Comparison of bupivacaine, etidocaine, and saline for trigger-point therapy

Stuart R Hameroff, B. Crago, D. Blitt, J. Womble, J. Kanel

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Abstract

Injections of local anesthetics, saline, 'dry needling', or other stimuli at specific, tender loci (trigger or acupuncture points) are reportedly efficacious in treatment of chronic pain syndromes. In a randomized, double-blind crossover study, subjective responses of 15 patients with myofascial syndrome to trigger-point injections of either bupivacaine 0.5%, etiodocaine 1%, or physiologic saline without preservative were compared. Responses in six pain-related categories were determined before treatment and 15 minutes, 24 hours, and 7 days after treatment. Trigger-point injections with bupivacaine and etidocaine were generally preferred over saline in several pain-related categories. Implications and possible mechanisms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)752-755
Number of pages4
JournalAnesthesia and Analgesia
Volume60
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1981

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Etidocaine
Trigger Points
Bupivacaine
Injections
Pain
Acupuncture Points
Local Anesthetics
Double-Blind Method
Chronic Pain
Cross-Over Studies
Therapeutics

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Hameroff, S. R., Crago, B., Blitt, D., Womble, J., & Kanel, J. (1981). Comparison of bupivacaine, etidocaine, and saline for trigger-point therapy. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 60(10), 752-755.

Comparison of bupivacaine, etidocaine, and saline for trigger-point therapy. / Hameroff, Stuart R; Crago, B.; Blitt, D.; Womble, J.; Kanel, J.

In: Anesthesia and Analgesia, Vol. 60, No. 10, 1981, p. 752-755.

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Hameroff, SR, Crago, B, Blitt, D, Womble, J & Kanel, J 1981, 'Comparison of bupivacaine, etidocaine, and saline for trigger-point therapy', Anesthesia and Analgesia, vol. 60, no. 10, pp. 752-755.
Hameroff, Stuart R ; Crago, B. ; Blitt, D. ; Womble, J. ; Kanel, J. / Comparison of bupivacaine, etidocaine, and saline for trigger-point therapy. In: Anesthesia and Analgesia. 1981 ; Vol. 60, No. 10. pp. 752-755.
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