Preventing Rebound Pain After Ankle Fracture

Continuous anesthetic infusion also reduces opioid use

Terry Stanton

Patients who receive a single-injection nerve block when undergoing surgery for an ankle fracture frequently experience “rebound pain” as the block wears off. According to the results of a study presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, use of a continuous infusion of regional anesthetic can not only alleviate rebound pain but also reduce the need for narcotic analgesia following surgery.

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