Tough Canadians, Eh?
We have all watched hockey games and seen the missing teeth and maybe even a quick cut stitching with no numbing agent. If you participate in Canadian Junior Hockey League, no one will question your toughness.
A recent study, published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that ibuprofen is a better option than oral morphine for pediatric pain relief after minor orthopedic outpatient surgery. Essentially the pain scores for the two test groups were similar, but as you might expect, there were more adverse side effects with the morphine. These included drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and constipation.
The take-away from studies like these is the need, if you want to do better, to continue examining the options for effective pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies to most effectively manage pain. With minor procedures and routine recovery protocols, the first-line default option to use morphine for pain relief is not always indicated.
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