Objective: To describe the pattern of diseases among patients attending the specialized pain clinic in our hospital, identify the commonest gender, age group, pain diagnosis, performed procedure, age group, gender, and evaluate the association of gender with the disease causing pain.
Study Design: A cross-sectional descriptive study.
Place and Duration of study: Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM), Rawalpindi from June 2011 to August 2013.
Material and Methods: Through non-probability consecutive, sampling patients of both genders presenting with pain in the specialized pain clinic of AFIRM were included. Those with poor cognition, inability to communicate and concurrent brain injury were excluded. The age, gender, primary diagnosis of the pain complaint and duration of symptomswere recorded.
Results: Out of 2736 patients (mean age 54 ± 12.34 years), 1711 (62.5%) were male and 1025 (37.5%) were female.Most of the patients were within the age range of 41- 60 years (55.3%) and presented with the diagnosis of osteoarthritis knee (32.7%). Majority (54.1%) had pain complaint on right side of the body.Intra-articular injections were the commonest 57.2 %(n=1566) procedures performed. Association between the disease causing pain and the gender was insignificant.
Conclusion: Patients presenting in the specialized pain clinic at our rehabilitation hospital were predominately male presenting in the age group of 41 – 60 years. Osteoarthritis knee was the commonest pain diagnosis and intra-articular injections were the commonest procedure performed. The different diagnoses of pain were not associated with the gender of the patient.
Pain clinic, Pain diagnosis, Pain procedures.