Researchers develop new assessment tool for whiplash injury
Recover Program Leader, Professor Michele Sterling and her team, have developed an important new injury assessment tool called the Whiplash Clinical Prediction Rule (CPR). Recover Program Leader, Professor Michele Sterling and her team, have developed an important new injury assessment tool called the Whiplash Clinical Prediction Rule (CPR). The CPR will help to identify individuals who are at risk of poor recovery following whiplash injury.
“One of my goals has been to develop a uniform assessment process for musculoskeletal injury, particularly after whiplash injury,” said Professor Sterling. “Presently people can be assessed in an ad hoc fashion or aren’t assessed at all and this can be detrimental to their pain levels and recovery.”
The CPR will help clinicians and rehabilitation professionals plan a program of treatment for individuals.
Professor Sterling said, “It’s of clinical importance that clinicians and rehabilitation professionals are able to identify, from an early stage, the likelihood of poor recovery after whiplash injury. Identifying this will allow specialised treatment and early interventions.”
The new tool and other important rehabilitation tools developed by Recover Director, Professor Michael Sullivan, are available for use by health and rehabilitation professionals on the clinical section of the Recover website.