Treatments for chronic pain in persons with spinal cord injury: A survey study

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Treatments for chronic pain in persons with spinal cord injury: A survey study
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Journal Article
Accession No.:
Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM) (formerly Journal of the American Paraplegia Society
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):
2006, vol. 29, issue 2, pp 109-117
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Study participants were asked whether they had ever received any 1 of 26 different pain treatments, including 10 oral medications, 8 other standard pain treatment modalities, 7 alternative pain treatments, or any other treatment for pain. Participants also indicated the amount of relief each treatment provided and the length of time that any pain relief usually lasts. The medications tried most often were nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and acetaminophen. Opioids produced the greatest degree of pain relief but were unlikely to be continued by those who tried them. Although 38 percent of respondents had tried gabapentin, only 17 percent were still using it, and average pain relief was only moderate. Seventy-three percent of the respondents had tried at least 1 of the alternative pain treatments; the most frequently tried were massage, marijuana, and acupuncture. The relief from most treatments tended to last only minutes or hours; however, pain relief from treatments such as massage, acupuncture, and hypnosis was reported to last for days in 25 to 33 percent of those who tried these treatments.
Cardenas, Diana D.; Jensen, Mark P.
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