In Pain Management, Multiple Paths May Be Better Than One

(DGIwire) – Variety is the spice of life. But can it also be the key to better pain management? It very well might, according to a recent article in Anesthesiology News. A massive database analysis of more than 1.5 million hip and knee replacement patients found that those receiving more than one type of traditional […]

Delivering More Options for People Living With Pain

(DGIwire) – Recent years have provided the healthcare community with a brand new perspective on the enduring dilemma of how to treat pain effectively. As a recent article in Pain Medicine News points out, the proper treatment of pain is likely to involve well-trained providers who are versed in a multidisciplinary approach to solving the […]

New Legislation Takes Aim at the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Many Americans have come to the realization that the opioid crisis can only be effectively addressed through a massive effort that involves government action. These days, the U.S. government is gearing up for more effective measures that can have the most positive impact on the greatest number of stakeholders. In April 2018, the […]

Opioids Still Needed for Acute Pain Treatment But New Solutions Are Important

(DGIwire) – In spite of widespread calls to address their abuse, opioids are still playing a key role in the treatment of acute pain following hospital procedures and for the management of chronic pain at home. According to a recent report in Kaiser Health News, shortages of opioids have left some hospital patients in acute […]

Massachusetts Town Reforms Its Approach to Helping Opioid Abusers

(DGIwire) — If you walked into a police station in Gloucester, MA holding opioids any time after June 1, 2015, you wouldn’t be charged with a crime, according to The Christian Science Monitor. That’s because Police Chief Leonard Campanello is making a concerted effort to change how the town deals with drug addiction. Instead of being […]

Is a “Stiff Upper Lip” Seriously the Only Option When in Pain?

(DGIwire) — Chronic lower back pain has become a common complaint. Does this mean we should just resign ourselves to a stiff lower dorsum and keep a stiff upper lip? The answer is no, because when back pain becomes constant, it can lead to serious consequences. Since chronic lower back pain is difficult to diagnose and […]

The Chronic Pain Puzzle: How Treatments Can Foster Addiction

(DGIwire) — Healthcare providers have long wrestled with the puzzling question of how to best to treat patients who suffer from chronic pain—a population of roughly 116 million people in the United States alone, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Their dilemma stems from the potential risks involved with long-term treatment, such as […]

Slowing Down the Fastest-Growing Addiction in America

(DGIwire) — When we think of addiction, especially life-threatening addiction, alcohol or stimulants may be the first things that come to mind. We probably all know at least one person, either a family member or friend, who has struggled with the demon of alcohol addiction. Not everyone can think of a friend who has tried […]

Warning: Don’t Ignore These Signs of Opioid Dependence

(DGIwire) — The road to opioid addiction is sometimes paved with good intentions. Maybe someone had a bad skiing accident and broke his leg. The surgery went well, but the surgeon suggests that the patient stay in the hospital for a little while, just so they can ensure proper healing. However, the patient in constant […]

A New BEMA of Light in the Cloud of Chronic Pain

NEW YORK – (DGIwire) — Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months, such as migraines or back or joint pain. For those with chronic pain, life can seem like a never-ending cycle of drug treatments to find relief. Chronic pain might originate from a particular event, such as a car […]

Addressing the Growing Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

The Grand Illusion of Fame and Drug Addiction

(DGIwire) — Some people say that much of the best art, music and literature has been created by artists while they were “under the influence” of drugs. These critics might cite The Velvet Underground’s song “Heroin,” The Beatles’ classic  “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” or the works of punk artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Drug use, […]

Perfecting Pain Management for Better Living

(DGIwire) – Pain is arguably the most common of all health complaints, with the discomfort usually short-lived. For many, however, pain is not easily reduced or eliminated. Insights on this dilemma were recently provided by Dr. William H. McCarberg, a founding member of the Chronic Pain Management Program at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, and voluntary assistant clinical […]

When Life Hurts: Chronic Pain and the Quest for Less-Addicting Opioids

(DGIwire) – Pain is arguably the most common of all health complaints, with the discomfort usually short-lived. For many, however, pain is not easily reduced or eliminated. Insights on this dilemma were recently provided by Dr. William H. McCarberg, a founding member of the Chronic Pain Management Program at Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, and voluntary assistant clinical […]

A ‘Cheeky’ Solution to the Epidemic of Opiate Addiction

(DGIwire) — Addiction to painkillers, both prescription and recreational, has reached epidemic proportions. According to a recent article in TIME magazine, the city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against five different pharmaceutical companies, alleging that they deceptively marketed opioid painkillers such as Percocet and OxyContin for chronic pain management, even though the companies knew […]

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