Influence of mobility restrictions on post-stroke pain

Pelin Atalan (Coresponding Author), Guna Bērziņa, Katharina S. Sunnerhagen

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Objectives: The objective of this study was to investigate the role of mobility limitations and vitality, as well as additional factors such as comorbidities, to predict post-stroke pain. Materials & Methods: This study included cross-sectional data from 214 participants living in varied settings in different parts of Sweden. Participants were asked to complete the Stroke Impact Scale, Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36, and Self-administered Comorbidity Questionnaire to evaluate mobility, vitality, comorbidities, and pain. Descriptive statistics were used for demographic and clinical characteristics. Binary logistic regression analysis was performed to predict the pain domain score on Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36. Results: The mean age of all participants in the sample was 66 years (SD 14); 43.4% of the study population were women. After analyses, “standing without losing balance and vitality’’ were found to be significant predictors in the model which explained the pain score on Medical Outcomes Study Short Form 36. Conclusions: In conclusion, the results suggest that restrictions in mobility and low vitality have an important role on the occurrence of post-stroke pain. Having post-stroke pain could be due to not able to stand without losing balance and low vitality. Thus, rehabilitation professionals may consider the importance of these factors, especially mobility restrictions, in preventing post-stroke pain.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere02092
Number of pages8
JournalBrain and Behavior
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Comorbidity
  • Mobility
  • Pain
  • Stroke
  • Vitality

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences
  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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