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Spinal Cord. 2000 Oct;38(10):611-4.

Chronic pain after SCI. A patient survey.

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Department of Spinal Injuries, Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK.

Abstract

STUDY DESIGN:

A survey of chronic pain experience after spinal cord injury.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the prevalence, severity and impact of chronic pain amongst spinal cord injury (SCI) patients in our region, and assess the need for additional resources to address the problem.

METHODS:

A postal questionnaire was sent to 216 spinal cord injury patients (10% of the Yorkshire regional spinal injury database).

SETTING:

Yorkshire region, UK.

RESULTS:

A response was received from 67% of the patients. Seventy-nine per cent of patients said they presently suffered with pain, with 39% describing it as severe. Comparison of pain and non-pain groups using chi-squared analysis showed that complete injury was significantly more likely than incomplete injury to result in chronic pain (P<0.05), and increased severity of pain (P<0.05). 43% of patients with pain said they required further treatment for it. Chronic pain had a significant impact on daily activities and was a major factor in causing unemployment (18%) and depression (39%).

CONCLUSION:

The study confirms that pain is a major problem in SCI patients which is not currently being adequately addressed. A multidisciplinary approach to management and prospective studies of treatments are required in order to reduce the prevalence and severity of pain in these patients. Spinal Cord (2000) 38, 611 - 614.

PMID:
11093322
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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