The Pain Validity Test- A powerful tool for Attorneys in Personal Injury Litigation

The correct pain diagnosis leads to an increased recovery of 670%

A simple online questionnaire to validate chronic pain?

A team of physicians, primarily from Johns Hopkins Hospital and other institutions, have developed a questionnaire, focusing on the validity of the complaint of pain in patients with complaints of chronic pain. Patients are using pain as the reason to sue for PIP compensation. Therefore, a test which can determine if there is a valid, organic basis for the subjective complaint of pain would reduce any subjective errors and add a medical dimension to the evaluation.

Pain is like a flat tire

There are many causes for it. You can’t fix a problem until you know what causes it. The correct diagnosis leads to the correct treatment.

After your accident, does your client suffer from whiplash, low back, neck, leg, arm, shoulder, or knee pain? These are the injuries most often seen after an auto accident. Do you know that 40%-80% of the time whiplash, neck sprain and strain, and low back strain and strain are really something else according to research articles from former Johns Hopkins Hospital staff members?

Pain Facts:

  • Sprains and strains last only 7 days. After that, there is something else wrong.
  • MRIs miss damaged discs 78% of the time
  • X-rays miss damage to ligaments and tendons 98% of the time
  • CTs miss bone damage 56% of the time
  • Asking questions about the location of pain, and what makes it better or worse will give you a diagnosis which is more accurate than an MRI, X-ray or CT

The Pain Diagnostic Test

The Pain Diagnostic Test was originally designed to determine if a patient had a normal response to pain for pre-operative patient selection for the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It divides patients into objective pain patient and subjective or exaggerating pain patient categories. It was retrospectively derived by reviewing the answers to medical questions in patients who had documented organic pathology, proven by objective medical testing. There was a consistent pattern to the answers to the medical questions in patients with documented organic pathology, and likewise, there was a consistent pattern to the answers in patients in whom no organic pathology could be found. The questions were then asked in a group of patients prior to any medical testing, to see if the answers could predict the presence or absence of organic pathology on medical testing. In a series of multi-authored articles on 794 patients, using predictive analytics techniques, the Pain Validity Test could predict which patient would have medical test abnormalities with 94%-95% accuracy, and could predict which patients would not have any abnormalities with 85%-100% accuracy.

Take the Pain Diagnostic Test at It will take only 20 to 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Then 5 minutes later, you get a diagnosis which is the same as Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors 96% of the time.