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.
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.
Topics: Pain Management
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”.
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.
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.
Topics: Pain Management
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.
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?
Last week, the U.S. Surgeon General released a first of its kind report on the impact of substance abuse in America. The results were staggering. These days, more people in America use prescription opioids than use tobacco, and more people suffer from a substance abuse disorder (including opioids and alcohol) than people with cancer.
Chronic pain affects about 1 out of every 4 people in the U.S. at a cost of about $600 billion per year. Pain has become a widespread problem that we at IWP care about improving.
At the heart of every workers' compensation claim is an injured worker who is seeking the benefits that will help them return to work quickly and without issue. Over the past few years, we've seen several trends within work comp aimed at improving patient care and lowering overall costs.