Post stroke shoulder pain: More common than previously realized

Giles E. Gamble, Elisa Barberan, David Bowsher, Pippa J. Tyrrell, Anthony Jones

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    Stroke is a common disease often requiring rehabilitation, which may be prolonged by shoulder pain. The true incidence of post stroke shoulder pain has not been fully evaluated. In order to establish this, we undertook a prospective study of 123 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of acute stroke during a 6-month period. Patients were assessed by interview, full rheumatological and neurological examination, 14 days post stroke, for a history of shoulder pain according to predetermined criteria. In addition, Barthel Index, HAD score and pain scores were also recorded. Twenty-five percent of patients developed shoulder pain within 2 weeks of their stroke. There was a statistically significant association with ipsilateral sensory impairment (p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)313-315
    Number of pages2
    JournalEuropean Journal of Pain
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2000


    • Neurological examination
    • Sensory deficit
    • Shoulder pain
    • Stroke


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