After Surgery Listen
to Music to Relieve Pain - Those Able to Pick the Songs Felt Better -
Less Post Operative Analgesics Relievers
April 24th 2006
Pick your own
Patients who listened to music after surgery reported less pain than
others, at the same time music also reduced the need for analgesics.
According to a review in the Cochrane Library, the music’s
pain-relieving benefits were found to be too small to result in fewer
drug-related side effects.
The team, led by surgery Professor M Soledad Cepeda of Javeriana
University School of Medicine in Bogota in Colombia, reviewed the
results of 14 studies in which 489 surgery patients listened to
pre-recorded music. The post-operative patients rated their pain
The largest difference in pain reduction between the music and non-music
groups was 0.9, on a scale of zero to 10. The researchers say that the
difference is significant, but small.