– Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK)

DOWNLOAD Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK) HERE

The (TSK) is a self-administered test developed to assess ‘fear of movement-related pain’ in patients with musculoskeletal pain (i.e., lower back pain). While this is not a Parkinson’s specific assessment, it is a relevant test for many who live with PD. (Elin Damsgård, 2007)

Items include:

  • I’m afraid that I might injure myself if I exercise
  • If I were to try to overcome it, my pain would increase
  • My body is telling me I have something dangerously wrong
  • My pain would probably be relieved if I were to exercise
  • People aren’t taking my medical condition seriously enough
  • My accident has put my body at risk for the rest of my life
  • Pain always means I have injured my body
  • Just because something aggravates my pain does not mean it is dangerous
  • I am afraid that I might injure myself accidentally
  • Simply being careful that I do not make any unnecessary movements is the safest thing I can do to prevent my pain from worsening
  • I wouldn’t have this much pain if there weren’t something potentially dangerous going on in my body
  • Although my condition is painful, I would be better off if I were physically active
  • Pain lets me know when to stop exercising so that I don’t injure myself
  • It’s really not safe for a person with a condition like mine to be physically active
  • I can’t do all the things normal people do because it’s too easy for me to get injured
  • Even though something is causing me a lot of pain, I don’t think it’s actually dangerous
  • No one should have to exercise when he/she is in pain (Elin Damsgård, 2007)