Journal Article
Review

Pain states, the opioid epidemic, and the role of radiologists.

Jones MR; Kaye AD; Manchikanti L; Hirsch JA.

The opioid crisis requires multidisciplinary approaches to prevent misuse of pain medications. This review highlights the need for best practices to optimize the application of radiology expertise to address chronic noncancer pain, with an emphasis on low back pain. The authors suggest radiologists actively participate in developing pain assessment and management methods to help stem potential opioid misuse.