Interventional Pain Management

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Doses Used in Fluoroscopic Lumbar Epidural Injections Overestimated

Doses Used in Fluoroscopic Lumbar Epidural Injections Overestimated

Fluoroscope-reported values may overestimate total patient entrance dose-area product used in lumbar epidural injections.

Factors Associated With Suboptimal Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block for Arthroscopy

Factors Associated With Suboptimal Interscalene Brachial Plexus Block for Arthroscopy

Factors including male gender and high body mass index were found to be independent risk factors for suboptimal interscalene brachial plexus block in patients undergoing arthroscopic elective shoulder arthroscopy.

Dexmedetomidine May Prolong Analgesia Duration in Nerve Blocks

Dexmedetomidine May Prolong Analgesia Duration in Nerve Blocks

When used in combination with local anesthetics, dexmedetomidine may increase nerve block-associated analgesia for approximately 5 hours, but use of dexmedetomidine may be associated with a higher risk for intraoperative hypotension and bradycardia.

FDA Approves Minimally-Invasive, Non-Drug Therapy for Pain Management

FDA Approves Minimally-Invasive, Non-Drug Therapy for Pain Management

Several clinical trials have demonstrated the SPRINT PNS System to be effective in reducing pain and improving quality of life.

Buffered Lidocaine May Be Superior to Nonbuffered Lidocaine for Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block

Buffered Lidocaine May Be Superior to Nonbuffered Lidocaine for Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block

Sodium bicarbonate-buffered lidocaine may be superior to nonbuffered lidocaine in reducing onset time and injection pain during inferior alveolar nerve block.

Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems May Be Ineffective for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Intrathecal Drug Delivery Systems May Be Ineffective for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Intrathecal drug delivery systems may be ineffective in reducing pain and oral opioid intake in individuals with complex regional pain syndrome.

Radiofrequency Denervation Efficacious in Treating Thoracic Zygapophyseal Joint Pain

Radiofrequency Denervation Efficacious in Treating Thoracic Zygapophyseal Joint Pain

Radiofrequency denervation, typically used to treat lumbar and cervical zygapophyseal joint pain, has shown efficacy in treating thoracic zygapophyseal joint pain.

Superficial Cervical Plexus Block May Be Safe, Effective for Emergency Medicine Use

Superficial Cervical Plexus Block May Be Safe, Effective for Emergency Medicine Use

Superficial cervical plexus block may be safe and effective for use in emergency medicine.

Popliteal Sciatic Nerve Block May Increase Time to First Opioid Request in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Popliteal Sciatic Nerve Block May Increase Time to First Opioid Request in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Patients with type 2 diabetes and diabetic peripheral neuropathy may have an increased time to first opioid request and reduced time to onset of sensory blockade after an ultrasound-guided popliteal sciatic nerve block compared with patients without neuropathy.

Cervical Facet Plane Block: The When, How, on Whom

Cervical Facet Plane Block: The When, How, on Whom

The cervical facet plane block is a procedure in which a needle is inserted onto the extraarticular surface of the facet joints.