Model of Shoulder Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury

Development of a Model of Shoulder Pain Following Spinal Cord Injury

This study will investigate the progression of musculoskeletal (shoulder muscle flexibility, muscle strength, movement coordination, and rotator cuff health) and psychosocial (fear of movement, pain catastrophizing) impairments for the first year following SCI, starting with inpatient rehabilitation, at 6 months, and at 1 year following SCI. We will use the information obtained from this study information to develop a biopsychosocial prospective surveillance model, a method for early detection, intervention, and moderation of shoulder pain. Specifically, we will identify sources of biopsychosocial shoulder pain to establish effective physical and cognitive-behavioral treatment to prevent loss of function and independence in individuals with SCI who depend on their arms for activities of daily living, transfers, and wheelchair propulsion.

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Patients and healthy individuals accepted


Data for each participant in the SCI group will be collected at baseline, 6 months, and 1 year post injury; control group data will be collected at baseline and at the 1-year follow-up.

Development of a Biopsychosocial Prospective Surveillance Model of Shoulder Pain in Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury