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Patients on Opioids OK With Lower Doses

Source: HealthDay

Even patients who have taken high doses of opioid painkillers for long periods of time aren't unhappy with their care when their doctor lowers their dose, new research suggests.

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Physical therapy could lower need for opioids, but lack of money and time are hurdles

Source: Medical Xpress

Physical therapists help people walk again after a stroke and recover after injury or surgery, but did you know they also prevent exposure to opioids? This is timely, given we are in a public health emergencyrelated to an opioid crisis.

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Diaphragm linked to chronic low back pain, study shows

Source: Medical Xpress

Researchers of the Physical Therapy and Medicine departments of the CEU Cardenal Herrera University recently published a study on patients with chronic, non-specific low back pain, in which they conducted the first clinical trial of the effectiveness of osteopathic manual therapy with or without specific techniques on the diaphragm.

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How to treat muscle knots

Source: Medical News Today

Muscle knots are small, bump-like areas of muscle that can be painful to the touch. The medical term for muscle knots is myofascial trigger points. These knots occur when muscle fibers or the bands of tissue called fascia underneath them tense and tighten.

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Future wearable device could tell how we power human movement

Source: Science Daily

For athletes and weekend warriors alike, returning from a tendon injury too soon often ensures a trip right back to physical therapy. However, a new technology could one day help tell whether your tendons are ready for action.

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What causes calf muscle pain?

Source: Medical News Today

There are a variety of conditions that can affect the calf muscles, as well as the blood vessels and other structures around it. Fortunately, many of the causes of calf pain are easily treatable.

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Are Pricey Orthotic Insoles Worth It for Heel Pain?

Source: HealthDay

For people with chronic heel pain, costly "custom" shoe inserts are probably a waste of money, a new research review suggests.

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New Therapy May Prevent Tough-to-Treat Migraines

Source: HealthDay

The millions of Americans who suffer from migraine may have a new source of hope -- the first of a new class of drugs aimed at warding off the headaches.

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Physical Therapy is Best Choice for Pain Management

Source: Medical Xpress

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain reported.
People with chronic pain conditions unrelated to cancer often depend on prescription opioids to manage their pain. As the volume of opioid usage has increased, so has the misuse, abuse and overdose of these drugs in Kentucky and across the United States.

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Swimming is an effective part of the treatment for fibromyalgia, study suggests

Source: Science Daily

Swimming is as effective as walking to relieve pain and improve quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia, that experience chronic diffuse non-inflammatory pain in the musculoskeletal system deriving from malfunctioning of the system that transmits and modulates the transmission of nervous stimuli between the periphery of the body and the brain. The study involved 75 sedentary women who had fibromyalgia.

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Opioid exposure tied to higher odds of low testosterone levels

Source: Medical xpress

The researchers found that the odds of having low testosterone levels were higher for participants on opioids versus unexposed participants (odds ratio, 1.40). The odds of having low testosterone levels increased significantly in all categories as the age and number of comorbidities increased, after adjustment for opioid exposure.

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Motivation to move: Study finds mild exercise helps decrease pain and improve activity level in older adults

Source: Science Daily

It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and that includes older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, according to a study. Researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) found that a low-impact exercise program in senior centers in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing, Queens communities helped decrease pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life for many participants.

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Physical therapy offers alternative to opiods for managing pain

Source: The Lake News Online

Prescription opioid use is causing a health crisis in the U.S. Sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have deaths related to prescription opioids, as well as deaths related to heroine. The American Physical Therapy Association makes the following points about the risks of prescription opioids.

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