Chronic forearm pain presents as a transient and indistinct pain site in a community setting : results from a UK population survey
Carnes, Dawn, Ashby, Deborah, Parsons, Suzanne and Underwood, M. (Martin) M.D.. (2008) Chronic forearm pain presents as a transient and indistinct pain site in a community setting : results from a UK population survey. Family Practice, Vol.25 (No.3). pp. 197-201. ISSN 0263-2136Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fampra/cmn027
Objectives. To investigate the prevalence of chronic forearm pain in a non-occupational community setting over a 2-year period.
Method. A longitudinal community-based postal questionnaire survey conducted in the south-eastern quadrant of England.
Results. We received 2493/4172 (60%) responses at baseline and we followed up 429 of these 2 years later: 252 responded (59%). Forearm pain prevalence was 4% at baseline and 5% at follow-up. Over 95% of those with forearm pain had pain in other areas [odds ratio 1.5 (95% confidence interval 1.3–1.7)] and it was most commonly associated with elbow and wrist pain. Seventy-six per cent of those with forearm pain at baseline recovered. At follow-up, 78% of those with chronic forearm pain had new-onset forearm pain.
Conclusions. Persistent forearm pain (pain for over 2 years) was rare and the capacity for recovery was good (76%). Isolated forearm pain as a diagnostic category is of little utility. Treating and managing forearm pain in a site-specific manner is unlikely to be successful owing to its strong association with pain in other areas. In the community, forearm pain laterality was not evident; our findings suggest that forearm pain in the workplace is influenced by different factors to those in a community setting.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > R Medicine (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Chronic pain, Health surveys -- Great Britain, Social surveys -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Family Practice|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Official Date:||June 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 197-201|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Arthritis Research UK, Assurance Medical Society UK, Barts and The London Joint Research Board (BLJRB)|
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