Psychological and behavioral issues in the treatment of pain after spinal cord injury

S. T. Wegener, J. A. Haythornthwaite

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Spinal cord injury-related pain is associated with several psychosocial problems, including increased levels of depression, anxiety, fatigue, anger, familial/social difficulties, and general psychosocial impairment. Treatment is often inadequate; significant numbers of patients perceive a need for additional treatment or are dissatisfied with the treatments received. The understanding of pain as a multidimensional problem that requires a biopsychosocial perspective may lead to more comprehensive and effective treatment. Psychological and behavioral considerations in treatment planning are presented. Additional research is needed, but there are indications that cognitive-behavioral therapy may be useful in the treatment of SCI-related pain, and patients are willing to use these techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalTopics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001


  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Pain
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology


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