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Tampa Scale for Kinesi­ophobia

Introd­uction

Kinesi­ophobia is an excessive, irrational and debili­tating fear of physical movement and activity resulting from a feeling of vulner­ability to painful injury or re-injury. The Tampa Scale for kinesi­ophobia (TSK) is a patien­t-r­eported outcome (PRO) measure designed to help identify kinesi­oph­obia. The original version of the TSK had 17 items. A 13-item version was later found to have better psycho­metric properties and was used in the present study. Although the TSK-13 has been widely studied, one shortc­oming is the lack of clinically meaningful score catego­ries. The objective of the present study was to develop severity levels to help aid clinical interp­ret­ation of TSK-13 scores
Reprinted from: Pain, Fear of moveme­nt/(re) injury in chronic low back pain and its relation to behavioral perfor­mance, 62, Vlaeyen, J., Kole-S­nijders A., Boeren R., van Eek H., 371. Copyright (1995) with permission from Intern­ational Associ­ation for the Study of Pain.
 

Assessment

Ques­tion
Score
1. I’m afraid that I might injury myself if I exercise
[____]
2. If I were to try to overcome it, my pain would increase
[____]
3. My body is telling me I have something danger­ously wrong
[____]
4. My pain would probably be relieved if I were to exercise
[____]
5. People aren’t taking my medical condition seriously enough
[____]
6. My accident has put my body at risk for the rest of my life
[____]
7. Pain always means I have injured my body
[____]
8. Just because something aggravates my pain does not mean it is dangerous
[____]
9. I am afraid that I might injure myself accide­ntally
[____]
10. Simply being careful that I do not make any unnece­ssary movements is the safest thing I can do to prevent my pain from worsening
[____]
11. I wouldn’t have this much pain if there weren’t something potent­ially dangerous going on in my body
[____]
12. Although my condition is painful, I would be better off if I were physically active
[____]
13. Pain lets me know when to stop exercising so that I don’t injure myself
[____]
14. It’s really not safe for a person with a condition like mine to be physically active
[____]
15. I can’t do all the things normal people do because it’s too easy for me to get injured
[____]
16. Even though something is causing me a lot of pain, I don’t think it’s actually dangerous
[____]
17. No one should have to exercise when he/she is in pain
[____]
Total
[____]
Scores: 1 = strongly disagree 2 = disagree 3 = agree 4 = strongly agree
A total score is calculated after inversion of the individual scores of items 4, 8, 12 and 16.

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