Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pain and Cerebral Palsy

Pain Medicine published research on age related changes of pain experiences in individuals with cerebral palsy. Pain, touch sensitivity and quality of life was evaluated in 86 individuals with cerebral palsy compared to 115 healthy volunteers. The subjects were grouped by age: 6-10 years, 11-17 years and 18-30 years old. The results indicated that the individuals with cerebral palsy experienced more pain, reduced touch sensitivity and reduced quality of life compared to healthy volunteers. For the individuals with cerebral palsy age did not influence the results whereas with the healthy volunteers, pain, touch sensitivity and quality of life where influenced by age. In addition, age was the best predictor of current pain intensity in healthy subjects but that was not the case in the individuals with cerebral palsy. The researchers conclude that it is important to consider the pain levels of individuals with cerebral palsy even at an early age.

Reference: Riquelme, I., Cifre, I. and Montoya, P. (2011), Age-Related Changes of Pain Experience in Cerebral Palsy and Healthy Individuals. Pain Medicine, 12: no. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01094.x

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