Neurostimulation of brain areas involved in pain processing and control to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms is increasingly under the spotlight. A recent review in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience discusses the potential of transcranial electric stimulation. Continue reading
Memantine has been shown to have pain-relieving properties in small clinical studies but a review of the evidence in the European Journal of Pain is less promising. Continue reading
Doing exercises before knee replacement surgery makes for a shorter hospital stay, says a new study in the Indian Journal of Orthopaedics.
An extensive review of research looked at outcomes for people about to have a total knee replacement operation. The team compared those who did a preoperative exercise programme with those who didn’t. But they could only find five relevant studies because not much research has looked at self-reported function, stiffness and pain in this context.
However, the findings did relay that a preoperative exercise programme is associated with a decrease in length of hospital stay. More studies should focus on pain, stiffness and function of people who do an exercise programme versus those who don’t.
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Terpenes, which are organic compounds that have a strong smell and are produced by some plants and insects, may reduce the destructive tissue events that underlie arthritis. Continue reading
We could all do with a little more mindfulness in our lives, but people with chronic pain should prioritise the technique following a study published in Evidence Based Mental Health. Continue reading