August 2012

Gout: Careful Management Leads to Excellent Outcomes

August 20, 2012

Feature Article

Gout is one of the most painful forms of chronic arthritis. Successful treatment requires controlling the patient's uric acid levels, proper selection of the appropriate individualized drug therapy, and patient education to ensure compliance.

To Curb Prescription Opioid Abuse, Physicians Need to Get with the Program

August 17, 2012

Feature Q&A

Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, coauthor of the recent NEJM article, "Medication Reconciliation for Controlled Substances - An ‘Ideal' Prescription-Drug Monitoring Program," discusses the current state of prescription drug monitoring programs around the country, several characteristics shared by successful programs, and the difficulty of getting physicians and patients to grasp the scope of the opioid abuse epidemic.

Clinical Trial Reports: August 2012

August 16, 2012

Clinical Trial Reports

A look at pain management clinical trials, August 2012. As part of our continued effort to provide pain professionals with the resources they need, PainLive presents summaries of ongoing clinical trials in a broad range of pain management topics.

The Face of Pain: Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia

August 14, 2012

Chronic Pain

Trigeminal neuralgia, or tic doloureux, is one of the least recognized and most excruciating chronic pain conditions. Anticonvulsants have been shown to be effective, but some patients require surgical intervention to find relief from the pain.

Medication Overuse Headache: When the Cure is the Cause of the Pain

August 10, 2012

Chronic Pain

Also known as rebound headache, medication overuse headache is a fairly common condition that can be missed by non-specialists who are unfamiliar with its presentation and clinical signs. This article reviews the causes and types of medication overuse headache and discusses the current thinking on treatment.

A Multimodal, Customized Approach Works Best When Treating Postoperative Pain

August 09, 2012

Feature Articles

Physicians today take postoperative pain more seriously, and treat it more effectively, than ever before. But pain specialists say new medications and new research make it possible to do even better-if clinicians remember two important concepts.

Do You Use Opioids in Your Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis?

August 06, 2012

Chronic Pain

The risks are proven. The benefits are questionable. The alternatives are numerous. So is it ever a good idea to prescribe opioids for patients suffering with chronic pain from rheumatoid arthritis?