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. 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. significantly higher HRU and medical expenditures were observed among SCI-NeP patients relative to SCI patients without NeP, with an estimated incremental cost in the year following NeP onset of $6,808 per SCI-NeP patient.
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Last date updated on September, 2014