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Chronic Pain and Emotional Distress Often Treated With Risky Medications

HBNS STORY | November 12, 2013

People with chronic pain and emotional distress are more likely to be given ongoing prescriptions for opioid drugs, which may not help, finds a new review in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Chronic Pain Sufferers Likely to Have Anxiety

HBNS STORY | May 7, 2013

Patients coping with chronic pain should also be evaluated for anxiety disorders, according to new research published in General Hospital Psychiatry.

Drugs to Treat Fibromyalgia Just as Likely to Harm as Help

HBNS STORY | January 31, 2013

Among fibromyalgia patients taking either of two commonly prescribed drugs to reduce pain, 22 percent report substantial improvement while 21 percent had to quit the regimen due to unpleasant side effects, according to a new review in The Cochrane Library.

Evidence Does Not Back-Up Spinal Manipulation for Acute Lower Back Pain

HBNS STORY | September 20, 2012

Manipulating or “adjusting” the spine is a popular way to treat occasional or acute lower back pain and is covered by many health insurance plans, but a recent review by The Cochrane Library finds no evidence to suggest it is more effective than other therapy options.

Topical NSAIDs Provide Relief from Arthritis Pain

HBNS STORY | September 18, 2012

For those suffering from osteoarthritis of the knees or hands, applying topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) —in the form of creams, gels and patches —can bring weeks of pain relief, finds a new review by The Cochrane Library.

Caffeine Gives a Small Boost to Painkillers’ Effectiveness

HBNS STORY | March 15, 2012

Caffeine improves the effectiveness of over-the-counter pain relieving drugs, but only by a small margin, according to a new evidence review in The Cochrane Library.

Caffeine Can Ease a Spinal Tap Headache

HBNS STORY | August 9, 2011

People who suffer headaches after a spinal tap might have a relatively simple way to ease the painful throb: a caffeine tablet.

Overdoses of Popular Painkiller Send Thousands to ER Each Year

HBNS STORY | May 3, 2011

Overdose of the common household drug acetaminophen leads to more than 78,000 emergency department visits a year, and the majority of the overdoses are intentional, according to a new CDC study.

For Back Pain, Spinal Manipulation Holds Its Own

HBNS STORY | February 15, 2011

If you’re suffering from chronic lower back pain, a new review finds that spinal manipulation ? the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform ? is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers.

Review: Ibuprofen Offers Relief for Many With Migraine Headaches

HBNS STORY | October 5, 2010

Low Back Pain Is No Reason to Stay in Bed

HBNS STORY | June 15, 2010

Out-of-Pocket Costs Put Arthritis Drugs Out of Reach for Some

HBNS STORY | May 20, 2010

Chiropractic Treatment Offers Some Relief for Early Low Back Pain

HBNS STORY | April 13, 2010

Acetaminophen Alone Works Well for Postpartum Pain

HBNS STORY | March 16, 2010

Is Your Back Pain Caused by Herniated Disc? Single Test Can’t Tell

HBNS STORY | February 16, 2010

Latino and White Children Might Receive Different Pain Treatment

HBNS STORY | February 4, 2010

Used as Prescribed, Opioids Relieve Chronic Pain With Little Addiction Risk

HBNS STORY | January 19, 2010