Pain: An Invisible Disability

Reprinted from PN May 2001

Add pain to spinal-cord injury, and the results can be devastating.

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Severe pain that does not go away is a problem for about one in three people with spinal-cord injury (SCI). It can interfere with the ability to carry out daily routinesand affect quality of life.

This article, excerpted from "Pain After a Spinal Cord Injury," Spinal Cord InjuryInfoSheet #10 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Spain Rehabilitation Center, discusses types of pain and several methods of treatment generally used. The authors conclude that you don't need to suffer. Help is available through a combination of medical and/or surgical techniques and changes in equipment.

If you can't find assistance, call the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (312) 464-9700. The staff can help you locate a local physician experienced in treating SCI pain.

The full-length article from which the above was taken appeared in the May issue of PN/Paraplegia News. The original article was published by Medical RRTC in Secondary Complications in SCI, Training Office, UABSpain Rehabilitation Center at / The latest Research Review InfoSheet on this subject will be available June 1. It explains current research related to types of pain after SCI. Topics include how pain is measured and classified, how it impacts lives, and the treatments studied. Copies will be available at, on the fax information system at (205) 975-8376, by calling (205) 934-3283, or from UAB RRTC in SCI, 619 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35249-7330.

"Chronic Pain Management" is the third booklet in a series addressing the prevention and management of secondary conditions of SCI. The publication discusses prevention, treatments, and techniques and provides references in an easy-to-read format. Funded by a grant from the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) Education and Training Foundation, this booklet is available for $2.50 from the Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas, Life Span Institute, 4089 Dole, Lawrence, KS 66034-2930. (913) 864-4095.


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