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.
The ancient martial art of tai chi has similar or greater benefits than aerobic exercise for patients with fibromyalgia, a US trial has found, suggesting it may be an alternative treatment strategy.
Clinicians should think twice before prescribing custom-made foot orthoses for plantar heel pain, because they appear to be no better than over-the-counter insoles, according to researchers.
Significant progress has been made at an NHS trust in Kent, but the Care Quality Commission has told the organisation it still requires improvement, including in its triage assessments, mandatory training for nursing staff and documentation of pain.
A new trial is to look at a support programme designed to help patients with long-term pain reduce their dependency on strong opioid painkillers.
Senior community nurses are to be sent as “first responders” to some 999 calls in part of the North East, after problems with long waits for ambulances over the winter that have left older people lying on the floor in pain.
One of the most common surgical procedures used in orthopaedics may make very little difference when it comes to reducing shoulder pain, suggests a ground-breaking UK trial.
The debilitating hand pain often experienced by osteoarthritis patients can be successfully treated with a drug normally used for epilepsy, anxiety and neuropathic pain, according to UK researchers.
The length of surgical incision may affect the pain experienced after a caesarean delivery, with both short and long ones associated with increased pain, suggests a US study.
Women who give birth in winter or spring are less likely than women who deliver in the autumn or summer to suffer from postnatal depression, suggests a US study being presented at a conference.
First time mothers with an epidural who lie down in the later stages of labour are more likely to have a normal birth than those who remain upright, according to UK researchers.
Hospital patient satisfaction with pain management is linked to nurse staffing levels, according to US nursing researchers.
A new care model designed to help nursing homes manage the complex needs of residents with advanced dementia has led to improvements in care planning and pain management, according to an evaluation.
A nurse-led intervention designed to help carers manage pain medication for loved-ones dying from cancer has helped improved understanding and delivery of pain relief, according to results from a trial.
Breastfeeding after a Caesarean section may help manage pain, according to Spanish research presented at a major conference.
Measuring functional impairment might be a better tool for postoperative pain assessment in older patients than asking them about their pain levels, suggest German researchers.
The drug ketamine does not lower levels of pain or reduce the need for pain-killing opioid drugs in the days after an operation, according to US researchers.
Urate-lowering drugs should be offered to all gout patients early in the course of their disease rather than waiting for them to develop disabling symptoms, according to updated clinical guidance.
Vitamin D supplementation combined with good sleeping habits may help manage pain-related diseases, such as arthritis, suggest Brazilian researchers.
High grade chondroitin sulfate is as good as widely-used anti-inflammatory drugs for treating painful knee arthritis, according to researchers who suggest it could be a safer long-term treatment.
The use of opioid painkillers in the period prior to knee replacement surgery results in worse pain outcomes for patients, according to a new study by US researchers.
Only around half of healthcare professionals who support dying people at home say staffing levels are sufficient to meet their pain management needs, according to new research.
Patients who use commonly prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to treat pain and inflammation could be raising their risk of having a heart attack, suggests a Canadian study.
Patients who hear “grating, cracking, or popping sounds” in or around their knee joint may be at increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers.
Obese patients are more sensitive to pressure pain than those who are not overweight, and are equally susceptible to extremes of hot and cold, according to UK researchers.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued draft guidance recommending two treatments for inflammation of the middle layer of the eye, called the uvea or uveal tract.
Having a nurse “champion” to enhance care in neonatal units is linked with an increased likelihood of patients being monitored for continuous pain, according to researchers.
Benzodiazepines do not to appear to significantly improve lower back pain for patients presenting in accident and emergency, according to US researchers.
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Dying patients were left in pain by staff at Whipps Cross University Hospital, according to inspectors who identified “many examples of a lack of compassion” during a recent visit.