Chronic pain secondary to disability

A review

Dawn M. Ehde, Mark P. Jensen, Joyce M. Engel, Judith A. Turner, Amy J. Hoffman, Diana D. Cardenas

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Abstract

Background: Until recently, very little has been written regarding chronic pain as a secondary problem in persons who already have a physical disability, despite the potential for pain to increase the negative impact of what may already be a very disabling condition. The purpose of this review is to summarize what is currently known concerning the nature and scope of chronic pain as a secondary condition to disability, specifically spinal cord injury, acquired amputations, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disease, and postpolio syndrome. Method: What is known concerning the frequency, severity, impact, and treatment of pain in these specific conditions is reviewed, as are the factors that contribute to, or are associated with, adjustment to chronic pain in these disability groups. The authors conclude with several research questions that emerge from this knowledge, the answers to which will contribute to the long-term goal of the reduction of pain and suffering in persons with disabilities. Conclusions: The existing literature clearly documents that many persons with disabilities experience chronic pain. Many questions remain unanswered regarding the scope, severity, and treatment of chronic pain in these groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-17
Number of pages15
JournalClinical Journal of Pain
Volume19
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Chronic Pain
Disabled Persons
Pain
Social Adjustment
Neuromuscular Diseases
Cerebral Palsy
Spinal Cord Injuries
Amputation
Multiple Sclerosis
Therapeutics
Research

Keywords

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Postpolio syndrome
  • Residual limb pain
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology

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Ehde, D. M., Jensen, M. P., Engel, J. M., Turner, J. A., Hoffman, A. J., & Cardenas, D. D. (2003). Chronic pain secondary to disability: A review. Clinical Journal of Pain, 19(1), 3-17. https://doi.org/10.1097/00002508-200301000-00002

Chronic pain secondary to disability : A review. / Ehde, Dawn M.; Jensen, Mark P.; Engel, Joyce M.; Turner, Judith A.; Hoffman, Amy J.; Cardenas, Diana D.

In: Clinical Journal of Pain, Vol. 19, No. 1, 01.01.2003, p. 3-17.

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Ehde, DM, Jensen, MP, Engel, JM, Turner, JA, Hoffman, AJ & Cardenas, DD 2003, 'Chronic pain secondary to disability: A review', Clinical Journal of Pain, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 3-17. https://doi.org/10.1097/00002508-200301000-00002
Ehde DM, Jensen MP, Engel JM, Turner JA, Hoffman AJ, Cardenas DD. Chronic pain secondary to disability: A review. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2003 Jan 1;19(1):3-17. https://doi.org/10.1097/00002508-200301000-00002
Ehde, Dawn M. ; Jensen, Mark P. ; Engel, Joyce M. ; Turner, Judith A. ; Hoffman, Amy J. ; Cardenas, Diana D. / Chronic pain secondary to disability : A review. In: Clinical Journal of Pain. 2003 ; Vol. 19, No. 1. pp. 3-17.
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