Pain Medicine

Pharmacological interventions for the prevention of acute postoperative pain in adults following brain surgery – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Preventing pain after brain surgery – Cochrane Library (free)


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Which specific modes of exercise training are most effective for treating low back pain? Network meta-analysis – British Journal of Sports Medicine (free)


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Trends in Internet Searches for Cannabidiol (CBD) in the United States – JAMA Network Open (free)

Commentaries: Interest in CBD products keeps soaring, but health experts wary – HealthDay (free) AND Online Searches For CBD Skyrocket – (free)


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Podcast: Osteoarthritis Master Class

15 Oct, 2019 | 10:22h | UTC

Comparison of Oral Ibuprofen at Three Single-Dose Regimens for Treating Acute Pain in the Emergency Department: A Randomized Controlled Trial – Annals of Emergency Medicine (link to abstract – $ for full-text)

Commentary: Don’t Use More Than 400 mg of Ibuprofen for Pain Control – NEJM Journal Watch (free for a limited period)


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NCCN Guideline: Adult Cancer Pain

9 Aug, 2019 | 08:12h | UTC

Tramadol for osteoarthritis – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Tramadol for osteoarthritis – Cochrane Library (free)

“tramadol alone or in combination with acetaminophen probably has no important benefit on mean pain or function in people with osteoarthritis, although slightly more people in the tramadol group report an important improvement”


Review: New Concepts of Pain

19 May, 2019 | 20:37h | UTC

Chronic use of tramadol after acute pain episode: cohort study – The BMJ (free)

Commentaries: Risk of Prolonged Use With Tramadol vs Other Short Acting Opioids Examined – MPR (free) AND ‘There really is no safe opioid’: Study finds tramadol isn’t a less addictive painkiller – CBC (free)


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Exercise as a Prescription for Patients with Various Diseases – Journal of Sport and Health Science (free)

This review summarizes the latest exercise prescription treatments for 26 different diseases.


A Clinical Overview of Off-label Use of Gabapentinoid Drugs – JAMA Internal Medicine (free for a limited period)

Related Meta-Analysis: Anticonvulsants in the Treatment of Low Back Pain and Lumbar Radicular Pain (free study and commentaries)

“Clinicians who prescribe gabapentinoids off-label for pain should be aware of the limited evidence and should acknowledge to patients that potential benefits are uncertain for most off-label uses.”


EAN Guideline on Trigeminal Neuralgia

14 Mar, 2019 | 00:50h | UTC

Paracetamol versus placebo for knee and hip osteoarthritis – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Paracetamol for treating people with hip or knee osteoarthritis – Cochrane Library (free)

Related: Paracetamol: widely used and largely ineffective (free)


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Chronic pain as a symptom or a disease: The IASP Classification of Chronic Pain for the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) – Pain (free)

Commentary: IASP Updates Classification of Chronic Pain – Clinical Advisor (free)


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Subacromial decompression surgery for rotator cuff disease – Cochrane Library (free)

Summary: Surgery for rotator cuff disease (free)

Related Studies: Subacromial Decompression vs Diagnostic Arthroscopy for Shoulder Impingement (free study and commentaries) AND Arthroscopic subacromial decompression for subacromial shoulder pain (free study and commentaries)

“The data in this review do not support the use of subacromial decompression in the treatment of rotator cuff disease manifest as painful shoulder impingement.”


Review: Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain

30 Nov, 2018 | 01:45h | UTC

Cannabinoids for Chronic Pain – Therapeutics Initiative (free)

Related: Meta-Analysis: Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Chronic Noncancer Pain Conditions (free) AND Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care (free article and commentary)

“At the present time we lack good evidence that any cannabis-derived product works for chronic pain”


Podcast: Headaches Advanced Class

2 Nov, 2018 | 02:49h | UTC

Non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain – Cochrane Library (free)

“There is a lack of high-quality evidence to support or refute the effectiveness of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques for chronic pain”


Medical News & Perspectives: Robert Kerns, PhD: Researching Nondrug Approaches to Pain Management – JAMA (free for a limited period)


When Opioids Make Pain Worse

16 Mar, 2018 | 01:17h | UTC