Pain in the back and neck leads to impaired memory and powers of concentration. Moreover, such pain hastens mental aging. This has been shown by Stefan Söderfjell in a new dissertation at Umeå University in Sweden.
People in pain often experience difficulty in concentrating, solving problems, and remembering things. Umeå researcher Stefan Söderfjell has now shown in his doctoral dissertation that people in pain actually do have these problems with their so-called cognitive functions.
In a series of cognitive tests, mainly for memory, results were compared between people with and without pain in their arms, shoulders, neck, and back. Some one thousand individuals from Umeå aged 35–80 took part in the tests. The results show that people experiencing physical pain have a lower capacity to remember than people without pain. The normal loss of memory capacity that comes with aging is also more palpable among people in pain.
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