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February 2022

Opioids are ineffective for osteoarthritis pain long term – or are they?

Another new study on opioids for chronic pain has just been released and the Australian media has picked it up and is running with sensationalistic anti-opioid headlines.  Again.  I’ve seen articles today in The Conversation and the Sydney Morning Herald.  Predictably, the media, and the… Read More »Opioids are ineffective for osteoarthritis pain long term – or are they?

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CDC proposes new guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, including opioid prescribing

The US government proposed new guidelines for prescribing opioid pain medications on Thursday.  Of particular importance is that they have removed the previously applied recommended ceilings on doses for chronic pain patients, and instead encourage doctors to use their clinical judgement. This is a huge… Read More »CDC proposes new guidelines on the treatment of chronic pain, including opioid prescribing

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Spinal Cord Stimulators – high complication rates and serious adverse events

Spinal cord stimulators are implanted devices designed to relieve pain by sending low level electrical signals directly to the spinal cord.  This signal interrupts the pain messages and therefore reduces pain.  Or that’s the theory. In practice, the devices often leave patients in more pain… Read More »Spinal Cord Stimulators – high complication rates and serious adverse events