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Pain management physicians have been presented with a conundrum: providing patients with the best care available while preventing the misuse, abuse, and diversion of opioid pain medications. This often places the clinician in opposing roles—health care provider sworn to first do no harm and amateur drug enforcement agent. How can caring physicians walk this ethical tightrope?
Marijuana and its active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been used for pain relief for centuries. While the legalization of marijuana for recreational and/or medical use was being hotly debated across the country, investigators from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) were compiling the latest statistics on THC use and abuse.
Focus on Screens looks at interpreting urine drug assay results.
Practical Pain Management Editor in Chief Forest Tennant discusses new genetic tests and their impact on the pain field.
Article considers how to better image cervical pain using dynamic magnetic resonance imaging.
Although pain cannot, per se, be measured, an adrenocorticotropin hormone serum level is an excellent proxy or biomarker to help the pain practitioner manage severe, chronic pain.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound involves the use of high-frequency sound waves (3-17 MHz) to image soft tissues and bony structures in the body.
Many busy clinicians struggle with finding the time to conduct a thorough assessment of the pain patient, especially the patient with chronic pain. This article reviews how to properly assess a patient with chronic pain.
In the field of compliance monitoring, blood testing offers an effective means for providing physicians with information that is not available through urine drug testing . Article provides more information on blood testing for compliance.
Article discusses the role of MMPI-2 in assessment of chronic pain. Includes discussion of how the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2) data are best viewed as one of multiple sources of patient information, including history, social support networks, coping ability, job, and life satisfaction/success, etc.
Article explains how mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)—also known as "imaging on wheels"—can help with the diagnostic process for chronic pain patients.
Quantitative, objective measurement of muscle strength in the extremities is suggested as a means of improving the validity and reliability of strength measurements in pain assessment.
The demand for clinical drug testing in the field of pain management has increased dramatically as clinicians, regulatory agencies and insurance payers seek objective measures to enhance and augment pharmacotherapy, monitor pharmacotherapeutic compliance, assess treatment efficacy, and identify individuals at risk following the use or misuse of illicit substances, prescription drugs, over the c
Musculo-skeletal diagnostic ultrasound imaging is an evolving, first-line imaging test for soft tissue lesions that can provide superior diagnostic accuracy by visualizing internal soft tissue architecture and associated pathologies.
Urinary drug testing as a means to assure compliance and monitoring of proper medication use is becoming common place in the clinical practice of pain management.
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