Severe Pain and SCI Location

Persons with SCI who complain of severe pain are more likely to have low spinal cord or cauda equina lesions (Botterell et al. 1953; Davis & Martin 1947; Nepomuceno et al. 1979; Ragnarsson 1997). Severe pain was noted in 10-15% of persons with quadriplegia; 25% of those with thoracic paraplegia and 42-51% of those with lesions of the cauda equina (Ragnarsson 1997).