A New Injectable Gel May Greatly Reduce Chronic Low Back Pain

Jennifer E. Engen

Summary: Hydrafil, an experimental injectable hydrogel appears to be safe and effective in reducing chronic lower back pain associated with degenerative disc disease. Source: Society of Interventional Radiology An experimental formulation of a hydrogel, injected into spinal discs, proved safe and effective in substantially relieving chronic low back pain caused […]

When is a condition ‘chronic’ and when is it a ‘disability?’ The definition can determine the support you get

Jennifer E. Engen

by Elizabeth Kendall, Connie Allen, Kelsey Chapman and Maretta Mann, The Conversation “Chronic conditions” and “disability” are not just words. They can determine the funding and supports we can access, how we’re treated and how we feel about ourselves. For population data purposes, disability is defined as a limitation or […]

Reframe and Relieve Chronic Pain

Jennifer E. Engen

Persistent headaches and back pain. Achy bones, especially feet and hands. Gnawing, cramping guts. Whole-body soreness. So many people live with various flavors of chronic pain, and often go months or years without finding relief. Some 20 percent of Americans are affected by chronic pain, according to the Centers for […]

Can Virtual Reality Help Ease Chronic Pain?

Jennifer E. Engen

Woolf was conducting his own experiment in Wall’s lab, applying painful stimuli to rats’ hind legs. The animals developed large “fields” of pain that could easily be activated months later with a light tap or gentle warmth, even in spots that weren’t being touched directly. “I was changing the function […]

Anger May Drive Certain Types of Chronic Pain

Jennifer E. Engen

A growing body of evidence suggests that a subtype of chronic pain called nociplastic pain may be associated with unhealthy emotional regulation – particularly anger – according to a recent review. IASP Chronic Pain Subtypes The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), in a 2020 review article in […]

Chronic Low Back Pain Linked to Brain Shrinkage in Key Regions

Jennifer E. Engen

Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is associated with reductions in brain volume in areas involved in pain processing, reports a study in PAIN®, the official publication of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). The journal is published in the Lippincott portfolio by Wolters Kluwer. “These findings suggest that CLBP is related to lower brain […]