Tag Archives: pain

Price transparency can stop health insurers’ gain off patient pain

CEO pay disclosures this spring show what many patient advocates already suspected: Health insurance company executives gained from ordinary people’s 2020 pain. While patients avoided hospitals and doctors’ offices last year for fear of catching COVID-19, health insurers laughed all the way to the bank by paying out far fewer claims. Compensation data filed so… Read More »

Acupuncture Helped People With Back Pain Walk and Bend Better

A double-blinded randomized trial of electroacupuncture found it may result in a modest improvement in daily functioning for those with chronic back pain, though it provided little pain relief. Electroacupuncture uses a small electric current passed between needles, a practice some believe provides additional pain relief compared with regular acupuncture. Researchers tested the procedure by… Read More »

Chronic pain: Antidepressants not painkillers recommended

Doctors are being advised not to prescribe common painkillers, including paracetamol and ibuprofen, for patients with chronic pain not caused by an injury or other medical condition. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said there was little evidence they help. And it suggests there is evidence long-term use can be harmful. Its… Read More »