This is a part of the Hot Topic podcast series from the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center on Managing Pain After Spinal Cord Injury. Robert Irwin, M.D., Associate Professor, discusses Predicting Pain to Head it Off.

We do have some data that tendons of people with spinal cord injuries tend to be a little different. Different in size, different in texture and we don’t know if this is a result of the chronic use or something that they had to begin with. So what we are hoping with this study is that we can find whether this is something that pre-existed their injury by checking them immediately after their injury or if it’s just something from the use I do think that the protocol that we have is going to be able to give us some information on this and I do think maybe not immediately but over the next five years we will be able to come up with some way of saying you’re at risk of a problem let’s adapt things for you so you can better function without pain.

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