Biography

Dr Stynes holds a joint clinical academic post, working in clinical practice as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner and as a Research Fellow at Keele University.

She was awarded a HEE/NIHR ICA Clinical Lecturer in Physiotherapy fellowship (2020-2024) which includes developing and leading the POiSE cohort study: Predictors of Outcome in Sciatica patients following an Epidural steroid injection.

From 2012-2016 she held a NIHR/CNO Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship and completed her PhD in the diagnosis and classification of low back-related leg pain, alongside ongoing clinical practice and development.

She has a background in education and prior to moving to Keele University, was a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Brunel University (2003-2008) and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Research and scholarship

Dr Stynes’ research interests are in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions, in particular, spinal pain. She is currently leading a multi-centre longitudinal cohort study to determine prognostic factors for patients with sciatica having an epidural spinal injection (the POiSE study).

She co-led the First Contact Practitioner National Evaluation phase 3 (2018-2020), a mixed-method national evaluation of the Physiotherapy FCP model of care >>link

She contributes to teaching on the Research Methods masters module and the medical school undergraduate curriculum.

Further information

Professional body membership 

  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) 
  • Membership of Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists 
  • Advanced Physiotherapy Professional Network member (APPN) 

Research group membership 

  • Executive committee of SBPR (to serve 2018-2021) which promotes research into spinal pain
  • Musculoskeletal Health Faculty Research Theme group

Selected Publications

  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Hay EM, Dunn KM. 2018. Clinical diagnostic model for sciatica developed in primary care patients with low back-related leg pain. PLoS One, e0191852, vol. 13(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Hay EM, Dunn KM. 2018. Novel approach to characterising individuals with low back-related leg pain: cluster identification with latent class analysis and 12-month follow-up. Pain, 728-738, vol. 159(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Dunn KM, Lewis M, Hay EM. 2016. Reliability among clinicians diagnosing low back-related leg pain. Eur Spine J, 2734-2740, vol. 25(9). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Dunn KM. 2016. Classification of patients with low back-related leg pain: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 226, vol. 17. link> doi> full text>
  • Mansell G, Corp N, Wynne-Jones G, Hill J, Stynes S, van der Windt D. 2021. Self-reported prognostic factors in adults reporting neck or low back pain: An umbrella review. Eur J Pain. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications Listshow

Journal Articles

  • Mansell G, Corp N, Wynne-Jones G, Hill J, Stynes S, van der Windt D. 2021. Self-reported prognostic factors in adults reporting neck or low back pain: An umbrella review. Eur J Pain. link> doi> full text>
  • Hayward R and Stynes S. 2020. Self-efficacy as a prognostic factor and treatment moderator in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients attending pain management programmes: A systematic review. Musculoskeletal Care. link> doi>
  • Corp N, Mansell G, Stynes S, Wynne-Jones G, Morsø L, Hill JC, van der Windt DA. 2021. Evidence-based treatment recommendations for neck and low back pain across Europe: A systematic review of guidelines. Eur J Pain, 275-295, vol. 25(2). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S. 2020. Musculoskeletal pain phenotyping: Our end point should be clinical feasibility - A commentary to Meisingset et al. "Novel approach towards musculoskeletal phenotypes". European Journal of Pain, 1005-1006, vol. 24(6). link> doi> link>
  • Stynes S, Grøvle L, Haugen AJ, Konstantinou K, Grotle M. 2020. New insight to the characteristics and clinical course of clusters of patients with imaging confirmed disc-related sciatica. Eur J Pain, 171-181, vol. 24(1). link> doi> full text>
  • Ely S, Stynes S, Ogollah R, Foster NE, Konstantinou K. 2018. Factors associated with physiotherapists' preference for MRI in primary care patients with low back and leg pain. Musculoskelet Sci Pract, 46-52, vol. 38. link> doi>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Hay EM, Dunn KM. 2018. Clinical diagnostic model for sciatica developed in primary care patients with low back-related leg pain. PLoS One, e0191852, vol. 13(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Ogollah RO, Konstantinou K, Stynes S, Dunn KM. 2018. Determining One-Year Trajectories of Low-Back-Related Leg Pain in Primary Care Patients: Growth Mixture Modeling of a Prospective Cohort Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 1840-1848, vol. 70(12). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Hay EM, Dunn KM. 2018. Novel approach to characterising individuals with low back-related leg pain: cluster identification with latent class analysis and 12-month follow-up. Pain, 728-738, vol. 159(4). link> doi> full text>
  • Harrisson SA, Stynes S, Dunn KM, Foster NE, Konstantinou K. 2017. Neuropathic Pain in Low Back-Related Leg Pain Patients: What Is the Evidence of Prevalence, Characteristics, and Prognosis in Primary Care? A Systematic Review of the Literature. J Pain, 1295-1312, vol. 18(11). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Dunn KM, Lewis M, Hay EM. 2016. Reliability among clinicians diagnosing low back-related leg pain. Eur Spine J, 2734-2740, vol. 25(9). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Dunn KM. 2016. Classification of patients with low back-related leg pain: a systematic review. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 226, vol. 17. link> doi> full text>
  • Wood LR, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Stynes S, D'Cruz D, Mullis R, Whittle RL, Peat G, Foster NE. 2016. Impairment-targeted exercises for older adults with knee pain: a proof-of-principle study (TargET-Knee-Pain). BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol. 17(47). doi> full text>
  • Konstantinou K, Dunn KM, Ogollah R, Vogel S, Hay EM, ATLAS study research team. 2015. Characteristics of patients with low back and leg pain seeking treatment in primary care: baseline results from the ATLAS cohort study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 332, vol. 16. link> doi> full text>
  • Verhagen AP, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Burdorf A, Stynes SM, de Vet HCW, Koes BW. 2013. Conservative interventions for treating work-related complaints of the arm, neck or shoulder in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, CD008742. link> doi>
  • Konstantinou K, Beardmore R, Dunn KM, Lewis M, Hider SL, Sanders T, Jowett S, Somerville S, Stynes S, van der Windt DAWM, Vogel S, Hay EM. 2012. Clinical course, characteristics and prognostic indicators in patients presenting with back and leg pain in primary care. The ATLAS study protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord, 4, vol. 13. link> doi> full text>
  • Alexander C, Miley R, Stynes SM, Harrison P. 2007. Differential control of the scapulothoracic muscles in humans. The Journal of Physiology. doi> link>
  • Alexander CM, Stynes S, Thomas A, Lewis J, Harrison PJ. 2003. Does tape facilitate or inhibit the lower fibres of trapezius?. Man Ther, 37-41, vol. 8(1). link> doi>

