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Posted 18 Feb, 2018

Could Botox stop teeth grinding? A teeth-clenching study

Botox — formally known as onabotulinum toxin-A — is an injectable drug that can prevent muscles from contracting. The drug is best known for its cosmetic use; it can be delivered to the facial muscles — mainly those between the eyebrows and around the eyes — to temporarily reduce the appearance of frown lines and crow...
Posted 18 Feb, 2018

One-off, 10-minute treatment ‘cures’ most lower back pain

A new ‘minimally invasive’ treatment provides long-term relief from crippling back pain, according to new research. The majority of patients in a trial were pain-free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for lower back pain and sciatica for just 10 minutes. Lower back pain is a...
Posted 18 Feb, 2018

Minimally Invasive Treatment Provides Relief From Back Pain

The majority of patients were pain free after receiving a new image-guided pulsed radiofrequency treatment for low back pain and sciatica, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Low back pain is an extremely common problem that affects at least 80...
Posted 14 Oct, 2017

When the Last Resort Fails: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Las Vegas—Surgery is a last resort in seeking relief for chronic low back pain—the most common cause of disability—but unsuccessful surgery occurs often enough to warrant its own diagnostic code as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). The condition was examined in a well-attended session at the recent PAINWeek 2017 ann...

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Posted 25 Jan, 2019

CGRP Antagonists: A new era for migraine treatment

Migraine is a common medical condition, affecting as many as 37 million people in the US. It is considered a systemic illness, not just a headache. Recent research has demonstrated that changes may begin to occur in the brain as long as 24 hours before migraine symptoms begin. Many patients have a severe throbbing head...
Posted 25 Jan, 2019

Severe Migraines: Should You Try the New CGRP Antibody Therapy?

On May 17, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new preventive therapy for migraine, a serious condition that ranks as one of the leading causes of disability among healthy people. The newly approved drug, erenumab (brand name Aimovig™), was designed to prevent migraine in those who experience frequent mig...
Posted 13 Jan, 2019

The last-ditch cure for migraine: A jab in the back of the head

Over the past ten years I’ve suffered from a migraine every couple of months, but in the past year this increased to two a week, and I was spending 85 percent of my time in bed, unable to function. Migraines affect 15 percent of the population, but do so in different ways — some people […]