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Opioid use and walking among patients with chronic low back pain

Sarah L. Krein, PhD, RN, et al.

Managing chronic back pain, a common problem among Veterans, is a significant challenge. Opioid medications are frequently used to manage pain, but this is of concern because of documented problems with their safety and effectiveness. However, whether patients who receive opioids might engage in other recommended forms of therapy, such as physical activity, is unknown. Our study findings suggest that with additional support, patients taking opioids may engage in walking to help manage their back pain, emphasizing the importance of encouraging the use of alternative pain management strategies for these patients.

Volume 53 Number 1, 2016
   Pages 95 — 106

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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Scioli-Salter E, Forman DE, Otis JD, Tun C, Allsup K, Marx CE, Hauger RL, Shipherd JC, Higgins DM, Tyzik A, Rasmusson AM. Potential neurobiological benefits of exercise in chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder: Pilot study. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;53(1):95–106.
ORCID: Diana M. Higgins, PhD; 0000-0002-6885-266X

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