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03-08-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Disabling back pain increases mortality risk for older women

Disabling back pain puts women in their 70s at an increased risk of death, findings from the Cambridge City over-75s Cohort study suggest.

27-07-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Opioid use does not impair reverse shoulder arthroplasty success

Taking opioids prior to reverse shoulder arthroplasty does not hamper patients’ chances of having successful outcomes, researchers have found.

20-07-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Telecare approach improves chronic musculoskeletal pain management

A collaborative care approach delivered by telephone is effective for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain, show findings from the Stepped Care to Optimize Pain Care Effectiveness study.

20-07-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Choice of HRQoL measure for chronic pain matters

Researchers recommend the use of generic health-related quality of life measures to determine pain-related burden of disease, but consideration needs to be given to which one is used.

13-07-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Embolisation of abnormal neovessels relieves osteoarthritic knee pain

Transcatheter arterial embolisation relieves knee pain in patients with moderate osteoarthritis who are resistant to pharmacological pain management, research suggests.

06-07-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Japanese SF-MPQ valid for neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain

Researchers have developed a Japanese translated version of the Short-Form McGill Pain Questionnaire-2 that shows good reliability and validity for discriminating between chronic neuropathic and non-neuropathic pain.

29-06-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty

Spanish researchers have developed recommendations on how to assess and manage preoperative pain in patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement.

22-06-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Pain predicts physical activity avoidance in early knee OA

Patients with early symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee avoid performing normal daily physical activities because they are experiencing pain, findings of a large, longitudinal study suggest.

22-06-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Concomitant diabetes associated with osteoarthritic hand pain

People with erosive osteoarthritis of the hand are more likely to experience pain if they have also diabetes, suggests research presented at the recent annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism in Paris, France.

15-06-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Back pain attitudes questionnaire developed

Researchers have developed a back pain screening tool that assesses the attitudes of patients with back pain, the general population and healthcare professionals.

08-06-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Function restoration benefits for fibromyalgia in musculoskeletal disorders

Functional restoration programmes may help to suppress fibromyalgia in some patients with chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders, but more may need to be done to overcome longer-term related disability, research suggests.

01-06-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

MRI findings rarely associated with spine-related symptoms

Incidental magnetic resonance imaging findings are not generally associated with the development of chronic low back pain or radicular symptoms, US study findings indicate.

25-05-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Physical fitness should be considered in chronic neck pain management

Researchers recommend that clinicians consider whole body physical fitness, anxiety and depression when determining strategies for illness management in men and women with chronic neck pain.

25-05-2014 | Orthopaedics | Article

Physical therapy may not benefit hip osteoarthritis

Researchers have questioned the value of physical therapy for painful hip osteoarthritis in a study published in

JAMA

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18-05-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Innate immune response may warn of chronic multisite musculoskeletal pain

An enhanced innate immune response may be an indicator of the onset or prolongation of chronic, multisite musculoskeletal pain, cross-sectional study findings suggest.

11-05-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

Neuropathic pain features common in knee OA

Enough patients with knee osteoarthritis experience pain with neuropathic characteristics to warrant attempts to diagnose and classify these features, say researchers.

04-05-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Patient perspective important in postoperative pain management

Satisfaction with postoperative pain treatment is more strongly associated with patients’ impressions of improvement and appropriateness of care than their actual pain experience, results of a large international study show.

27-04-2014 | Orthopaedics | Article

High rate of chronic pain found after general surgery

More than 2 years after undergoing an operation, almost 15% of general surgery patients suffer from chronic postsurgical pain, say researchers.

27-04-2014 | Pain medicine | Article

Neuropathic and psychogenic pain contribute to chronic musculoskeletal pain

A lack of appropriate treatment for neuropathic and psychogenic pain may cause patients with musculoskeletal pain to suffer a more chronic pain course, according to the latest results of an ongoing Japanese epidemiological study.

20-04-2014 | Rheumatology | Article

P4 pain scale found suitable for use in knee osteoarthritis

The P4 pain scale compares favorably with other commonly used measures for patients with severe knee osteoarthritis, a Canadian study has found.