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March 24 2010

Chronic Pain and Risk of Falls in Older Adults

JAMA. 2010;303(12):1147-1149. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.323

To the Editor: In their prospective cohort study, Dr Leveille and colleagues1 described an association between chronic pain and risk of falls in older adults. They discussed several mechanisms that might explain this association, including “local joint pathology, neuromuscular effects of pain, and central mechanisms, whereby pain interferes with cognition or executive function.”

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