Coping Style May Play Role in Post-Surgical Pain

Patients who had both a high pain sensitivity variant of the COMT gene and high levels of pain catastrophizing had a more than 40% risk of continued pain one year after surgery

When it comes to determining which patients will have long-lasting pain after orthopedic shoulder surgery, cognitive coping style and genetic predisposition to pain sensitivity may actually be bigger factors than the size or intensity of the operation, a new University of Florida Health study finds.

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