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Evaluation of pain threshold using a simple pressure algometer

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Pain threshold was measured using a simple pressure algometer in 190 subjects. The measurement had a highly acceptable intra-observer error. Significantly lower pain thresholds were observed in all of the five areas of the body studied in females. The most sensitive area was the forehead. There was a higher pain threshold in the dominant hand. Anxiety and fear of pain significantly reduced the threshold.

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Buchanan, H.M., Midgley, J.A. Evaluation of pain threshold using a simple pressure algometer. Clin Rheumatol 6, 510–517 (1987).

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