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Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Sharon Kaasalainen, Keela Herr
An interdisciplinary approach to managing pain has been widely used in managing specific pain conditions (eg, lower back and fibromyalgia) but not reviewed specifically for older adults. Interdisciplinary approaches have been used in primary, residential long-term, and acute care settings, where a variety of health care professionals work on pain teams to manage pain in older adults. Given the multidimensional nature of pain in older adults, interdisciplinary approaches to managing pain are recommended in practice...
November 2016: Clinics in Geriatric Medicine
Fabíula Francisca Abreu, Ana Carla Araujó de Souza, Simone Aparecida Teixeira, Antônio Garcia Soares, Daiane Franco Teixeira, Rosilene Calazans Soares, Marilia Trindade Santana, Sandra Lauton Santos, Soraia Kátia Pereira Costa, Marcelo Nicolas Muscará, Enilton Aparecido Camargo
INTRODUCTION: Acute pancreatitis (AP) may be severe and cause hospitalization or death, and the available treatment is insufficient to control pancreatic inflammation and pain. Rutin is a natural flavonoid with the potential to treat AP via anti-inflammatory, antinociceptive and antioxidant activities. AIM: This study investigated the beneficial effects of rutin on experimental AP induced by L-arginine administration in mice. METHODS: The L-arginine-induced AP model was used in Swiss mice (n = 6-8)...
October 13, 2016: Free Radical Research
Susan W Wesmiller, Susan M Sereika, Catherine M Bender, Dana Bovbjerg, Gretchen Ahrendt, Marguerite Bonaventura, Yvette P Conley
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) are two of the most frequent and distressing complications following surgical procedures, with as many as 80% of patients considered to be at risk. Despite recognition of well-established risk factors and the subsequent use of clinical guidelines, 20-30% of women do not respond to antiemetic protocols, indicating that there may be a genetic risk. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this pilot study was to describe the incidence and explore the risk factors associated with PONV after surgery in women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer...
September 28, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
Isabelle Breton-Torres, Manon Serre, Patrick Jammet, Jacques Yachouh
INTRODUCTION: The temporomandibular joint is highly adaptive and masticatory apparatus disorders (MAD) can occur when its ability to adapt is overwhelmed. Occlusal etiologies were long pinpointed as the sole culprits. However, a consensus now exists which minimizes their involvement. It is recognized that the etiology of MAD is multifactorial, combining occlusal problems, parafunctions, postural anomalies, orofacial dyspraxia and stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this article, the authors review the role of physiotherapy in managing these pathologies...
September 2016: L' Orthodontie Française
Georgios C Pratilas, Panagiotis Chatzis, Nikolaos Panteleris, Kimon Chatzistamatiou, Leonidas Zeipiridis, Konstantinos Dinas
A woman presented at the gynecological emergency clinic with severe lower abdominal pain. Even though she reported normal menses and had no risk factors for ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy test was positive and vaginal sonogram indicated heterotopic pregnancy at 12 weeks of gestation, with rupture of the ectopic pregnancy. Laboratory results indicated significant blood loss, and emergency laparotomy with salpingo-ophorectomy was performed. The intrauterine pregnancy continued uneventfully. Interestingly, the previous month the patient had also undergone investigation for vague abdominal pain and anemia...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Adam M Butensky, Leah P Gruss, Zachary L Gleit
BACKGROUND: A pseudohernia is an abdominal wall bulge that may be mistaken for a hernia but that lacks the disruption of the abdominal wall that characterizes a hernia. Thus, the natural history and treatment of this condition differ from those of a hernia. This is the first report of a pseudohernia due to cough-associated rib fracture. CASE PRESENTATION: A case of pseudohernia due to fractures of the 10(th) and 11(th) ribs in a 68-year-old white woman is presented...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Benjamin Djulbegovic, Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Rahul Mhaskar, Iztok Hozo, Branko Miladinovic, Howard Tuch
INTRODUCTION: Management choices at the end of life are high-stake decisions fraught with emotions, chief among is regret. Our objective in this paper is to test the utility of a regret-based model to facilitate referral to hospice care while helping patients clarify their preferences on how they wish to spend the remaining days of their lives. METHODS: A prospective cohort study that enrolled consecutive adult patients (n = 178) aware of the terminal nature of their disease...
