We hope you had a good 4th of July. We found a few interesting tidbits on chronic pain that we thought you’d find interesting.
Research About Treating Chronic Pain
Some Danish researchers think they may have identified another piece to the puzzle of how to treat chronic pain.
The protein Sortilin could play a crucial role in pain development. Thus far, the research, conducted at Aarhus University in Denmark has been only on laboratory mice. Sortilin is a protein expressed on the surface of nerve cells. The study results believe that dealing with pain at the molecular level may stop the body’s pain development.
The patients have in common that they could fill a shopping basket with pain killers ranging from local anesthetic ointments to morphine “without ever really getting any good results”, according to Assistant Professor Mette Richner of the Department of Biomedicine and the DANDRITE research Centre, both part of Aarhus University.
The researchers hope that pharmaceutical companies will take the research and develop some data on whether it is possible to block Sortilin locally in the spinal cord, so that the neurotensin can move freely and “brake” the tendency to chronic pain.
Medical Cannabis in Virginia
In Virginia a moderate expansion of the availability of medical cannabis is now law. Thanks to legislation that took effect July 1st, Virginians will be able to purchase regulated products that utilize the cannabinoids CBD and THC in a variety of formulas.
Oils, capsules, lozenges, patches, and lollipops are just a few of the ways that residents of the Commonwealth will be able to consume the regulated marijuana products.
In Virginia, manufacturers are not allowed to sell flower; the buds that are typically associated with smoking marijuana.
Low Impact Exercise for Pain
Patients struggling with chronic pain find it difficult to engage in exercises. Yet research shows that physical activities is one of the most effective treatments for many pain conditions.
Stanford’s Dr. Ming Kao, who is a pain physician and a PhD computational biologist ,writing in the Medium, emphasizes the importance of moving around, including basics like walking, aqua therapy and yoga and other low-impact exercises.
It is important, he says, for patients to be strategic about exercise, & invest the limited time & energy on sustainable, beneficial forms of exercises.