CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT IN GERIATRIC PATIENTS: ANALYSIS OF AN ALGOLOGY CLINIC’S DATA


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Yürük D., Genç Perdecioğlu G. R.

Turk Geriatri Dergisi, vol.25, no.1, pp.97-105, 2022 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 25 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.31086/tjgeri.2022.267
  • Journal Name: Turk Geriatri Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-105
  • Keywords: Aged, Diagnosis, Pain

Abstract

© 2022, Geriatrics Society. All rights reserved.Introduction: The aim of this study is to examine whether the number of admissions to an algology outpatient clinic, the cause of pain and application of interventional procedures of pain change with advanced age. Materials and Method: Data of patients who admitted to Algology Outpatient Clinic between 1 January and 31 December 2019 were retrospectively evaluated. Patients were divided into two groups: patients being <65-year-old (Group I) and ≥65-year-old (Group II). The comparative statistical analyses were performed between the groups. Results: 5559(60.4%) patients were <65 years old (group I) and 3635(39.5%) patients were ≥65 years old (group II). The rate of myofascial pain (p<0.001), spinal pain (p= 0.020), headache (p<0.001), dorsal/chest pain (p= 0.042) and, pelvic pain (p<0.001) were considerably higher in group I. The rate of joint pain (p<0.001) was higher in group II. The rate of combined drug therapy and intervention among group II (58.8%) was higher than group I (51.7%) (p<0.001). Trigger point injection was the most common interventional procedure in both groups. Conclusion: Fewer elderly patients than younger adult patients are applying to the Algology Outpatient Clinic. In the elderly, joint-related pain in particular is much more common than in young adults. In the treatment of chronic pain, interventional methods added to pharmacological treatment are more common in elderly patients than young adults.