October 3, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Ankur Bansal, Priyank Yadav, Manoj Kumar, Satyanarayan Sankhwar, Bimalesh Purkait, Ankur Jhanwar, Siddharth Singh
PURPOSE: This study was performed to characterise the nature, clinical presentation, mode of insertion, and management of intravesical foreign bodies in patients treated at our hospital. METHODS: Between January 2008 and December 2014, 49 patients were treated for intravesical foreign bodies at King George Medical University, Lucknow. All records of these patients were retrospectively analysed to characterise the nature of the foreign body, each patient's clinical presentation, the mode of insertion, and how the case was managed...
September 2016: International Neurourology Journal
Muhammad Laklouk, Ganesan Baranidharan
Capsaicin is a naturally occurring irritant active ingredient found in hot peppers. It is a ligand for transient receptor potential channel vanilloid receptors, which are found in nociceptive nerve terminals in the skin. Initial exposure to topical capsaicin leads to excitation of these receptors, release of vasoactive mediators, erythema, intense burning, pain, and thereafter desensitization of sensory neurons resulting in inhibition of pain transmission. Capsaicin 8% has been licensed for the treatment of postherpetic neuralgia pain in recent years...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
Jonathan Hoffman, C Philip Gabel
Background: Over recent decades, mind-body exercise methods have gained international popularity and importance in the management of musculoskeletal disorders. Objectives: The scope of this paper was to investigate: the origins of Western mind-body methods, their philosophies, exercises, and relationship with mainstream healthcare over the last two centuries. Major findings: Within a few decades of the turn of the 20th century, a cluster of mind-body exercise methods emerged from at least six pioneering founders: Checkley, Müller, Alexander, Randell, Pilates, and Morris...
November 2, 2015: Physical Therapy Reviews: PTR
Gwendolen Jull
There have been many advances in the management of neck pain disorders, but a personal frustration as a clinician and researcher in the field is that the incidence of full recovery following a whiplash injury as a result of a motor vehicle crash has not increased and, subsequently, the rate of transition to chronic neck pain has not lessened. The commentaries in this special issue reflect the multifaceted nature of whiplash-associated disorders and the wide-ranging research in the field. While management of whiplash, especially the challenge of lessening the rate of transition to chronicity, has yet to be achieved, the picture is becoming clearer...
October 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Juliane C Silva, Jackson R G S Almeida, Jullyana S S Quintans, Rajiv Gandhi Gopalsamy, Saravanan Shanmugam, Mairim Russo Serafini, Maria R C Oliveira, Bruno A F Silva, Anita O B P B Martins, Fyama F Castro, Irwin R A Menezes, Henrique D M Coutinho, Rita C M Oliveira, Parimelazhagan Thangaraj, Adriano A S Araújo, Lucindo J Quintans-Júnior
Orofacial pain is associated with diagnosis of chronic pain of head, face, mouth, neck and all the intraoral structures. Carvacrol, a naturally occurring isoprenoid with diverse class of biological activities including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antitumor and antioxidant properties. Now, the antinociceptive effect was studied in mice pretreatment with carvacrol (CARV) and β-cyclodextrin complex containing carvacrol (CARV-βCD) in formalin-, capsaicin-, and glutamate- induced orofacial nociception. Mice were pretreated with vehicle (0...
September 26, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jennie Walker
Patients with fibromyalgia experience chronic widespread pain, with associated symptoms of fatigue, sleep disturbance and memory problems. There are many therapies which may be helpful in managing the symptoms of fibromyalgia; however, these often require a process of trial and error to establish optimum management using a combination of pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Nurses can support patients with fibromyalgia using a biopsychosocial approach to symptom management. Understanding the nature of fibromyalgia and management options will enable nurses to deliver holistic patient-centred care...
