Study: Nerve Blockade Reduces Acute Pain After Hip Fracture

Nerve blockade is effective in reducing acute pain after hip fracture, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

Researchers searched 25 electronic databases for trials and studies of pain management techniques for adults after acute hip fracture. The techniques included nerve blockade, spinal anesthesia, systemic analgesia, traction, multimodal pain management, neurostimulation, rehabilitation and complementary and alternative medicine.

The authors found sufficient evidence only for nerve blockade in reducing pain and delirium after hip fracture. The other techniques did not have enough evidence to warrant firm conclusions, according to the study.

Read the Annals of Internal Medicine abstract on pain management for hip fracture.

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