A recently published clinical study indicates that, if you’re suffering with persistent pain, the best method to determine whether you’ll respond favorably to treatment within 6 months is to perform a normal work-up and combine the work-up with three questions. According to study, the questions proved to have predictive value.
The questions are as follows:
-When was the last time you were free of pain for a month or more?
-In the last month, has this pain interfered with your daily activities?
-Have you had pain anywhere else in the last month?
The use of these simple questions on pain represents a way to determine how long it may take to begin reducing the amount of pain that you’re experiencing.
Mallen C, et al “Point-of-care prognosis for common musculoskeletal pain in older adults” JAMA Intern Med 2013; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.962
Dr. Rudy Cartwright
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