Opioid vs Nonopioid Treatment for Chronic Pain Management

By | 2018-03-08T08:00:31+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Parent Category I|

A recent study completed by the Minneapolis Minnesota Veterans Affairs (VA) health system concluded there was NO support for opioid use for moderate to severe chronic low back pain and hip or knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study had 240 patients, followed for 12 months, and randomly placed into the Opioid group (immediate release morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone/acetaminophen) or the Non-opioid group (acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory). There were 3 main findings: Pain intensity was significantly improved in the Non-opioid [...]

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Freeze Out Knee Pain

By | 2018-03-07T19:52:54+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Parent Category I|

A new treatment used to treat knee pain and decrease the use of narcotics after knee surgeries has found its way to Nebraska.  Dr. Joshua Urban at OrthoNebraska is the first doctor in Nebraska to use this new treatment involving freezing the nerves that transmit the pain signal from the knee to the brain. This new treatment, Iovera, is not painful, with pain relief instantly lasting 2.5 to 9 months, allowing a delay in total knee replacement for patients with arthritis and a [...]

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