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    The following is used with permission from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center.

    Web Sites
    Chronic Pain Support Group
    The Chronic Pain Support Group provides a safe, supportive online environment where people can meet others who live in chronic pain.
    Craig Hospital’s article on Aching Shoulders
    This site, run by Craig Hospital, asks -- and answers -- all the important questions about shoulder pain. From the home page, click on Spinal Cord Injury, then Health and Wellness. See Educational Brochures.
    Craig Hospital’s article on Upper Extremity Pain
    University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Pain Resources
    The Spinal Cord Injury Information Center features information on chronic pain and all other medical aspects of SCI paralysis.
    North American Chronic Pain Association (NACPAC)
    The North American Chronic Pain Association (NACPAC) is a Canadian association of self-help groups dedicated to providing support to people in chronic pain.
    National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain
    The National Foundation for the Treatment of Pain is a not-for-profit organization providing support for people with intractable pain, their families, friends and the physicians who treat them.
    American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA)
    The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) facilitates peer support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families so that these individuals may live more fully in spite of their pain.
    American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM)
    The American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM) is the largest multidisciplinary pain society and largest physician-based pain society in the United States. The Academy is a nonprofit multidisciplinary credentialing society providing credentialing to practitioners in the area of pain management. The Academy holds full voting membership in the National Organization of Competency Assurance.
    13947 Mono Way #A
    Sonora, CA 95370
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    National Chronic Pain Outreach Association
    The National Chronic Pain Outreach Association, Inc. (NCPOA) is a non-profit organization established in 1980. Its purpose is to lessen the suffering of people with chronic pain by educating pain sufferers, health care professionals, and the public about chronic pain and its management.
    Care Cure Community
    Welcome to the CareCure Community. Our forums provide the best and latest information on spinal cord injury care, caregiving, cure, funding, life, pain, sex, links, research, and trials. Register to post messages. Read our Forum Rules. Visit to read articles about spinal cord injury.
    International Association for the Study of Pain
    Welcome to IASP®. We are the largest multidisciplinary international association in the field of pain. Founded in 1973, IASP is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to furthering research on pain and improving the care of patients with pain. Membership in IASP is open to scientists, physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists, and other health professionals actively engaged in pain research and to those who have special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of pain. See for more links:
    American Pain Society
    The American Pain Society is a multidisciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts, and others. The mission of the American Pain Society is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice.
    Medtronic is the world leader in medical technology providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. Medtronic is a medical technology company, which provides therapeutic, diagnostic, and monitoring products for the cardiac rhythm management, other cardiovascular, and neurological markets.
    Pain Connection: Chronic Pain Outreach Center
    A non-profit which provides monthly support groups in the Maryland area, information, referrals, and community outreach as well as a newsletter called Pain Connection.

    University of Alabama at Birmingham’s InfoSheet # 10 Pain After Spinal Cord Injury

    University of Alabama at Birmingham’s newsletter Pushin’On Summer 2002 is devoted to pain issues. Readable online with Adobe.

    University of Alabama at Birmingham’s newsletter Research Review Spring 2001 “Pain After a Spinal Cord Injury” is readable online at:
    American Association on Health and Disability’s Health and Disability News, Summer 2004 article “Chronic Pain: An Emerging Public Health Issue”

    If you would like to take an alternative medicine approach, visit these sites:
    AARP’s Alternative Medicine Information
    Alternative Therapies for Physical Disability


    · Mayo Clinic on Chronic Pain. Rochester, MN: Mayo Clinic, 2002. 2nd ed.

    · Monga, Trilok N. , M.D. and Martin Grabois, M.D. Pain Management in Rehabilitation. New York, NY: Demos Medical Publishing, 2002.

    Includes chapters on pain in spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and polio.

    · Silver, Julie K. Chronic Pain And The Family: A New Guide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

    · Spinal Network: The Total Wheelchair Resource Book. Horsham, PA: No Limits Communications, 2002.

    See Chapter 2 p. 90-99 Chronic Pain

    · Wall, Patrick D. and Ronald Melzack. Textbook of Pain. 4th ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1999.

    · Willhoff, Jude. Living Well With Chronic Pain. Parker, CO: Thornton Publishing, 2004.

    · Yezierski, Robert P. and Kim J. Burchiel (editors). Spinal Cord Injury Pain: Assessment, Mechanisms, Management. Progress in Pain Research and Management Vol. 23. Seattle, Wash.: International Association for the Study of Pain, 2002.

    · Zejdlik, Cynthia Perry. Management of Spinal Cord Injury. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 1992.

    See Chapter 28 “Managing Pain”.


    · Joe’s Story: Fighting Pain. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities and Sciences. DVD or VHS.

    University of Washington’s article “Pain and Spinal Cord Injury: Causes and Treatments”

    Pain & SCI: Understanding Molecular Batteries. PN/Paraplegia News. January 2003 pp.10-13.

    Manual Therapy & Pain. PN/Paraplegia News April 2002 pp.23-24.

    Pain During Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation: Client Perspectives and Staff Attitudes. SCI Nursing Fall 2002 pp.125-131.

    Christensen, Susan. In Search of Relief. PN/Paraplegia News May 2004 pp.20-25.

    Neuropathic Pain: Treatment Options. PN/Paraplegia News May 2004 p. 56

    The information contained in this message is presented for the purpose of educating and informing you about paralysis and its effects. Nothing contained in this message should be construed nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Should you have any health care related questions, please call or see your physician or other qualified health care provider promptly. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this message.
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