HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Pain relief could be easy with a simple injection

A recent study, published in the journal Pain Practice, identified situations in which injections of local anesthetic would be the best treatment for pain and reduce unnecessary risk and procedural costs.

While the use of sympathetic blocks (injections) is controversial, in this study, 20 patients suffering from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) were given injections to examine the method's contribution "as prospective predictors of outcome."

The patients, who exhibited allodynia, or pain with light touch, were given an initial "diagnostic" injection after which results were analyzed to determine if further treatments would be advantageous. This treatment consists of injections into the sympathetic nerves that run along the front side of the spinal column.

Those who showed at least a 50% improvement were treated with subsequent blocks. Patients who did show initial improvement were considered to have "sympathetically maintained pain" (SMP) and were also more likely to experience greater long-term improvement as well. Cases in which patients did not have significant improvement were considered to have "sympathetically independent pain" (SIP) and no further treatment was given.

Previous studies by Cepeda et al (1) showed that less than one-third of CRPS patients are likely to respond to this type of procedure.

"Reserving these invasive procedures for patients who will receive the greatest benefit could have significant value by reducing unnecessary risk for adverse events, as well as significant economic benefit by limiting the costs associated with unnecessary procedures," states lead researcher, Dr. Craig T. Hartrick.

Although this study was not randomized and was not placebo-controlled, it "speaks to the rational use of sympathetic block" and suggests that this procedure is especially useful when allodynia is present.


'"/>

Contact: Sharon Agsalda
medicalnews@bos.blackwellpublishing.net
781-388-8507
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
18-Nov-2004


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Doctor suggested cannabis for pain relief, says one in six medicinal users in the UKMUHC study
2. AGI and USGS provide unique tsunami disaster relief
3. Workers with carpal tunnel find relief with night-time splinting
4. Two days of post-surgical pain relief now possible with just one shot
5. DepoDur found to be innovative option for postoperative pain relief
6. Significant pain relief following gastric bypass surgery
7. Circumcised newborns respond best to anesthetic relief
8. Severe pain relief may be possible with a common anesthetic drug
9. Getting relief from pain can be shocking
10. Adding menthol to topical creams for osteoarthritis provides significant pain relief
11. Off-label use of migraine drug gives children relief, study says

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/24/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who ... with these feelings, many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, ... Marne, Michigan, has released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) ... will receive two significant new grants to support its work to advance research ... anniversary by recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Diego, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... with the American Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer ... to seniors and other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... ... at the Clinical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine conference in Ponte Vedra Beach, ... journal articles published in Emergency Medicine Practice and Pediatric Emergency Medicine ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Strategic Capital Partners, LLC ... by obtaining investment capital for emerging technology companies. SCP has delivered investment ... resulted in more than a million dollars of capital investment for five companies. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Ill. , June 23, 2016  In a startling report ... are failing their residents by lacking a comprehensive, proven plan to ... a definitive ranking of how states are tackling the worst ... to only four states – Kentucky , ... Vermont . Of the 28 failing states, three ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on the ... announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized ... has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor ... the third quarter of 2016, and to report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... , , , WHEN: ... , , , , LOCATION: , , , Online, with ... , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , , Frost & Sullivan,s Global Vice ... Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar and Unmesh Lal, Program Manager , ... industry is witnessing an exceptional era. Several new demand spaces, such ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: