Patterns of Pain in Spinal Cord Injured Individuals
Keywords:SCI;Pain; Level of injury
Objective: The objective of this study was to find out the Pattern of Pain in Spinal Cord Injury individuals.
Methods: Total 100 subjects were included in the study. The informed consent was filled by the subjects.
Then, the questionnaire was used by asking questions to the subjects regarding their pain. Some were filled
by telephonic conversations and some by person.
Result: Out of 100, 90 subjects suffered from pain with the Neuropathic type being the most prevalent.
Most of the subjects suffered pain in the upper limb followed by the lower limb and the back.
Conclusion : The research work showed that 90 out of 100 suffered from pain. Out of 90, 23 had pain above
the injury level while 67 had pain below the injury level.35 were Quadriplegic and 65 were Paraplegic.
The types of pain showed the following prevalence:Neuropathic pain > Mixed > Burning sensation > Dull
Aching.The common sites of pain were:Upper limb > Lowe limb > Back > Urinary tract > Various.The most
common aggravating factor of pain was found to be transfers, exercise, recreation, sport and fatigue. This
was followed by prolong sitting and Stress and anxiety.Most of the subjects relieved from pain when at rest
followed by posture or position change. 12 out of 90 subjects got no relief in their pain while 10 subjects got
relieved from other non specific factors.
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