Other

  • Sze JT, Packham JC, Konstantinou K, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Stynes S. 2019. THE PREVALENCE OF AXIAL INVOLVEMENT IN PSORIASIS OR PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 58). link>
  • Stynes SM, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Dunn K. 2018. Classification of low-back-related leg pain consulters using latent class analysis. Orthopaedic Proceedings.
  • Ely S, Stynes S, Ogollah R, Foster NE, Konstantinou K. 2017. Factors associated with physiotherapists’ preference for MRI in patients with back and leg pain. Physiotherapy (pp. e11-e12, vol. 103). Chartered Society of Physiotherapists. doi> link>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Lewis A, Hay E, Dunn K. 2016. Diagnosis of nerve root involvement in primary care consulters with low back-related leg pain. Manual Therapy (p. e38, vol. 25). Elsevier. doi>
  • Ogollah R, Dunn K, Stynes SM, Konstantinou K. 2016. One-year trajectories of low back related leg pain in primary care patients: Analysis using growth mixture modelling. Rheumatology (p. i81, vol. 55). Oxford University Press (OUP). doi>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Dunn KM, Lewis M, Hay EM. 2016. AGREEMENT AMONG THERAPISTS WHEN DIAGNOSING LOW BACK-RELATED LEG PAIN. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 113, vol. 55). link>
  • Stynes S, Konstantinou K, Ogollah R, Hay EM, Dunn KM. 2016. IDENTIFICATION OF NERVE ROOT INVOLVEMENT IN PRIMARY CARE CONSULTERS WITH LOW BACK-RELATED LEG PAIN: DIAGNOSTIC CLASSIFICATION USING ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 159, vol. 55). link>
  • Ogollah R, Dunn KM, Stynes S, Konstantinou K. 2016. ONE-YEAR TRAJECTORIES OF LOW BACK-RELATED LEG PAIN IN PRIMARY CARE PATIENTS: ANALYSIS USING GROWTH MIXTURE MODELLING. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 81, vol. 55). link>
  • Wood LRJ, Blagojevic-Bucknall M, Stynes S, D'Cruz D, Mullis R, Whittle R, Peat G, Foster NE. 2016. Impairment-targeted exercises for older adults with knee pain: a proof-of-principle study (TargET-Knee-Pain). BMC Musculoskelet Disord (p. 47, vol. 17). link> doi> full text>
  • Stynes S, Peat G, Myers H, Croft P. 2010. FUNCTIONAL IMPACT OF DIFFERENT PATTERNS OF SELECTED PERIPHERAL JOINT PAINS IN COMMUNITY-DWELLING ADULTS AGED 50 YEARS AND OVER. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. I140, vol. 49). link>
  • Alexander CM, Stynes SM, Harrison PJ. 2005. Descending control of human trapezius and serratus anterior muscles. Proceedings of The Physiological Society.
  • Alexander CM, Miley R, Stynes SM, Harrison P. 2005. H reflexes of the serratus anterior muscle. Proceedings of The Physiological Society.