Pain after paraplegia: a survey in India

Gupta, N and Solomon, J and Raja, K (2010) Pain after paraplegia: a survey in India. Spinal Cord, 48. pp. 342-346. ISSN 1362-4393

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Study design: A postal survey. Objective: To ascertain the incidence of pain in individuals with paraplegia in India and to associate it with demographic characteristics. Setting: India. Method: The study was done by means of a questionnaire. This questionnaire was mailed to the identified individuals (n¼600) on the addresses obtained from the medical records section of hospitals and from various organizations. Data analysis was done by using non-parametric tests of association. Results: The return rate was 46% (276/600). Fifty-seven percent of individuals complained of pain. Of this, pain in the back and chest ranked the highest (30.1%), followed by pain below the level of lesion (6.9%), pain in the shoulder and upper limb (4.7%) and neck (0.4%). Fifteen percent of individuals complained of pain at multiple sites. We found a significant association of pain with age, duration since injury and ambulation. Conclusion: More than half of the subjects complained of pain in the study. Pain was found to be associated with age, duration since injury and ambulation. As pain has a dramatic effect on a subjects’ quality of life, there is a need to evaluate it in detail and treat accordingly with preventive, rehabilitative or surgical procedures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: pain; paraplegia; spinal cord injury; age; duration since injury; ambulation
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 04:04
Last Modified: 16 May 2012 04:04

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