Does Pain and Fatigue Interfere in the Independence of People with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury?

Marcelo Andrés Gatti
2018 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - International  
Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the impact of pain and fatigue on activities of daily life in subjects with motor-incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI). Methods: This study included a sample of 74 subjects with motorincomplete SCI. The sample was divided in two groups according the level of pain in the visual analogue scale (VAS). Also, the sample was divided in two groups by the score of the fatigue severity scale (FSS). We compared the functional independence measurement (FIM)
more » ... e measurement (FIM) median values between the groups. Results: Significant fatigue was reported in 22 participants (30%), who present a median FIM motor score of 80. Fifty two subjects (70%) did not report fatigue, with a median score of 83. There were no significant differences found among the groups in the FIM motor score (p 0.874). Significant pain was reported in 25 participants (34%), who present a median FIM motor score of 80. Forty nine subjects (66%) did not report pain, with a median score of 83. There were no significant differences found among the groups in the FIM motor score (p 0.363). Conclusion: Pain and fatigue are relatively prevalent symptoms in subjects with motor incomplete SCI; however, these symptoms did not interfere with our participant's ability to perform activities of daily living independently.
doi:10.26420/physmedrehabilint.2018.1150 fatcat:d2korrgpzrburam3mxdqwtn42i