The Pain-free Gene

In a practice performing spine surgeries, pain management is a common topic. Attempts to minimize postoperative pain involve minimally invasive techniques, which have been shown to limit pain. Consideration of ERAS techniques, including semi-awake procedures, also helps diminish postoperative pain and avoidance of narcotic medications. Recently, it has been found that some patients have a…

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Leonardo da Vinci Had a Peripheral Nerve Injury?

A new study published this month reviews a portrait of da Vinci, painted by Giovan Ambrogio Figino.  Previously overlooked is da Vinci’s arm and hand in a sling, with the right hand in a position not typical of a stroke.  Following a stroke, a patient’s hand often is fully clenched. In this rendering, only the ring and pinky fingers are flexed and da Vinci’s right hand is in the typical “ulnar claw” position.

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