Tag: pain scale

Torn Meniscus: Surgery May Not Be the First Option

Middle-aged and older patients who have mild arthritis and an age-related torn meniscus show no benefit from arthroscopic surgery, according to a study published August 25, 2014, in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Arthroscopic surgery for meniscal tears has been a common but controversial procedure. In the U.S., more than 700,000

Chinese Herbal Formula Offers No Benefit for Knee Osteoarthritis

The herbal formula Huo Luo Xiao Ling Dan (HLXL) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for about 100 years to alleviate pain and inflammation. Yet, a new study shows that the herbal combination failed to improve pain and function in knee osteoarthritis (OA) in a phase II clinical trial.

A Brief History of the Prescription Opioid Epidemic

The beginning of the crisis can be traced back to a 1999 Joint Commission on Health Care initiative that proclaimed “Pain as the fifth Vital Sign.” It standardized the use of the now familiar zero to 10 numeric pain scale. The need to treat pain, especially among older adults, was

Ignoring Joint Pain Can Make Matters Worse

Joint pain increases with age for many reasons, including lack of muscular strength, inflexibility, genetics, and damage from overuse or misuse. Joint pain is not something to be endured as a normal part of aging. It is a signal from the nervous system that something is wrong, and it should

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