Giving patients virtual reality sessions before and during anaesthesia for orthopaedic procedures substantially reduces pain and the need for intravenous sedation, according to Belgian researchers.
Knee replacement patients can reduce opiate painkiller use and improve pain control by using a smartphone app at home after surgery, according to researchers.
A toolkit has been launched to help fill a dearth of information for primary care clinicians on tackling chronic opioid use associated with non-cancer pain.
Hypnosis can reduce pain by up to 42% and may offer a genuine alternative to painkillers, according to UK researchers.
Patients at home who are approaching the end-of-life experience substantially better pain relief if they receive specialist palliative care from a nurse, according to researchers.
A multi-million pound “revolutionary” research project has been launched to regenerate damaged spinal discs and cure back pain at a university in Sheffield.
The oral medication gabapentin can increase sexual desire and satisfaction for women with chronic pain or discomfort around the vulva, according to US researchers.
Use of social media can reduce depression and other negative mental side effects that result from long-term pain in older adults, researchers in the US have suggested.
Home video-game exercises can reduce chronic lower back pain in older people by a level comparable to benefits gained under programmes supervised by a physiotherapist, a study has found.
The commonly used painkiller diclofenac is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events, according to a study in Denmark.
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A nurse researcher is seeking children who suffer from chronic pain to take part in a new study looking at how storytelling might improve communication between young patients and clinicians.
Giving a drug called remifentanil during labour could halve the number of women needing an epidural, a study by UK researchers has revealed.
Patients with some forms of kidney stones should have greater access to non-invasive procedures to remove them, according to new draft clinical guidance for England.
Stopping long-term opioid treatment does not make chronic, non-cancer-related pain worse and, in some cases, makes it better, according to US researchers.
Surgery to repair spinal fractures is no more effective for pain relief than a sham procedure in older patients with osteoporosis, according to researchers in the Netherlands and the US.
One gram of fish oil a day and other simple dietary changes could help reduce the pain of patients with osteoarthritis, according to a review of studies by UK researchers.
Recent opioid use is associated with both an increased risk of falls in older adults and also an increased risk of death, warn Canadian researchers in the wake of a large study.
Upsetting experiences of end of life care, including nurses and doctors refusing or seeming “frightened” to provide pain relief, highlight the need for urgent improvements in symptom management, say researchers.
Women who take painkillers during pregnancy could be negatively affecting the future fertility of the unborn child and their descendants, according to UK researchers.
Specialist nurses in the Midlands have adopted a creative and unique approach to helping young patients cope with chronic pain via the use of arts and crafts.