Pain Management

Chronic pain after trauma may depend on what stress gene variation you carry

Unfortunately, almost every individual in the world will experience at least one traumatic event, such as a car crash, assault, exposure to war combat...

Common painkiller cannot treat chronic pain after traumatic nerve injury

A new study out today in the Journal of Neurology finds that common painkiller, pregabalin,  is not effective in controlling the chronic pain that...

This blood pressure drug could help treat anxiety, pain

An inhaled form of a high blood pressure medication has potential to treat certain types of anxiety as well as pain, according to a...

Who are most likely to use opioids?

Among older Americans, the poorest are the most likely to use prescription opiods, according to a new study. The findings raise important questions about access...

How many Americans really misuse opioids? Why scientists still aren’t sure

With rates of prescription opioid use disorder and opioid-involved overdose deaths on the rise, the U.S. opioid crisis appears to be continuing unabated. Data on...

Cannabinoid drugs could make pain feel more tolerable

In a recent study, researchers find that cannabinoid drugs do not appear to reduce the intensity of experimental pain, but, instead, may make pain...

Video game exercises could help chronic low back pain

A new study from the University of Sydney found the effect of an 8-week home-based video game program was comparable to exercise programs completed...

Sugar pills could relieve pain for certain chronic pain patients

Someday doctors may prescribe sugar pills for certain chronic pain patients based on their brain anatomy and psychology. And the pills will reduce their pain...

Sugar pills could reduce chronic pain

In new research, scientists from Northwestern Medicine can reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on the...

Pain and negative emotions: the vicious cycle

In a recent study, Penn State researchers find emotions such as anger or sadness often are result of stress or pain, and that they...