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For People in Pain

Reprinted from PN October 2001

Are some people more likely to develop pain after SCI? Although some progress has been made, many areas need further research for effective treatment of this common problem.

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Studies suggest that 30-90% of people with SCI experience pain after injury. Finding a way to manage it is one of their most important research concerns, because pain can have a negative impact on many areas of a person's life.

John Putzke, Ph.D., is a research postdoctoral fellow in the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R). He has a background in clinical psychology with an emphasis on behavioral medicine and rehab. Linda Lindsey, M.Ed., is project coordinator, Office of Research Service, UAB Department of PM&R. Their article discusses pain predictors, criteria used to classify pain, drug treatments that have been useful in treating pain, and a pain-research study to be conducted at UAB.

Contact: UAB RRTC, 619 19th Street South, SRC 529, Birmingham, AL 35249-7330;

Spinal-cord Injury Information Network: www.spinalcord.uab.edu.

 

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