Chronicity of pain associated with spinal cord injury: A longitudinal analysis

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This study determined the stability of self-reported clinical pain characteristics and pain-induced interference with sleep and daily activities in people with spinal cord injury. The study followed up a previous survey that identified clinical pain patterns (i.e., neuropathic pain below the level of injury; upper-limb pain in tetraplegia; and severe, persistent pain). A confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) of the present study's data confirmed the previously observed pain patterns. The CFA also confirmed positive correlations between the surveys on individual pain characteristics (i.e., number of pain locations [r = 0.63, p < 0.001], number of descriptors [r = 0.61, p < 0.001], pain intensity [r = 0.68, p < 0.001], and temporal aspects [r = 0.47, p < 0.001]). Despite an overall stable clinical picture of pain, "aching" pain (p < 0.001) and sleep interference caused by pain (p < 0.001) significantly increased over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-594
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

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Factor analysis
Spinal Cord Injuries
Pain
Statistical Factor Analysis
Sleep
Quadriplegia
Neuralgia
Upper Extremity

Keywords

  • Chronic disease
  • Chronic pain
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Nociceptive pain
  • Pain
  • Pain measurement
  • Somatosensory disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Statistical factor analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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Chronicity of pain associated with spinal cord injury : A longitudinal analysis. / Cruz-Almeida, Yenisel; Martinez-Arizala, Alberto; Widerstrom-Noga, Eva.

In: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Vol. 42, No. 5, 01.09.2005, p. 585-594.

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