Identifying risk factors for pain

Takeaway

  • Modifiable factors such as fatigue, lack of energy, vigorous exercising, and excess weight are associated with an increased risk of pain.

Why this matters

  • Recent studies from the USA suggest that the prevalence of pain has increased over recent decades.

  • A thorough understanding of the predictors of pain will be needed to combat the pain epidemic and prevent pain-related consequences such as opioid overuse, disability, and reductions in quality of life and employment rates.