Research Brief: Pain of steroid injection reduced by coughing

A cough is a safe and effective way of reducing the pain caused by a steroid injection, suggest UK research findings to be presented at the British Society for Rheumatology annual meeting in May. Twenty patients were asked to cough on the introduction of the needle and 20 injected without being told to cough. Participants then rated how painful the injection was compared with how painful they expected it to be. Patients in the cough group found that the injection was less painful than those in the control group.

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