What is it about?
We found that 8 characteristics of osteoarthritis knee pain were related the central nervous system (brain or spinal cord). These characteristics were anxiety; depression; other painful areas; how one thinks about pain; how pain affects attention to a task; sleep disturbance; fatigue; and pain that feels tingly or electrical in nature.
Why is it important?
Through selecting 8 questions representing these characteristics we have created a new questionnaire to help identify people whose pain is driven by the central nervous system. Clinicians can use this questionnaire to help identify individuals whose central pain mechanisms play a significant role in driving pain. It will help determine whether current or new treatments that target central pain mechanisms, might improve a specific individual’s knee pain.
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This page is a summary of: Traits associated with central pain augmentation in the Knee Pain In the Community (KPIC) cohort, Pain, June 2018, Wolters Kluwer Health, DOI: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001183.
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