Pain interference in ambulatory spinal cord injury

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Pain interference in ambulatory spinal cord injury
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Journal Article
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Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
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2007, vol. 12, issue 3, pp 91-96
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Objectives: The purpose of this study was to compare pain interference scores as a function of dependence in ambulation, as defined by need of assistance from another person, and to identify the association of pain interference with aging parameters (current age, years since injury). Method: Secondary analysis of existing survey data of 363 participants with spinal cord injury (SCI) from the Midwestern and Southeastern United States who have participated in a 30-year study of aging after SCI. Results: Participants who were independent of personal assistance in ambulation reported lower levels of pain interference on each of the 6 life areas of the Brief Pain Inventory and were less likely to use prescription medication to treat pain (p <.001). No simple relationship was observed with aging. although pain interference was more problematic for the partially ambulatory group with increasing years since injury when compared with those independent in ambulation. Conclusion: Although ambulation is a coveted goal. potential long-term complications of partial arnbulation must be critically evaluated. particularly as individuals reach aging milestones.
Krause, J. S.; Morrisette, D.; Brotherton, S.; Karakostas, T.; Apple, D.
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