Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren't unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests.
Dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Results of a systematic evidence review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
A noninvasive treatment for knee arthritis has been developed that uses cooled radio energy to target and interrupt pain signals. Known as “Coolief,” the procedure can provide several months of relief from chronic arthritis pain for patients for whom surgery is not an option.
New research shows that common painkillers (NSAIDs) have more side effects than we think, and that they should be used with great care in patients with heart disease. NSAIDs are among the most sold medicines in the world