Chronic Pain Health — 30 July 2013

58799-chair-massage-originalBy Pat Anson, Editor

An integrative approach to pain management that puts an emphasis on individualized patient care significantly reduces pain and improves quality of life, according to a new study published in the journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Researchers with the BraveNet Research Network tracked 252 chronic pain patients over a six month period, and reported a 23 percent drop in pain severity, as well as improvements in their quality of life and overall well-being.

Participants in the BraveNet study were predominantly white (81%) and female (73%), with an average age of nearly 50. Their most common complaint was pain in the neck, spine, shoulder, hip or knee.

“Chronic pain is very difficult to treat,” said lead researcher Donald Abrams, MD, a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California San Francisco.

“Many patients with chronic pain become resistant to conventional medical treatments or suffer adverse effects from widely used prescription medications with high addictive potential, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents or opiates. For these reasons, patients with chronic pain frequently seek to integrate complementary therapies, often without the knowledge of their primary care provider.”

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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