TUESDAY, Nov 23, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Addictive opioid painkillers aren’t the only option for patients seeking relief following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee reconstruction, researchers say. As the United States wrestles with skyrocketing rates of opioid abuse and drug overdose deaths, the findings may come as good news. AfterContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Most prescriptions for the medication gabapentin are for unapproved uses — and many patients end up taking it along with drugs that create potentially dangerous interactions. That’s the conclusion of a new study that looked at “off-label” use of gabapentin. In the UnitedContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 17, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A 3-D virtual reality system to treat back pain was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday. The EaseVRx system is a prescription device for at-home use that combines cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral methods to treat patients 18Continue Reading

FRIDAY, Nov. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Arm and shoulder pain are common for women after breast cancer surgery, and beginning a supervised exercise program soon afterwards can go a long way to easing the discomfort, new research suggests. As the team of British investigators explained, restricted shoulder movement andContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Nov. 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — More than two-thirds of Americans would be willing to try alternatives to prescription opioids to control pain after surgery, a new survey shows. The United States is grappling with an opioid addiction crisis, and it’s common for addiction to begin when patients getContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 8, 2021 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to a COVID-19 shot, fear might be a self-fulfilling prophecy. A new study found that folks who worried about possible side effects after vaccination were more likely to actually experience those side effects. Along with explaining why some people feelContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 28, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The number of people experiencing numbness, pins and needles, and burning pain in their feet and toes seems to be on the rise, new research suggests, and some of these folks may be at increased risk for heart trouble. Exactly why there hasContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Oct. 26, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a mainstay of depression treatment, but a new study warns that taking common painkillers alongside SSRIs may raise the chances for intestinal bleeding. In a review of 10 published studies involving 6,000 patients, researchers foundContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 21, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Though most U.S. dentists say non-opioid painkillers effectively manage dental pain, nearly half still prescribe potentially addictive opioid painkillers, a new survey reveals. In all, 84% of the 269 respondents said NSAID-acetaminophen combos are as effective as opioids or even more so, butContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Oct. 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Many American arthritis sufferers aren’t getting any exercise despite its benefits for reducing pain and improving their quality of life, new research shows. Sixty-seven percent of U.S. adults with arthritis engaged in physical activity in the past month, most often walking, according toContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — After knee replacement surgery, many patients experience a level of pain that has them reaching for prescription opioid painkillers. Now new research suggests that using acupuncture during the operation may help reduce that pain without raising the risk of addiction. “The opioid epidemicContinue Reading