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Clin Geriatr Med. 2016 Nov;32(4):773-785. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2016.06.003. Epub 2016 Aug 4.

Interventional Techniques for Management of Pain in Older Adults.

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1
Department of Anesthesiology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1009, USA. Electronic address: akbrooks@wakehealth.edu.
2
Department of Anesthesiology, Interventional Pain Management, VA Medical Center, Atlanta, GA, USA.

Abstract

Chronic pain in older patients is often treated with pain medications, physical rehabilitation, interventional pain management, and/or psychological interventions. The administration of pain medications is the most common form of chronic pain treatment. Physiologic changes in older adults make them more susceptible to the potential side effects of oral pain medications, especially opioids. Interventional pain management offers an alternative treatment option. This article reviews some of the interventional techniques used to treat the most common sites of pain in older adults: back, knee, and hip.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic pain; Interventional pain management; Osteoarthritis; Osteoporosis; Steroid injection; Vertebral compression fracture

PMID:
27741969
DOI:
10.1016/j.cger.2016.06.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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