Pain after paraplegia

A survey in India

N. Gupta, J. Solomon, K. Raja

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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 (n=600) 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-346
Number of pages5
JournalSpinal Cord
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-04-2010

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Paraplegia
India
Pain
Walking
Shoulder Pain
Surveys and Questionnaires
Wounds and Injuries
Back Pain
Chest Pain
Upper Extremity
Medical Records
Neck
Quality of Life
Demography
Organizations
Incidence

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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Gupta, N. ; Solomon, J. ; Raja, K. / Pain after paraplegia : A survey in India. In: Spinal Cord. 2010 ; Vol. 48, No. 4. pp. 342-346.
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