Pain management strategies among persons with long-term shoulder pain after stroke – a qualitative study.
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Lindgren I Brogårdh C Gard G.
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OBJECTIVE: To explore strategies that persons with persistent shoulder pain after stroke use to manage their pain in daily life.DESIGN: A qualitative study using semi-structured face-to-face interviews, analysed by content analysis.SETTING: A university hospital.SUBJECTS: Thirteen community-dwelling persons (six women; median age: 65 years; range 57-77) with shoulder pain after stroke were interviewed median two years after the pain onset.RESULTS: An overall theme ‘Managing shoulder pain by adopting various practical and cognitive strategies’ emerged from the analysis. Three categories were identified: (1) practical modifications to solve daily life problems; (2) changed movement patterns and specific actions to mitigate the pain, by non-painful movements, avoidance of pain-provoking activities and various pain distracting activities and (3) learned how to deal with the pain mentally. Several strategies were used simultaneously and they were experienced successful to various degrees.CONCLUSION: The findings in the present study indicate that persons with persistent shoulder pain after stroke use both practical and cognitive strategies to manage their pain.
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