Recent Highlights

Studying Low Back Pain in Animals—and Treating It Too
Researchers use a new “biomaterial” to ease intervertebral disc pain in rats.

Opioid Drugs Work Differently Than Natural Opioids
A new study offers a reason why opioid drugs have more powerful effects than the body’s own morphine-like chemicals. The research could influence future pain drug development efforts.

Expectations Versus Reality: Spinal Surgery Does Not End Opioid Use for Pain
A new study reports that fewer than one in ten patients on long-term opioids before their operation discontinue the drugs post-surgery.

NIH Announces HEAL Initiative to Combat Opioid Crisis
Pain research gets a boost in funding as part of the effort.