Chronic pain is a common complication of SCI. In particular, neuropathic pain (NeP), which results from a lesion or disease of the somatosensory nervous system related to the injury, develops in approximately 50% of SCI patients. The presence of NeP further compromises function and increases disability. SCI generally occurs in a population approaching middle age, with an average age at injury of 42.6 years, although recent studies indicate a trend toward a higher average age of newly injured persons and all persons who are currently alive with SCI. Spinal cord injury (SCI), defined as damage or trauma to the spinal cord resulting in loss or impairment of normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function, is one of the most costly chronic conditions.
A journal is a periodical publication intended to further progress of science, usually by reporting new research. Most journals are highly specialized, although some of the oldest journals publish articles, reviews, editorials, short communications, letters, and scientific papers across a wide range of scientific fields. Journals contain articles that peer reviewed, in an attempt to ensure that articles meet the journal's standards of quality, and scientific validity. Each such journal article becomes part of the permanent scientific record.
Last date updated on September, 2014