Pain is an expected and often appropriate experience that usually follows traumatic injury. By contrast, chronic pain and disability are unhelpful and common sequelae of trauma-related injuries. Gaining an understanding of why some people develop chronic and disabling post-traumatic pain is therefore a priority for individual patients, the military and society at large. Notwithstanding, the mechanisms that underlie the transition from acute to chronic disabling post-traumatic pain are not fully understood. Such knowledge would facilitate the development and implementation of a clinical pathway of care that matches interventions to projected risk of poor recovery, with the aim of preventing poor long-term outcomes. The planned project stems from advances in knowledge relating to the assessment and management of pain, and the quantification of potential predictive factors to inform personalised rehabilitation; identifying which patients to target with rehabilitation and when and how to target them.
The aim of the Trauma Pain study is to identify a set of predictive factors that can identify patients at risk of developing ongoing, post-traumatic pain and disability following acute musculoskeletal trauma.
Prof Deborah Falla