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.
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
Full Publications Listshow
THE PREVALENCE OF AXIAL INVOLVEMENT IN PSORIASIS OR PSORIATIC ARTHRITIS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS. RHEUMATOLOGY (vol. 58). link>2019.
Classification of low-back-related leg pain consulters using latent class analysis. Orthopaedic Proceedings.2018.
Diagnosis of nerve root involvement in primary care consulters with low back-related leg pain. Manual Therapy (p. e38, vol. 25). Elsevier. doi>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>2016.
AGREEMENT AMONG THERAPISTS WHEN DIAGNOSING LOW BACK-RELATED LEG PAIN. RHEUMATOLOGY (p. 113, vol. 55). link>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>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>2016.
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>2010.
Descending control of human trapezius and serratus anterior muscles. Proceedings of The Physiological Society.2005.
H reflexes of the serratus anterior muscle. Proceedings of The Physiological Society.2005.