My stock answer to inquiries about “promising” modern treatments that haven’t been studied adequately, provoked by a flood of such inquiries about platelet-rich plasma specifically: I’m paying attention to where the research goes… but I am too experienced to be optimistic. The last several decades of medicine are packed with these horse-before-cart treatments, and most […]
Some people use any dirt on science to confirm their bias that “science is broken.” But science is much harder to break than they think. Related: defending quackery with “science doesn’t know everything” is like declaring a leaky canoe seaworthy because we don’t know the ocean depths. These brief points were both popular tweets over […]
Comparative Responsiveness of the PROMIS Pain Interference Short Forms with Legacy Pain Measures: Results from Three Randomized Clinical Trials
The National Institutes of Health-funded Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) provides researchers and clinicians with outcome measures that are reliable, valid, and publicly accessible.1,3 In contrast to legacy measures, PROMIS® emerged from state-of-art psychometric methodologies including item response theory.3 Item response theory supports computerized adaptive testing and development of fixed-length short forms containing the […]
Many massage therapists have cited this scientific paper lately because it confirms their bias that massage helps post-exercise muscle soreness. And no wonder! The conclusion reads: Massage seems to be the most effective method for reducing DOMS and perceived fatigue. So massage therapists were tripping over themselves sharing it on Facebook, retweeting it, and posting […]
Prescription Medication Use among Community-Based US Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: a Cross-Sectional Population Based Study.
• Opioids were the most common prescription pain medications among US adults with cLBP.• Opioids were typically used long-term, and combined with other CNS-active agents.• Low level of education was strongly associated with opioid use in cLBP population. Prescription Medication Use among Community-Based US Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: a Cross-Sectional Population Based […]