In the JournalsPerspective

No correlation seen between preoperative narcotic use, patient satisfaction after spine surgery

August 2, 2019
In patients who underwent elective spine surgery, no significant correlation was seen between preoperative narcotic use and perioperative adverse…

In the Journals

Sleep disorder may impact health care visits for patients with low back pain

July 31, 2019
Investigators of this study found greater pain intensity and disability were predictors of more pain-related health care utilization 1 year after…

FDA News

FDA approves first generic alternatives to Lyrica

July 22, 2019
The FDA has approved several generic versions of pregabalin for the treatment of patients with neuropathic pain related to diabetic neuropathy…


CMS proposes to cover acupuncture for low back pain

July 18, 2019
CMS announced in a press release that it has proposed to cover acupuncture as a possible alternative treatment to opioid use for Medicare…

In the Journals

Significant site, regional influence seen in prevalence of seeking medical care, lost time due to low back pain

June 11, 2019
According to recently published results, the prevalence of rates for seeking medical care and lost time due to low back pain for manual material…

In the Journals

App-based back pain treatment linked with better outcomes vs physiotherapy plus online education

May 21, 2019
A multidisciplinary back pain app yielded better outcomes than a combination of physiotherapy and online education for patients with low back pain…

In the Journals

Imaging for LBP, lower extremity pain seen as a driver of increased health care costs

May 10, 2019
According to a recently published study, the need for surgery is not common among patients who are newly diagnosed for low back pain and lower…

Meeting NewsPerspective

Perioperative IV acetaminophen may not impact opioid use after minimally invasive spine surgeries

April 16, 2019
Perioperative IV acetaminophen did not affect intraoperative or postoperative opioid use and pain score after minimally invasive spine surgeries…

FDA News

FDA warns websites for illegally marketing opioids

April 2, 2019
The FDA issued warning letters to two online networks for illegally marketing unapproved, misbranded and potentially harmful opioids, such as…

In the Journals

Number of opioids prescribed falls as long-term prescriptions rise

March 15, 2019
Over a period of 12 years, the number of opioids prescribed per person decreased, whereas the prescribing rate for long-term prescriptions increased…

In the Journals

Dual opioid prescriptions from VA, Medicare linked to higher risk for overdose death

March 11, 2019
Receiving opioid prescriptions from both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Medicare Part D was independently associated with two to three…

Greater health care utilization, opioid use seen in patients with low back pain who smoke

February 21, 2019
Patients with low back pain who smoke had higher rates of health care utilization and opioid use compared with patients who did not smoke, according…

In the Journals

Physicians more likely to make return to work recommendations with EHR-integrated tool

February 6, 2019
Primary care physicians that had access to return to work guidelines in an electronic record-integrated tool were more likely to make such…

In the Journals

Compounded topical pain creams no better than placebo

February 4, 2019
Using compounded topical pain creams to treat localized chronic pain was no more effective than using a placebo cream, according to a study published…

In the Journals

CDC: Opioid prescriptions 87% more likely in rural areas

January 17, 2019
Residents of the most rural locations in the United States were nearly 90% more likely to receive an opioid prescription than residents of large…

In the JournalsPerspective

Low back, multiple site pain increases risk for chronic opioid use

December 17, 2018
While chronic opioid use among patients with musculoskeletal pain declined overall, the risk for chronic use was highest among those with low back…

Meeting News

Standardized multimodal pain protocol reduced pain, opioid consumption after fusion

November 13, 2018
LOS ANGELES — Results presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting showed significant improvement in patients’ average…

FDA News

FDA approves Dsuvia for acute pain management

November 2, 2018
Today, the FDA announced the approval of Dsuvia for the management of acute pain in adults that is severe enough to require an opioid analgesic in…

FDA News

FDA warns 465 websites selling unapproved opioids, drugs for cancer, HIV

October 23, 2018
The FDA sent warning letters this month to seven networks operating 465 websites that were selling potentially dangerous, unapproved versions of…

Meeting News

Dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation may aid patients with chronic back pain

October 15, 2018
Dorsal root ganglion neurostimulation therapy effectively decreased pain, increased function and created a clinically important improvement in…