Short Tilte:Chronic pain associated with spinal cord injuries: A community survey
Journal:Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):01, 82, 4, 501-508
Study examining the prevalence of pain among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) living in the community. Data are from 384 responses to a mail survey of individuals with SCI age > 18 living in the Pacific Northwest (64% return rate). It was found that 79% reported current pain, and that prevalence rates were higher for respondents with less education and respondents not employed or in school. The most common locations were the back (61%), hips and buttocks (61%), and feet (58%). Upper extremity pain was experienced currently by 69%. Individuals with quadriplegia were significantly more likely to have neck and shoulder pain. On average, respondents reported high levels of pain intensity and moderate levels of interference with activities of daily living (ADL). Treatments were rated as only somewhat helpful.