July 18, 2017
At The Spine Center of Williamsburg we work with local pain management teams and local spine surgery groups in an effort to help their patients to manage their chronic pain in a healthier way.
Many of the techniques that we use can be very helpful to these patients.
A recent review in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that we may be on the right path. They agree that interdisciplinary programs may offer benefits in reducing pain severity, improving function, and quality of life.
Editorialists write, “Although it will be important to confirm the results with more and higher-quality studies, [this] review provides evidence that patients who work with clinicians to reduce or discontinue opioid use can expect improvements in pain, function, and quality of life. Clinicians should find comfort in being able to communicate this hope to patients.”
Opioid Reduction Therapy Offers Some Benefits to Patients with Chronic Pain
By Amy Orciari Herman
Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH