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This profile was last updated on 11/19/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Dr. Edgar L. Ross

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Local Address: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Employment History


  • MD
  • M.D.
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Fibromyalgia: Aching for Pain Relief | ..., 19 Nov 2013 [cached]
Fibromyalgia: Aching for Pain Relief | Read More » | comments (0) | Fibromyalgia: Aching for Pain Relief | Today’s post is written by Dr. Edgar Ross, Director of the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH).  Read More… Fibromyalgia: Aching for Pain Relief | HealthHub | Brigham and Women's Hospital Health Blog
Today's post is written by Dr. Edgar Ross, Director of the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH).
News Release - Visitor - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, 7 May 2012 [cached]
"Opioid medications are not the only method for treating and controlling pain, however when used appropriately they can truly make life more bearable for many people," said Dr. Edgar Ross, Medical Director of Pain Management at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and one of the outside experts who advised BCBSMA on its policies. "Blue Cross has offered a thoughtful plan that takes a balanced approach to ensure that these important medications are available, while at the same time emphasizing evidence-based practices to promote their safe use," he said.
Dr. Ross added, "The other important aspect of this plan is that it recognizes that a coordinated approach is necessary to prevent prescription opioid misuse, abuse and addiction.
In the News — [cached]
"If you suffer from chronic pain, as do some 50 million Americans, you should be recording your pain at regular intervals to track improvement, deterioration, or treatment-related complications," said Edgar Ross, MD, Director of the Pain and Palliative Care Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and author of Pain Management: Hot Topics.
"It's a potentially very important ..., 10 Oct 2012 [cached]
"It's a potentially very important article," says Edgar L. Ross, M.D., director of the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. Ross, who works with an acupuncturist at his center, says he sees similar benefits, although the average 50 percent pain reduction reported in the study was greater than that experienced by his patients. In his practice, "it's closer to 25 or 30 percent reduction in pain scores."
Western-trained doctors are increasingly willing to recommend acupuncture to their patients, but there's still no clear scientific explanation for why it works, Ross says. One theory is that acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins, natural painkilling compounds in the brain. Another is that it affects neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that help brain cells communicate pain.
"It's very safe in trained hands," Ross says, though he also believes in a pain management plan that uses a mixture of techniques. Acupuncture "is certainly a very viable therapy," but it should be considered as one part of a whole pain treatment plan, he adds.
Living With Pain Becomes More Common, 21 April 2010 [cached]
According to Dr. Edgar Ross, director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital Pain Management Center in Boston, chronic nociceptive pain is the most common-it's pain from muscle or bone injuries.
Most chronic pain patients can be helped, according to Dr. Ross. He says that as many as 90% of patients who seek help at pain centers achieve pain reduction and improvement in function. He emphasizes that success in the treatment of chronic pain is defined by the ability of the patient to return to "regular life.
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