RxInformer Clinical Journal Offers Guidance on Alternative Approaches to Managing Chronic Pain

Workers’ compensation claims professionals can gain a practical understanding of how changes in the central nervous system can affect the brain’s perception of pain and set the stage for chronic pain.

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A number of alternative treatment options have proven useful in resetting the brain’s perceptions and curbing chronic pain without the use of medication.

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) May 08, 2014

Workers’ compensation claims professionals can learn about alternative approaches to managing chronic pain by downloading an article from the new issue of Healthesystems’ RxInformer clinical journal. The piece provides a practical understanding of how changes in the central nervous system brought on by opioid therapy, trauma and injuries can affect the brain’s perception of pain and set the stage for chronic pain. It also offers guidance on alternative approaches to effectively managing chronic pain.

Robert Goldberg, MD, FACOEM, an occupational medicine specialist and chief medical officer at workers’ compensation PBM Healthesystems, explained, “Trauma or prolonged pain can damage nerve cells and cause a remodeling of the neurons. This can result in inappropriate or exaggerated sensations of pain which can delay a patient’s recovery and return to work.”

The process, called neuroremodeling, effectively rewires the brain, causing a breakdown in transmission of pain signals. A number of alternative treatment options have proven useful in resetting the brain’s perceptions and curbing chronic pain without the use of medication. They include opioid tapering and discontinuation, biofeedback and cognitive behavior therapy. The article, titled "Understanding Pain: Neuroremodeling," discusses these therapies and appropriate applications. The article was authored by Healthesystems clinicians with expertise in pain management. It appears in the Spring 2014 issue of the RxInformer clinical journal which also contains articles on:

  •     preventing chronic opioid use
  •     opioid tapering and discontinuation
  •     the emergence of specialty pharmacy in workers’ compensation
  •     clinical and financial implications of medical marijuana in workers’ compensation

RxInformer is a trusted source of clinical information and guidance on how best to plan for the challenges that lay ahead in workers’ compensation. The semi-annual publication provides insights across a broad spectrum of current and emerging industry trends. Request a copy of the latest issue at http://www.healthesystems.com/rxinformer or download the e-zine app for iPad® on the App Store. The app offers an interactive experience and additional content in the form of animations and links to related information.

About Healthesystems
Healthesystems is a specialty provider of innovative medical cost management solutions for the workers’ compensation industry. The company's comprehensive product portfolio includes a leading pharmacy benefit management (PBM) program, expert clinical review services, and a revolutionary ancillary benefits management (ABM) solution for prospectively managing ancillary medical services such as durable medical equipment (DME), home health, transportation and translation services. By leveraging innovation, powerful technology, clinical expertise and enhanced workflow automation tools, Healthesystems provides clients with flexible programs that reduce the total cost of medical care while improving the quality of care for injured workers. To learn more about Healthesystems visit http://www.healthesystems.com.


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