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A Novel Non-drug Treatment for Chronic Pain in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

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Do you or someone you know suffer from chronic pain after a spinal cord injury? Researchers at the University of Washington are starting a new research study for chronic pain after spinal cord injury. Please see the details below for more about this study and how to participate.


Chronic pain affects many people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and  can be musculoskeletal, neuropathic, or associated with spasms. Medications help, but rarely cure chronic pain. New research suggests that training in self-hypnosis plus cognitive therapy (HCT) can reduce chronic SCI-related pain. Self-hypnosis is a skill people can learn to enter a state of relaxed alertness and openness to suggestion. Cognitive therapy involves changing how the brain processes pain by changing thoughts about pain. Now we want to find out if people can learn HCT from a therapist via telephone calls and if they experience significant pain relief. If telephone-based HCT works, more people with SCI could benefit from this therapy. This is research study, so half of the participants will be randomly assigned to HCT and half to usual care. ALL participants will be asked to complete outcome assessments. No in-person visits are needed. Participants earn up to $60 for completing assessments.

You may be eligible for this study if you: 1) are at least 18 years old, 2) have been diagnosed and treated for SCI, 3) have chronic pain related to your SCI, 4) are able to read, speak, and understand English; and 5) have access to a phone.

Contact us at 206-221-5688 or [email protected] for more information. If you choose to send an email, the University of Washington cannot guarantee confidentiality of the email.


  • PamelaParker
    PamelaParker Member Posts: 15
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    Chronic pain is common in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. Principles of treatment for neuropathic pain in SCI patients are similar to those in non-SCI patients. Nociceptive is the most common and can be due to the initial trauma, muscle and joint overuse, for example, upper limbs and wheelchair use. A drug history (addictionrehabcenters.com) will reveal what medications they may have tried and failed to control the pain, along with their other medications which could contribute to pain or mood.