse, harm or misuse. 

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

How to Manage Pain After Surgery

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on Jun 22, 2017 9:55:45 AM

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) has named 2017 the Global Year Against Pain After Surgery. Anyone who is undergoing surgery wants the process to be as smooth and painless as possible, and the IASP has dedicated this year towards promoting better pain management after surgery, with efforts targeting both healthcare professionals and patients.

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Topics: Pain Management

Is Pain All in My Head?

Posted by Stephanie Labonville on May 30, 2017 2:29:30 PM

Pain is the result of signals sent to and interpreted by your brain.  Pain signals can come from many areas of your body, but you do not know you’re in pain until your brain processes and perceives it.  Though the perception of pain is generally initiated once there is an injury (which causes pain signals to be sent to the brain), sometimes even after an injury has healed, the brain still perceives the existence of pain.

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Topics: Pain Management

Topical Compound Medications: An Alternative to Oral Medications

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

Topical compound medications are typically not the first choice for treatment of pain from a workplace injury, but they can be useful in some situations.

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Topics: Clinical, Pain Management

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

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

Happier Patients Tend to Have Better Recovery Outcomes

Posted by Kellie Collier on Dec 22, 2016 4:24:08 PM

Can a positive demeanor have an effect on a person’s recovery? More and more studies are linking a patient’s optimistic attitude to quicker recovery times for injuries, surgeries and illnesses.  

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Topics: Pain Management

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