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Pre-surgical patients with osteoarthritis commonly use opioids to manage pain

21:55 EST 7 Nov 2017 | Healio

SAN DIEGO — Thirty percent of patients with end-stage knee, hip or spine osteoarthritis used opioids to manage chronic pain before surgery, according to data presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting.
“Growing evidence demonstrates little if any clinically significant benefit of opioids for OA pain, particularly when compared to other medications,” lead study author Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, FRCS(C), a professor in the division of orthopedic and neurosurgery at the University of Toronto, said in a press release. “There are growing concerns about the

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