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doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181ccbabb
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The Prevalence, Distribution, and Effect of Pain Among Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy

Doralp, Samantha MSc; Bartlett, Doreen J. PT, PhD

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Purpose: To describe the prevalence, distribution, and intensity of pain and determine the relationship between pain intensity and effect on daily activities in adolescents with cerebral palsy.

Methods: A sample of 104 girls and 126 boys, mean ages 14.7 (SD = 1.7) and 14.8 (SD = 1.7) years, were asked “Have you experienced physical pain in the past month?”

Results: Sixty-four percent of girls and 50% of boys reported pain. Pain was most frequent in the feet and ankles, knees, and lower back of girls and boys at Gross Motor Function Classification System levels I to IV. Foot and ankle and knee pain were also frequent at level V. The Spearman rho value between intensity and effect on daily activities was 0.75 (p < 0.01) and 0.82 (p < 0.01) for girls and boys.

Conclusions: The high prevalence of pain and its effect on daily activities suggests a need for greater focus on health promotion.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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