Pain Management: What We Know and Don't Know
We have learned over time that some widely used therapies actually provide little benefit for most patients. Now several new studies should make us rethink some others.
A Marijuana Paradox: 3 Questions
Marijuana can be a valuable therapeutic tool for the nausea and vomiting that accompany chemotherapy, but it also can cause hyperemesis.
What Course to Take for Back-Related Leg Pain
A 62-year-old man has moderate to severe leg pain after playing 36 holes of golf. The pain originates from the lumbar spine and radiates into his lower extremities. What is the best course of treatment?
Knee Osteoarthritis Pain: Which Brace Works Best
A 45-year-old man with knee pain has medial osteoarthritis, and you prescribe NSAIDs. He plans to attend tennis camp. Do you recommend he wear a brace?
Osteoarthritis and Pain Go Hand in Hand
A 56-year-old woman presents with persistent pain and tenderness in both hands. A workup reveals she has erosive osteoarthritis. Which factors are most strongly associated with increased pain?
Small Dark Spot on Forehead
A new dark spot on the forehead; overprescribing of benzodiazepines; alcohol and atrial fibrillation . . . can you answer the quiz questions on these topics?
When New Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Better in Pain Medicine
Three new opioid analgesics that purport to offer benefits that current products lack come with marketing messages that ring both contradictory and redundant.
Blue Sclera and the Magic Bullet for Hypertension
Brown eyes, blue sclera; stress tests when a patient can’t stress; CRPS type I vs CRPS type II: can you answer these quiz questions?
Vitamin D Lessens Pain in Women With Diabetes, Depression
The use of vitamin D decreases pain in women who have type 2 diabetes mellitus and depression, according to a recent study, and more research is in the works.
Hyaluronic Acid Injections on Par With NSAIDs in Knee OA
The news is particularly auspicious for older patients who are at greater risk for NSAID-related events.