Category: Pain Tracking and Mapping

How to view dermatome divisions on pain drawings in real-time

Dermatome and myotome body divisions can now be viewed in real-time on a pain drawing when using Navigate Pain.  A simple click reveals the exact distribution of a patient’s pain report (e.g. aching or sharp pain) relative to classic body divisions.  The new feature also includes simple body region divisions.  Simple divisions, such as those used in epidemiologic studies, include the head, neck, low back, buttocks, thigh and patella. Clarifying the roles of Dermatomes and Myotomes just got easier Dermatomes are considerd an area of skin supplied by sensory neurons that arise from a spinal nerve ganglion and myotomes...

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Why pain radiating down the leg is a pattern worth tracking in low back pain

The location of low back pain can differ as a result of the underlying cause or the severity of symptoms.  According to a 2016 study published in Pain Practice, the severity of low back pain is higher when pain is radiating all the way down the leg (Hüllemann et al., 2016).  An interesting finding is surgery and medication intake is more frequent for these patients. The findings associated with four pain radiation patterns as identified by Hüllemann and colleagues are reviewed here and acknowledged as patterns worth tracking. Radiation patterns in low back pain A main finding for the 2016 study...

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Pain descriptor library launched by Navigate Pain

Tracking Multiple Pain Types Navigate Pain launches a new feature capable of tracking multiple sensations or types of pain over time.  Pain is a complex experience and describing pain is difficult.  Adding more pain descriptors for patients was inspired by our users and scientific research.  The newly added pain descriptors will allow patients to create a more complete picture of their pain. For example, a person may complain of pain in the lower back.  However, ‘pain in the lower back’ is an unclear and inaccurate picture of the pain experience.  Pain descriptors such as, shooting, dull-aching or stabbing are...

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The value of pain location in Achilles tendinopathy

Out of 10 clinical tests ‘Where does it hurt?’ is a pain location question.  Such a question is one of the most reliable and accurate ‘tests’ for diagnosing Achilles tendinopathy. In the not too distant past the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery published a scientific study entitled ‘What is the best clinical test for Achilles tendinopathy?’ The study by Hutchison and colleagues from the United Kingdom was published in 2013. There is a long-standing rumor that published scientific knowledge requires 20 years to integrate into routine clinical practice. For this reason alone this post seemed necessary as Achilles tendinopathy is...

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