Fearmongering over “reefer madness” is overblown, but concerns about widespread amotivation, worsening psychiatric states, chronic disability and chemical dependence are very real.
The largest-ever review of these agents’ efficacy for chronic pain finds preliminary but consistent support for olanzapine, especially in syndromes marked by central sensitization or psychiatric effects.
Dr. Edward Benzel explains why a new Cleveland Clinic initiative is focused on teaching patients with chronic low back pain how to better manage their pain themselves.
Doctors at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine already follow the American College of Physicians new guidelines that stress staying active and trying non-pharmaceutical remedies first, including mindfulness.
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Modern medicine doesn’t just treat symptoms. Doctors now focus on the side effects of opioids and adjust treatments accordingly. Find out how hormone testing can help bring patients in pain back into balance.
When managing chronic joint pain, surgery is not always the answer. Discover how Cleveland Clinic experts are using RFA as a minimally invasive method of treating hip and knee pain with excellent results.
Findings of this milestone investigation suggest that analgesia may not be the appropriate therapy goal in central pain syndromes and that neuromodulation should focus on pain-related suffering and disability.
Lifestyle plays a major role in managing chronic pain. By improving three often overlooked factors — movement, mindset and monitoring — patients can complement medical treatments to improve outcomes.
An emphasis on rehabilitation to patients’ maximum function level typically ends up yielding ancillary benefits in terms of pain, depression and anxiety.
Pain, like diabetes or heart disease, is a chronic medical condition that can impact an individual’s entire life. At Cleveland Clinic cognitive behavioral therapy is often part of the care plan for pain patients.