Chronic Pain 
The MD Magazine Chronic Pain condition center provides clinical news and articles, information about upcoming conferences and meetings, updated clinical trial listings, and other resources.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine: What Works?
From fish oil to acupuncture, a new study assesses the application and efficacy of popular alternative treatments.
Many patients with a variety of chronic pain conditions think negatively about how it will affect their sleep – which ends up leading to worse sleep outcomes. A study from the University of Warwick in England shows just how powerful these negative thoughts are.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but so could regular cannabis use, according to a study from The University of Edinburgh.
Many studies compare a pain drug to a placebo in order to identify potential analgesic effects; however, typically these studies are blinded. But a study out of Portugal went against the grain.
There are many challenges that confront pain specialists on a daily basis. Despite those challenges, seeing their patients recover and live a better quality of life is reward enough to keep them optimistic for the future of the field.
Injectable medications are being used for everything from chronic pain to cancer related pain. While doctors are working to help their patients manage their symptoms they are also keeping a close eye on potential abuse and illegal activity with the medication.
Ketamine is not a new tool in the arsenal of pain medication but doctors are finding new ways to use it in order to provide relief for patients. As an infusion ketamine is being used to treat chronic pain syndromes.
In an effort to avoid prescribing opioids except in cases where they are needed doctors are finding new ways to provide relief for their patients. This can include newly developed implantable medications which can help reduce pain and increase quality of life.
When opioids first hit the market they were specifically promoted for their non-addictive traits. Over the past few decades that has been disproven as doctors look for the best way to treat patients and avoid the risk of unwanted addiction and other issues.

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