Chronic musculoskeletal pain is a major public health problem, associated with disabling physical and emotional consequences for patients and with significant costs related to medical treatment and lost worker productivity.16 Use of opioid analgesics to treat chronic pain has increased dramatically in recent years,7,25 paralleled by increases in opioid-related harms, including addiction and death.1,23,34 While […]
Patients with end-stage knee or hip osteoarthritis were found to often experience possible neuropathic pain – particularly pain at rest vs on activity, and in men.
Neuropathic Pain Common in End-Stage Knee, Hip Osteoarthritis
Orginally Published At: Neuropathic Pain
People often seem to expect me to be clearly for or against orthopedic surgery for a specific condition, as if the diagnosis is the only factor, as if people with certain conditions should almost always have surgery, or almost never. Putting aside the absurdity of asking me, a non-surgeon, it’s obviously more complicated than that. […]
Astronauts get more intervertebral disc herniations when they come down to Earth, probably because the darn things swell up in zero-G. We’re used to thinking about disc herniation as something that happens because of gravity… not because it’s absent! I’m sure most of us probably assume that taking the pressure off is nice for spines […]