Editor’s Note: We are pleased to announce Q & A, a new Forums feature that will give PRF members and readers the opportunity to ask the community for answers to questions on their mind. These queries can cover experimental techniques, clinical care, the sharing of unpublished data—anything you would like the community to weigh in on. The aim of Q & A is to accelerate research and spread knowledge by increasing dialogue between all types of pain scientists, clinicians, and even patients with chronic pain.
PRF thanks Steve Davidson, University of Cincinnati, US, for suggesting and helping us to develop this new feature—and for posting the first question (see here). We also thank Jeffrey Petruska, University of Louisville, US, for posting the second question, below.
Send us your replies to Q & A by leaving a comment below.
Local anesthetics form a major part of pain-control efforts in the peri-operative setting and in the pain clinic. Existing local anesthetics are very effective and useful, but have limitations and side effects. What improvements are top priorities for the continued developed of local anesthetics?