Pain Management

May 1, 2021 Issue
Nonopioid Pharmacologic Treatments for Chronic Pain [Implementing AHRQ Effective Health Care Reviews]

What are the effects of nonopioid drugs on pain, function, and quality of life in patients with specific types of chronic pain, and what are the adverse events related to these drugs?

Apr 1, 2021 Issue
Musculoskeletal Surgery for Nontraumatic Pain: Not a Great Analgesic [POEMs]

Musculoskeletal surgery is invaluable for unintentional injury. But for conditions associated with chronic pain (e.g., knee, shoulder, wrist, neck, back pain), even patients with objective changes on imaging that need intervention will not have better long-term pain relief with surgery compared with no surgery.

Feb 1, 2021 Issue
Chronic Pelvic Pain in Women: ACOG Updates Recommendations [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has new recommendations for managing chronic pelvic pain.

Jan 15, 2021 Issue
Short-Term Low Back Pain Relief with Placebo [POEMs]

Over three weeks, patients with long-term low back pain who knowingly took placebo twice a day reported less pain and disability than those continuing with treatment as usual.

Jan 15, 2021 Issue
Osteoarthritis Management: Updated Guidelines from the American College of Rheumatology and Arthritis Foundation [Practice Guidelines]

The 2019 American College of Rheumatology/Arthritis Foundation guidelines reviewed the effectiveness of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments for OA in the knee, hip, and hand.

Dec 1, 2020 Issue
Management of Acute Pain from Non–Low Back Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidelines from AAFP and ACP [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians have published guidelines based on a systematic review and network meta-analysis of 207 studies involving 32,959 patients that evaluated treatments for acute musculoskeletal pain other than low back pain.

Dec 1, 2020 Issue
Management of Acute Pain from Musculoskeletal Injuries: Guidance for Family Physicians [Editorials]

Primary care plays a large role in the management of acute pain; therefore, the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians developed a clinical practice guideline for the nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic management of acute pain from non–low back, musculoskeletal ...

Oct 1, 2020 Issue
Patellofemoral Pain: Guidelines from the American Physical Therapy Association [Practice Guidelines]

The American Physical Therapy Association released guidelines for the diagnosis and management of patellofemoral pain.

Sep 15, 2020 Issue
Appropriate Use of Opioids for Chronic Pain [Lown Right Care: Reducing Overuse and Underuse]

A collaboration between AFP and the Lown Institute promotes a vision of delivering health care that is based on the evidence, balanced in its approach, and focused on the patient.

Sep 1, 2020 Issue
Palliative Care During Public Health Emergencies: Examples from the COVID-19 Pandemic [Curbside Consultation]

In public health emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic, some patients—especially older patients or those who have chronic health conditions—are confronted with treatment choices as they face life-threatening illness.

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