September 28, 2016: Nursing Standard
M Neale Weitzmann, Ighovwerha Ofotokun, Kehmia Titanji, Anjali Sharma, Michael T Yin
Clinical data accumulated over the past two decades attests to a significant decline in bone mineral density (BMD) in patients infected by HIV, which does not remit but may actually intensify with anti-retroviral therapy (ART). Long generally perceived as an aberration without clinical consequences in relatively young HIV-infected cohorts, recent studies have documented marked increases in fracture incidence in HIV-infected men and women over a wide age continuum. Fractures are associated with chronic pain, crippling morbidity, and increased mortality, undermining the gains in quality of life achieved though ART...
September 28, 2016: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
Yashar Eshraghi, Vimal Desai, Calvin Cajigal Cajigal, Kutaiba Tabbaa
BACKGROUND: Lumbar synovial cysts can result from spondylosis of facet joints. These cysts can encroach on adjacent nerve roots, causing symptoms of radiculopathy. Currently the only definitive treatment for these symptoms is surgery, which may involve laminectomy or laminotomy, with or without spinal fusion. Surgery has been reported to successfully relieve radicular pain in 83.5% of patients by Zhenbo et al. Little information is available concerning the efficacy and outcome of percutaneous fluoroscopic synovial cyst rupture for treatment of facet joint synovial cysts...
September 2016: Pain Physician
Darija Mahović, Fanika Mrsić
Dear Editor, the practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine described psoriasis some 2000 years ago (1). Psoriasis vulgaris is a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease whose worldwide prevalence ranges from 0.1-3% (2,3). Understanding the role of the immune system in psoriasis and the interplay between the innate and adaptive immune system has helped to manage this complex disease, which affects patients far beyond the skin changes themselves (2). In addition to the usual and widely accepted methods of treatment of psoriasis, including topical therapies, phototherapy, and conventional and biological systemic therapies, data can be found in the literature that suggest a favorable effect of acupuncture on the course of psoriasis (4,5)...
August 2016: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
Scott M Tintle, Christopher LeBrun, James R Ficke, Benjamin K Potter
Traumatic and trauma-related amputations represent unfortunate sequelae of severe injury, but should not be viewed as a treatment failure and may represent the best reconstructive option for some patients. Lessons from recent military conflicts have guided the evolution of modern surgical techniques and rehabilitation management of this challenging patient population, and treatment at a specialty center may improve patient outcomes. Despite appropriate management, however, surgical complications remain common and revision surgery is often necessary...
October 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Dimitrios Challoumas, Antonio Stavrou, Georgios Dimitrakakis
In volleyball, the dominant shoulder of the athlete undergoes biomechanical and morphological adaptations; however, definitive conclusions about their exact nature, aetiology, purpose and associations with shoulder injury have not been reached. We present a systematic review of the existing literature describing biomechanical adaptations in the dominant shoulders of volleyball players and factors that may predispose to shoulder pain/injury. A thorough literature search via Medline, EMBASE and SCOPUS was conducted for original studies of volleyball players and 15 eligible articles were identified...
September 23, 2016: Sports Biomechanics
Nabila Rouahi, Zineb Ouazzani Touhami, Hasna Ahyayauch, Nisrin El Mlili, A Filali-Maltouf, Zakaria Belkhadir
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a worldwide health problem and pain is among the most common and unpleasant effects affecting well-being of cancer patients. Accurate description of pain can help physicians to improve its management. Many English tools have been developed to assess pain. Only a limited number of these are applied in Arab countries. Our aim was to assess the quality, the nature and the severity of pain using the short McGill Pain Questionnaire (SF-MPQ) on cancer patients in the National Institute of Oncology (NIO) in Rabat, Morocco...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Heidi Kempert, Ethan Benore, Rachel Heines
OBJECTIVE: To discuss whether patient reported measures would be clinically sensitive and useful for identifying functional change within an intensive chronic pain program setting. Children and adolescents' perception of their abilities is a natural target of rehabilitation therapies. Perceived functioning is often impaired when experiencing chronic pain and is a meaningful goal of rehabilitation therapy. This study examines two patient reported measures administered as part of physical therapy for chronic pain...
September 14, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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