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Investigators believe they may have identified a potential “off switch” for pain, according to study results published in the journal Brain.
Diabetics often experience peripheral neuropathy. In an estimated 30% to 50% of patients, this condition results in pain. The most common painful neuropathy is distal symmetric sensorimotor polyneuropathy.
Microvascular disease is a concern in patients with diabetes, and follows hyperglycemia-induced endothelial damage or endothelial dysfunction. Diabetic neuropathy is the most prominent microvascular consequence of diabetes, and often, the foot is involved.
Patient-matched treatment does not improve outcomes for individuals with chronic, recurrent low back pain, according to a study published in the Dec. 1 issue of The Spine Journal.
The current issue of The Lancet takes a deep dive into the World War I treatment of phantom limb pain and amputated limb patients.
Almost everyone has episodes of low back pain (LBP) from time to time. Fortunately, most episodes of LBP are considered acute, and resolve within 6 to 12 weeks. When LBP pain persists and becomes chronic, treatment is considerably more complicated and often leads the patient to the surgical suite.
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