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Walking away from chronic low back pain

Can we predict which people are more likely to develop chronic symptoms? 

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Evaluating the way we assess permanent functional impairment of the spine

A systematic review to identify methods currently available for assessing permanent functional impairment (PFI) of the spine.

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OPAL: Occupational advice for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower Limb

A two phase research programme aiming to develop an occupational advice intervention that improves the return to work process for patients undergoing hip or knee replacement surgery.

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Current research

Community-based rehabilitation after knee arthroplasty

This study, led by the University of Oxford, is being carried out with patients undergoing total knee replacement who are considered at risk of poor outcome. The participants are randomised, with some receiving standard rehabilitation and others receiving community-based rehabilitation. The aim is to find out whether the community rehabilitation programme improves patient outcomes, its impact on physical function and quality of life, and the costs compared with standard rehabilitation.


Key Hole Spinal Surgery for the Treatment of Acute Sacral Insufficiency Fractures in Older People: A Randomised Controlled, Feasibility Study (ASSERT)

The aim of ASSERT is to undertake a preliminary study to help design a future trial to evaluate the clinical and cost-effectiveness of key-hole surgery for the treatment of sacral insufficiency fractures compared to current practice, non-surgical conservative treatment, in older people presenting to hospital with an acute Type 1 Lateral Compression Pelvic Fragility Fracture.

Completed research

A national survey of occupational therapy to identify practice for hip precautions following total hip replacement

Hip precautions are used to reduce the risk of hip dislocation following total hip replacement (THR) surgery. This involves not bending beyond 90% or twisting at the hip, and using specialist equipment such as raised toilet seats. Although these precautions are used nationally, it is not known whether this traditional regime is applicable to contemporary surgical techniques. The aim of this PhD project is to compare outcomes in patients who are observing hip precautions following elective THR with those who are not.



Rehabilitation Research Group

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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