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Nerve compression headaches. Will surgery help those undergoing trigger-site deactivation? The journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports a novel way to evaluate a patient’s potential response to surgery: pain drawings as interpreted by artificial intelligence. Asking patients to draw...

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For extended relief of postoperative acute pain, cryoneurolysis—providing temporary analgesia through the use of extremely low temperatures to reversibly ablate a peripheral nerve—has been proven effective, but can it also help acute worsening in nonsurgical inpatients? Researchers, publishing their...

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Pain management concerns hit the TikTok crowd. Women are expressing their displeasure with the lack of pain management care when receiving an intrauterine device for birth control. Traditionally, during placement of an IUD, the patient does not receive anesthesia. According to OBGYN Dr. Shannon M...

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Does cannabis use impact levels of anesthesia during surgery? The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA Pain Medicine) has developed guidelines for screening patients, presurgery, for cannabis use. Use of cannabis—whether recreational or medicinal—can interact and affect...

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A BMC Women’s Health article evaluates back pain and reason(s) more women suffer from it than men. They specifically looked at pregnancy and childbirth, and the likelihood of future back pain. 12,776 women were contacted; 1069 made it to the final stage of the study. Notable findings:

  • 33%...

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In 2019 in the United States, over 400,000 total joint arthroplasty (TJA) procedures were performed. A study published in the journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research questioned TJA prices, insurers, negotiations, and quality. Negotiated prices—from commercial in- or out-of-network...

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"Doing something as simple as reducing daily TV-watching time can have a profound effect on bodily pain trajectories that occur with aging,” states the principal researcher of an article in the BMC Public Health journal. Over 4,000 people in the Australian Diabetes, Obesity, and Lifestyle Study were...

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With the help of over $4.5 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, Oregon Health & Science University researchers hope to develop a treatment for pain resulting from the Chikungunya virus. The virus can cause long term debilitating joint pain. The experimental antiviral treatment...

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Post outpatient surgery for joint replacement, what are the benefits and/or drawbacks of sending a patient home with dexamethasone pills for pain? Over 100 patients at an institution received either dexamethasone or placebo for 4 days after a total knee arthroplasty. Pain scores for postoperative...

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Are autistic individuals hypo- or hypersensitive to pain, or indifferent to pain? A study in the journal of PAIN examined assumptions about how those with autism perceive pain. Sensory testing was done in 52 adults with autism, along with 52 nonautistic subjects to determine reactions to responses...

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