Webinar overview: Consistent international data indicate that up to 50% of people will not have recovered one year post-whiplash injury. Whilst there is variability in recovery pathways, recent exploration using trajectory modelling analytical techniques has identified distinct recovery pathways (trajectories). Various physical and psychological factors have also been identified as being prognostic of poor health outcomes following whiplash injury, including initial pain intensity, initial disability, pain catastrophizing, post-traumatic stress symptoms, recovery expectations and signs of central sensitisation. Whilst the question of how to prevent the transition from acute to chronic pain after whiplash injury cannot yet be answered, this presentation will outline and discuss possible ways forward for the management of this condition.
Presenter: Michele Sterling is Professor in the School of Allied Health, Director of NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Road Traffic Injury, and Associate Director of the CONROD all at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University. She is also Adjunct Professor, Centre of Advanced Imaging, The University of Qld, holds a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship, is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Michele’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the development of chronic pain following injury; developing predictive models and clinical algorithms for outcome after whiplash injury and new and innovative interventions for musculoskeletal injury and pain. Michele’s research team aim to conduct research that is highly relevant and transferable to clinical practice. She has received over $13M in competitive research funding and has published over 120 scientific papers and book chapters as well as three books in the areas of whiplash injury and musculoskeletal pain. Michele is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Australian Pain Society and is a past member of the Scientific Committee of the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Audience: Health professionals of various disciplines across the musculoskeletal health and other sectors
N.B. This webinar is supported by TAC and WorkSafe Victoria and is accredited as a ‘Category 2’ activity with the RACGP