EXPLORING THE PREVALENCE OF NEUROPATHIC HAND PAIN AMONG YOUNG ADULTS AND ITS IMPACT ON HAND FUNCTION

Authors

  • Mariam Abdelmonim Ameer Department of Biomechanics, College of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt
  • Syed Hasan Abbas Rizvi Principal, Associate Professor, LNSOP Liaquat National Hospital Karachi

Keywords:

Neurology, pain, young adults, disability, health-related quality of life, rehabilitation

Abstract

Background and Aims: To explore the prevalence of neuropathic hand pain in young adults and how it affects hand functionality.

Methodology: A convenience sampling was used to conduct a cross-sectional study on 192 medical students aged 18 to 28 years from October 2022 to March 2023. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of neuropathic hand pain in young adults and how it affects hand functionality. Both the Duruoz Hand Index and the Douleur Neuropathique Four Questionnaire were used.

Results: This study included 192 participants, the majority of whom were females (84%) and aged 20-24 years. 16.1% of participants reported having had surgery or an injury to their upper limb in the past. Participants described neuropathic pain symptoms such as electric shocks (21.4%), burning pain (18.2%), and painful cold (15.6%).

Limitations and Future Implications: A small sample size and a focus on a particular group of medical students may restrict the generalizability of the findings. To improve the generalizability of the findings, future research should replicate these findings using larger sample sizes and diverse populations. Insights into the development and chronicity of neuropathic hand pain in young adults may also come from longitudinal studies.

Conclusion: Our study demonstrates the prevalence of neuropathic hand pain in young adults and how it affects hand functionality. Female participants were more likely to experience pain and functional hand impairments.

Author Biography

Mariam Abdelmonim Ameer, Department of Biomechanics, College of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Egypt

 

 

 

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Published

2023-07-04

How to Cite

Ameer, M. A., & Rizvi, S. H. A. (2023). EXPLORING THE PREVALENCE OF NEUROPATHIC HAND PAIN AMONG YOUNG ADULTS AND ITS IMPACT ON HAND FUNCTION. Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation, 12(2), 60–66. Retrieved from http://ojs.zu.edu.pk/ojs/index.php/pjr/article/view/2324

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