The paper "Association between Patients with Spatial Neglect after Stroke and Their Shoulder Pain" is an outstanding example of a finance and accounting article. Research indicates shoulder pain in post-stroke patients often results in disrupting the rehabilitation program and causing mental and physical discomfort to the patient (English, Hillier, Stiller & Warden-Flood, 2007). Further, shoulder pain may result in serious disabilities such as paralysis and spasticity and therefore, should be given due importance (Lindgren, Jonsson, Norrving & Lindgren, 2007), however, it is interesting to note that assessment of shoulder pain in post-stroke patients has not been evaluated definitively, especially in patients with spatial neglect. It is often found to be difficult and time-consuming to identify the cause or nature of shoulder pain in post-stroke patients.
Therefore, most physicians attribute shoulder pain to lack of movement (Turner-Stokes & Jackson, 2002; Lo et al. , 2003), long-term hospitalisation (Roy, Sands, & Hill, 1994) or even depression (Gamble et al. , 2000). However, the diagnosis may become complicated in case the patient suffers from behavioural syndrome of spatial neglect, which makes it difficult for the patient to express his or her problems properly to the physician.
Spatial neglect will lead to the patient’ s inability to report shoulder pain, which if left untreated may result in permanent disabilities (Turner-Stokes & Jackson, 2002). Thus, the serious implication of the behavioural syndrome on the general wellness of the patient emphasises the importance of conducting this study to find out the between post-stroke patients with shoulder pain and spatial neglect. Further, secondary research has revealed that minimal studies have been conducted so far to establish the link between shoulder pain and spatial neglect. Although there have been various studies on shoulder pain in patients with hemiplegia (Wanklyn, 1996) and the general cause of shoulder pain in post-stroke patients, not many studies have been found that focused on shoulder pain in post-stroke patients with spatial neglect.
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