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Prevalence of chronic pain after traumaticspinal cord injury: A systematic review

Marcel Dijkers, PhD, FACRM, et al.

Knowledge of the number of people with spinal cord injury (SCI) who have chronic pain is important for the planning of services and the development of new pain treatments. This research aimed to determine the prevalence of "chronic" pain after SCI based on a review of all relevant published studies. We found estimates ranging from 26% to 96% and conclude that so much unexplained variability is present in the published rates that calculating an average is not appropriate. The data suggest that pain rates do not differ much for males versus females, people with tetraplegia versus paraplegia, and people with complete versus incomplete injuries.

Volume 46 Number 1, 2009
   Pages 13 — 30

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