Within the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics, the pain lab is currently working on a collaboration with the NHS Royal Berkshire Hospital in relation to chronic pain patients. Over the past two years, we have been developing an assessment battery that quantifies an individualised pain profile across many facets of the "pain experience".
Based on very recent research, we are now working to adapt this research-based battery towards the clinical population and attempt to identify patients at high risk of developing chronic pain after a total knee replacement.
Currently approximately 20% of patients will go onto to develop post-surgical chronic pain, and if we can identify these patients before they undergo surgery, we may provide them with cognitive behavioural interventions to increase their resilience and help reduce this high chronicity rate.
by Richard Harrison (Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Integrative Neuroscience & Neurodynamics)