Evaluation of the sphygmomanometer test to assess pain sensitivity in chronic pain

Takeaway

  • The sphygmomanometer test (ST) shows potential as an objective assessor of pain sensitivity independent of biopsychosocial status; however, multiple tests assessing various sensory modalities are needed for reliable evaluation of pain sensitivity in chronic pain patients.

Why this matters

  • A novel ST (measures nociceptive responses to pressure using a standard blood pressure cuff) has been recently established to tackle the inherent difficulties in obtaining objective pain sensitivity measurements in primary care settings.

  • The ST test is a simple measure that could be incorporated easily into primary care alongside other relevant modalities to improve objective assessment of chronic pain.