DİLEK YILMAZ1, GÜRKAN TÜRKER2, ALİYE ÖZTÜRK3, YURDANUR DİKMEN4
1Bursa Uludağ University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Bursa, Turkey - 2Bursa Uludağ University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Bursa, Turkey - 3Bursa Uludağ University Hospital, Department of Algology, Bursa, Turkey - 4Sakarya University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, Sakarya, Turkey
Introduction: The aim of this study is to determine the threshold levels of pressure pain in individuals with chronic pain and
to investigate the correlation between the different variables.
Materials and methods: The research sample consisted of 60 adult patients who were attending the algology outpatients’
clinic, and who had complaints of chronic pain with a duration of at least six months relating to the musculoskeletal system. Before measuring the patients’ pressure pain thresholds, they were asked to mark their severity of pain, taking into account their general pain when in motion. Later, an algometer was used to take measurements of the pressure pain threshold in the mid del- toid, mid ulna, hypothenar eminence, mid tibia, and quadriceps femoris regions.
Results: Results of statistical analysis showed no significant difference between the mean regional pressure pain thresholds of patients according to illness group (P > 0.05), but did show a significant difference between the mean regional pressure pain thresholds of male and female patients (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: It was concluded in this study that there was no difference between groups of patients with complaints of chronic pain relating to different musculoskeletal diseases and regional pressure pain threshold levels, that the factor of gender affected the regional pressure pain threshold level.
baseline algometry, chronic pain, pressure pain threshold, musculoskeletal diseases.