Brief research reportsPain management following new and long-standing spinal cord injury: a pilot study of changes in pain intensity experienced during the dayFrank, Andrew O.; Gawronski, Jan; Spyridonis, Fotios; Ghinea, GheorghitaAuthor Information aSchool of Health Science and Social Care bSchool of Information Systems, Computing and Mathematics, Brunel University, Uxbridge cLondon Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK Correspondence to Andrew O. Frank, FRCP, Mary Seacole Building, School of Health Science and Social Care, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK Tel/fax: +44 1895 269853; e-mail: email@example.com Received April 25, 2013 Accepted June 15, 2013 International Journal of Rehabilitation Research: December 2013 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 379-382 doi: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e3283646b74 Buy Metrics Abstract The aim of the study was to examine variations in pain intensity during the day experienced by patients with spinal cord injury. Fourteen consecutive patients had clinical and demographic data recorded. Pain intensity was recorded using a Graphic Rating Scale (GRS) at 2–3-h intervals. Patients were grouped according to maximum GRS into mild and severe groups at assessment (T0). Changes of one-third in GRS were deemed clinically significant. Eight men and six women (mean age 53.1; SD 16.5; range 28–75) were studied. Seven patients with mild pain tended to deteriorate and those with severe pain to improve. Eight patients demonstrated clinically significant changes. These findings suggest inadequate pain control early morning for one group and increasing pain during the day for another. Use of such simple scores over time would enhance pain rehabilitation for all spinal cord injury patients. Usual GRS reporting may mask clinically significant, treatable, changes in pain. Copyright © 2013 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.