oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Initial experience in a special pain clinic in Nigeria

Volume 39, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The first 100 patients seen in a Pain Clinic in Nigeria are analyzed and presented. There were 53 males and 45 females aged between 11 and 65 years (means 41.3 years). A variety of ailments brought the patients to the clinic, but arthritis, back pain and spasmodic torticollis were the commonest. Methods of treatment which included acupuncture, transcutaneous nerve stimulation and trigger point injections, depended on the facilities available, the level of intelligence and economic status of the patient, particularly with regard to the use of the transcutaneous nerve stimulator. Satisfactory results were obtained in patients with spasmodic torticollis (100 percent), and poor results in post herpetic neuralgia, thalamic syndrome and generalized body pain (30 percent). Despite some early teething problems such as lack of clinic space, trained staff and equipment for the clinic, pain clinics, which are in their early stages of development in Nigeria, appear to have good prospects as an essential part of health care even in a developing country like Nigeria.

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