New Reports Summarize Evidence on Pain Treatments
Two new reports from AHRQ’s Evidence-based Practice Center Program summarize what is currently known about the effectiveness of opioids, nonopioid drugs, and nonpharmacologic treatments for pain.
Treatments for Acute Pain: A Systematic Review examined the evidence on the effectiveness and potential harms of treatments used to control pain from dental procedures, kidney stones, lower back injuries, sickle cell anemia, and other pain.
Another report, Acute Treatments for Episodic Migraine, explored the effectiveness of both longstanding and newer interventions to control migraine pain. The report found several nonpharmacologic treatments for migraine may improve various measures of pain compared with placebo.