• Coping with Chronic Knee Pain

    Cases of chronic knee pain have increased a lot in the last 20 years As the knee is the main joint people use for walking, a good understanding of long-lasting knee pain can be important.
    Knee injuries are so common partly because of how complex the joint is. The knee is the joint where the thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap (patella) connect. In addition to these bones, the knee includes cartilage, ligaments, menisci and tendons.

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  • Mind-body therapies immediately reduce unmanageable pain in hospital patients

    After participating in a single, 15-minute session of certain mind-body therapies, patients reported an immediate decrease in pain levels similar to what one might expect from an opioid painkiller. This study is the first to compare the effects of mindfulness and hypnosis on acute pain in the hospital setting.

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  • Depression linked with worse subjective outcomes after epidural steroid injection for spinal pathology

    Investigators found that after lumbar epidural steroid injection for degenerative spine disease, patients with depression had worse absolute scores for patient-reported outcomes and higher disability compared with patients who were not depressed.

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  • Opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain sufferers

    Dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain. Results of a systematic evidence review are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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  • Preoperative diagnosis predictive of patient satisfaction after lumbar spine surgery

    Researchers identified patients who underwent lumbar spine surgery and were enrolled in the Quality Outcomes Database. Patients completed the Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) and Numeric Rating Scale (NRS) for back pain and leg pain preoperatively and at 1 year after surgery. Investigators grouped patients according to their diagnosis and response to a question regarding satisfaction.

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