Author | Steven A. King, MD, MS

Articles

Mind-Body Therapies for the Management of Pain: How Effective Are They?

June 30, 2020

Article

For the millions of patients whose pain is being treated with opioids, mind-body interventions are proving to be important considerations to ease suffering.

Pain and Dementia

May 13, 2020

Article

How do you determine whether pain is present and its severity as well as how it responds to treatment in patients who are cognitively impaired? Some answers to these questions.

Identifying and Managing Pain in Cognitively Impaired Patients

May 13, 2020

Slideshow

How can clinicians determine the presence of pain in cognitively impaired patients? And how do you know the medication is working if your patient can’t tell you?

When Medications Affect More Than the Patient: Opioids and Family Members

December 30, 2019

Article

Three studies highlight how important it is that when physicians prescribe opioids there can be significant and even potentially fatal consequences for the family members of those for whom they are being prescribed.

Psychiatric Disorders and Pain

September 17, 2019

Article

The association between psychiatric disorders, most notably depression and anxiety, and pain is well established. However, mental health professionals, and especially psychiatrists, are still often excluded from treating patients with pain.

Goldilocks and the Opioids

July 12, 2019

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Medical professionals don’t want to prescribe too many pain killers, which may contribute to the epidemic of opioid misuse, yet they don’t want patients to needlessly suffer.

THE QUIZ: Chronic Pain and Traumatic Brain Injuries

March 27, 2019

Article

Test your knowledge on traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their resultant effects on cognitive function and mental health.

Opioids, Suicide, Mental Disorders, and Pain

November 21, 2018

Article

While many deaths due to opioid overdoses are accidental, there a growing body of evidence that some cases were intentional and that the presence of pain played a role in the decision to end life.

The Quiz: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Chronic Pain

September 27, 2018

Article

Although it is still widely believed that the management of chronic pain usually requires medications or physical interventions, a growing body of research has demonstrated the efficacy of psychological therapeutic modalities.

The Opioid Epidemic: Who Is to Blame?

June 14, 2018

Article

Research published more than 25 years ago was already reporting problems with opioid analgesics.

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