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2019 Dec

Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol



Ultrasound practice for chronic pain procedures: A comprehensive review.


Kaye A D, Motejunas MW, Bonneval LA, Ehrhardt KP, Latimer DR, Trescot A, Wilson KE, Ibrahim IN, Cornett EM, Urman RD, Candido KD
Best Pract Res Clin Anaesthesiol. 2019 Dec; 33(4):465-486.
PMID: 31791564.


Chronic pain management techniques have evolved in recent years. With regard to this, ultrasound (US) technology has become a standard for most acute pain procedures and essential for postsurgical pain relief and enhanced recovery after surgery protocols. This manuscript summarizes clinical studies evaluating US use for chronic pain management and compares efficacy with standard techniques including fluoroscopy (FL). US possesses several unique benefits when compared with FL, including elimination of radiation exposure while providing similar clinical outcomes. In summary, US use for chronic pain procedures is emerging as a viable, safe, and effective modality. Additional studies are needed to best appreciate US and its role in chronic pain management.