Acute pain commonly occurs after surgical procedures and often requires the intervention of a physical therapist. Normal movements can be hindered and subsequent over use of the other body parts might cause additional complaints.
A quantitative, pilot study was conducted in patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the effect of using Curetape on pain relief and frequency of oral analgesic use.
90 patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal were asked to complete a Visual Analogue Scale for pain at pre-specified times and document daily analgesic use. The study period started six hours postoperative and continued for seven days. Patients were randomized into three study groups: Curetape, placebo tape and analgesic only. Ibuprofen and Paracetamol were the oral analgesic medication used in all three groups. Randomization was done by patient selection of one of three indistinguishable envelopes. The effect of other variables (age, gender, type of procedure) on pain and analgesic use was also evaluated.
There was no significant difference in patients’ perception of pain and documented use of oral analgesics between the three groups during the study period. Further evaluation of age, gender and type of procedure also revealed no significant difference.
Curetape appears to be ineffective at providing additional pain relief in patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal, during the first seven postoperative days.