Injury Prevention and Management
Injuries are a leading cause of disability in adults of all ages. Injury to the ligaments, muscles, tendons and bones is very common. Health services invest substantial resources in management of injury as many require specialist interventions in the acute, recovery and rehabilitation phases. The loss of function after injury results in loss of capacity to work and maintain independent living, emphasising the social and economic importance of rehabilitation.
In older adults, the severity of trauma required for a significant fracture (broken bone) is lower due to poorer bone quality and higher risk of falls during activities of daily living. With shifting global demographics, prevention and management of fragility fractures in older adults is an area of growing importance.
Research being undertaken by the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in Oxford includes projects developing and comparing interventions for injuries that are common in a range of age groups, such as whiplash, ankle sprain and fracture, Achilles tendon rupture and fall prevention.
Projects of particular relevance to our injury prevention and management theme are shown below.