Pain Management News for Medical Professionals

Epidural Steroid Injections May Delay Surgery, But Only Minimally

Epidural injections of steroids may have only a small effect in preventing or delaying the need for spinal surgery for low back pain when compared to other treatments.

FDA's Prescription Acetaminophen Recommendation

FDA is recommending health care professionals discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet, capsule, or other dosage unit.

Opioid Prescribing: The Hospitalist Perspective, A Qualitative Analysis

A study published recently in the Journal of Hospital Medicine reveals some surprising factors that influence hospitalists' attitudes toward opioid prescribing during hospitalization and at discharge.

Early Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain Shows Modest Benefits

Low back pain is common among many Americans, and even as health care spending increases, so does the prevalence of poor outcomes associated with it.

Oral Steroids Provide Little Pain Relief Over Placebo in Acute Radiculopathy Due to Disc Herniation

Despite the widespread use of oral corticosteroids for acute radiculopathy resulting from a herniated lumbar disk, this treatment did not significantly improve pain levels compared with placebo in a randomized controlled trial published in the May 19 issue of JAMA. Oral steroids were linked to a modest improvement in function in this study.

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