Rob Poole explores the recently published Stanford-Lancet Commission report on the North American Opioid Crisis, which aims to understand the opioid crisis, propose solutions to the crisis in the USA and Canada, and attempt to stop its spread internationally.[read the full story...]
Life after injury: physical, psychological and social impact
Dafni Katsampa explores a qualitative study carried out by researchers in the Netherlands, which finds that experiencing an injury from a traumatic event like a serious road traffic accident, can impact on physical, psychological and social wellbeing.[read the full story...]
Temporomandibular disorders: Prevalence of psychosocial impairment
This review assessing the level of psychosocial impairment in patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) included 14 observational studies . The studies suggest that psychological disorders and psychosocial impairment are common in patients with TMD but the evidence is of low quality.[read the full story...]
Non-medical use of prescription drugs #NonMedicalDrugs
Ian Hamilton and Julia Buxton from the University of York preview the #NonMedicalDrugs event that will take place in York on Friday 16th March 2018.
The meeting will bring together people who can offer personal and professional insights of the extent of the issue and how we can support people who develop problems.[read the full story...]
Floatation tanks: are they worth their salt?
Joe Barnby offers his own first-hand experience and brief review of the clinical evidence for the effectiveness of floatation tanks to tackle chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.[read the full story...]
Chronic pain and depression: genetic and environmental risks
Marcus Munafo explores a recent study that uses genetic data and family environmental information to quantify the risk of chronic pain and the contribution of risk variants for major depressive disorder.[read the full story...]
Whiplash and neck pain: what’s most cost-effective?
GPs Tom Rowley and Michael Horsfield write their debut MSK Elf blog on a recent systematic review, which investigates the most cost-effective interventions for the management of whiplash-associated and neck pain-associated disorders.[read the full story...]
Will it hurt? Chronic pain and psychological functioning
Kirsten Lawson examines a recent meta-analysis of psychological functioning in people living with chronic pain. She discovers that anxiety is more common than depression in people with chronic pain and that practitioners should prioritise psychological functioning when caring for patients suffering from chronic pain.[read the full story...]
Cortical remapping interventions for chronic low back pain
Guest blogger Chris Seenan, Physiotherapy Lecturer, Glasgow Caledonian University discusses a systematic review of cortical remapping interventions for chronic low back pain.[read the full story...]
Salicylate-containing rubefacients for musculoskeletal pain in adults
Should you use or prescribe rubefacients (creams and lotions that irritate the skin) to relieve musculoskeletal pain? We report on a new Cochrane systematic review that focuses on salicylate-containing rubefacients for acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.[read the full story...]