West Orange, New Jersey 07052


Chronic pain (pain that is that is present for a long period of time) is very common among people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Unfortunately, chronic pain is very difficult to treat. Many treatments reduce chronic pain only partially. As a result, many people with SCI must find ways of accomplishing daily activities even though they have pain. The purpose of this research study is to determine how well two different kinds of education programs reduce the extent to which chronic pain interferes with daily life and well-being.

Study summary:

Pain is a highly prevalent and disabling condition among persons with spinal cord injury (SCI). Unfortunately, current pain treatments offer incomplete relief, produce side effects, and/or involve significant cost. Low-risk, low-cost treatments capable of addressing residual pain and pain-related disability are greatly needed. A number of research studies have associated educational interventions with improvements in pain-related outcomes. The overall goal of the proposed pilot study is to evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and potential benefits of two types of educational programs for people with chronic pain and spinal cord injury. This study aims to identify a low-cost, low-risk treatment option that empowers people with pain and SCI to improve their functioning and quality of life.


Inclusion Criteria: - Spinal cord injury for at least one year - Chronic pain for at least three months that is moderate to severe (rated at or above 4/10 on a scale of 0 to 10 where 0 = "no pain" and 10 = "pain as bad as you can imagine") - Fluent in English - Not currently starting a new pain treatment or changing a previous pain treatment Exclusion Criteria: - Cancer or conditions that may worsen over time (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson Disease, Alzheimer's disease) and may affect my physical or mental functioning - Significant difficulties with learning or memory - Previous participation in a health and function education program specifically designed for people with chronic pain and SCI - Inability to understand English - Presence of other conditions not related to SCI that cause pain (such as fibromyalgia)



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Jeanne M Zanca, PhD, MPT
Kessler Foundation

Jeanne M Zanca, PhD, MPT
Phone: 973-324-3558
Email: jzanca@kesslerfoundation.org

Backup Contact:


Location Contact:

West Orange, New Jersey 07052
United States

Jeanne M Zanca, PhD, MPT
Phone: 973-324-3558
Email: jzanca@kesslerfoundation.org

Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: January 21, 2020

Modifications to this listing: Only selected fields are shown, please use the link below to view all information about this clinical trial.

Click to view Full Listing

If you would like to be contacted by the clinical trial representative please fill out the form below.