Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

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Michelle Hall

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences


  • workRoom B78 Division of Physiotherapy Education, Clinical Sciences Building
    Nottingham City Hospital
    Hucknall Road
    NG5 1PB
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I graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1994 and worked clinically in the field of Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Rheumatology for 7 years. In 2002, I joined the University of Nottingham as a lecturer, delivering and teaching modules on the BSc Physiotherapy course and was also responsible for the delivery of the clinical component of the course. I completed my MSc at the University of Nottingham in 2004.

In 2009, I was awarded a prestigious Allied Health Professionals Fellowship by Arthritis Research UK . My PhD was an epidemiological study investigating the associations between knee pain, radiographic severity and ultrasound features in a community population. As part of my Fellowship I undertook an intensive course in Applied Epidemiology in 2010 at the University of Aberdeen.

Since completing my PhD, I have returned my role as a lecturer in the Division of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Sciences. I deliver undergraduate teaching on the subjects of evidence-based practice, musculoskeletal disease and disorders, and physical activity and health, as well as supervising MSc students and PhD students.

I collaborate closely with the Division of Academic Rheumatology and the Versus Arthritis Pain Centre at the University of Nottingham on a number of research projects. I am a co-investigator on an NIHR BRC project developing a complex nurse-led treatment package for knee pain.

Expertise Summary

Osteoarthritis remains my condition of interest in terms of research, though I have an appreciation for a wide range of musculoskeletal and chronic pain conditions. I am particularly interested the use of exercise, physical activity and lifestyle interventions for these conditions.

I have experience in a range of quantitative research study designs including epidemiology studies (cohort and case-control studies), feasibility studies and RCTs.

My teaching expertise includes the management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, physical activity for health and evidence-based practice.

Teaching Summary

Module convenor for the following modules on the BSc Hons Physiotherapy and BSc Sport Rehabilitation

  • Developing evidence- based practice
  • Physical Activity & Health
  • Rheumatology

Teaching contributions to the BSc Physiotherapy

  • Sports Medicine & Sports Injuries (Epidemiology
  • Long-term & Complex Conditions
  • Personal & Professional Development

Teaching contribution to the MSc Physiotherapy

  • Advancing Neuromusculoskeletal Practice

Research Summary

Current research projects include:

Developing and evaluating the feasibility of a nurse-led complex package of care for knee pain. Funded by Nottingham NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (Musculoskeletal Theme).

Does abnormal gait and poor lower limb function predict pain worsening after 1 year In people with early knee pain? Secondary analysis from the KPIC Cohort study

Influence of peripheral and central pain mechanisms on quadriceps strength in people with knee pain? Secondary analysis from the KPIC Cohort study

Current PhD Student Projects

Relative efficacy of different types of exercises in the treatment of knee and hip osteoarthritis: A network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Completed 2019

Development of an individualised non-pharmacological treatment package for Fibromyalgia

Evaluation of the acceptability, fidelity and feasibility of a nurse led non-pharmacologic complex package of care for knee pain.​​​​​​

Development of an individualised exercise package for Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis.

Development of a contextual enhancement package for physiotherapy management of osteoarthritis

Selected Publications

External funding bodies:

I have peer reviewed for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): HTA and RfPB programmes

Peer reviewer for Journals:

  • Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
  • Arthritis Care & Research
  • Rheumatology
  • Pain Research & Management
  • Clinical Biomechanics
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Clinical Medicine Reviews in Therapeutics


  • Reviewer for NIHR Dissemination Centre
  • Abstract reviewer for Physiotherapy UK Conference

Past Research

Knee pain and related health in the community (KPIC): a cohort study. Funded by Arthritis research Pain Centre & Arthritis Research UK Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis

Acceptability of a Mindfulness Intervention for people with OA related knee pain. Funded by Nottingham University Hospital Charity.

Ultrasound features of inflammation and their relationship with knee pain and radiographic knee OA. Funded by Arthritis Research UK

Ultrasound features of inflammation following an intra-articular injection of corticosteroid and a placebo in symptomatic OA knees. Funded by Arthritis Research UK

Impact of knee pain and radiographic osteoarthritis (OA) on balance, knee joint proprioception, strength and function in the over 45's.

Management of 1st time patellar dislocations

Future Research

Development of a nurse-led package of care for Fibromyalgia

Enhancing contextual response for Physiotherapy interventions

Physical activity in patients following total hip and knee replacements

Development of a novel physiotherapy protocol using Entonox for pain relief following manipulation under anesthetic for stiff knees

Pain Centre Versus Arthritis

Clinical Sciences Building
City Hospital
Nottingham, NG5 1PB

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