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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Multisite joint pain in Australian women and psychosocial health
- And Finally, a Story about Smoking and Pain Intensity
For HealthBeat …. This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #664 recorded March 1, 2019
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Multisite joint pain in Australian women and psychosocial health
A recent study was published in the journal Chiropractic and Manual Therapies, to look at multisite joint pain in Australian women.
Musculoskeletal pain frequently occurs in more than one body region, with up to 80% of adults reporting more than one joint pain site in the last 12 months.
Older people and females are known to be more susceptible to multiple joint pain sites, however the association of multisite joint pain with physical and psychosocial functions in this population are unknown.
The study concluded that over one-third of older women in our sample had >5 painful joints in the last month. These women demonstrated significantly poorer psychosocial health, and increased medication use, than women with no or fewer sites of joint pain.
Many women with multisite joint pain were still in the workforce, even when nearing retirement age.
This study has important implications for future research into musculoskeletal pain, particularly in regards to women’s health and wellbeing, and for clinical practice where there should be increased awareness of the implications of concurrent, multisite joint pain.
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Smoking and Pain Intensity
Smoking cigarettes is prevalent among individuals with chronic pain. Some studies indicate nicotine reduces pain and others suggest it may cause or exacerbate pain.
Participants in this cross-sectional study, published in the Journal of Pain, were 151 chronic pain patients from a large, urban VA medical center.
Patients were divided into 3 groups:
- smokers who deny using cigarettes to cope with pain; and
- smokers who report using cigarettes to cope with pain.
Patients who reported smoking as a coping strategy for chronic pain scored significantly worse compared with the other 2 groups on the majority of measures of pain-related outcome. Nonsmokers and smokers who denied smoking to cope did not differ on any variable examined.
This paper describes the relationship between smoking cigarettes as a mechanism to cope with chronic pain and pain-related outcome.
Understanding this relationship may illuminate the broader relationship between smoking and chronic pain and provide new directions for effective interdisciplinary pain treatment.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
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