Why do people keep hurting their back: A longitudinal study of biological, psychological and social predictors (2010–2014)
We aim to identify why people continue to suffer episodes of back pain. If we can identify factors that predict the course of back pain we can target treatments to the right people to reduce the burden of this common condition. We will follow people for a year after an acute episode. We will measure novel issues like control of trunk muscles, inflammatory response, and how the nervous system deals with pain. We will also investigate how these factors interact with social and psychological issues.