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  • In the adult population undergoing surgical arthroscopic treatment for knee articular chondral defect, is the use of CPM (continuous passive motion) effective in reducing pain and improving function?
  • In adults with chronic low back pain are core stability exercises more effective in improving function and decreasing pain compared to a general exercise program?
  • Does the addition of an isokinetic speed programme improve outcomes in patients receiving a unilateral primary Achilles tendon repair?
  • In adults with shoulder joint impingement is the intervention of stabilization exercises and/or postural correction versus any treatment or no intervention effective in reducing pain and ?
  • In the adult population, is eccentric or concentric exercise more effective for the return of function in Subacute or chronic Achilles tendonopathies?
  • Is one off management versus a course of treatment more effective in terms of reducing pain and function for patients over 50 years old with osteoarthritis of the knee joint?
  • Is multidisciplinary management of chronic low back pain more effective in terms of reducing pain, improving function and increasing return to work compared with unidisciplinary treatment?
  • Examine the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in primary flexor tendon repairs following surgical reconstruction at 12 weeks and 12 months in terms of pain, disability, function and return to work?
  • In adult humans with peripheral musculoskeletal injury (who have not had previous repair) is the length of time of sustained active or passive stretching more effective than other aspects of stretching for increasing return to work function and activity?
  • Is manual physical therapy more effective than other physical therapy approaches in reducing pain and disability in adults post whiplash injury?
  • Is day or night time splinting more effective than usual care in improving pain, function and reducing sensory disturbance in adults with Carpal Tunnel symptoms?
  • Are interscalene nerve blocks an effective means of delivering pain relief to patients following shoulder surgery?
  • Is hand therapy more effective than usual care in maintaining function and improving coping in adults with hand arthritis?
  • Is electrotherapy more effective than other physical therapy approaches in reducing pain and disability in adults with supraspinatus tendonitis? Is one modality of electrotherapy more effective than another?
  • Is Trancutaneous Nerve Stimulation effective in Relieving pain in Acute Soft Tissue Injuries in Adults?
  • In adult humans with plantar fasciitis does a sustained stretch of the calf muscles or triceps surae have an beneficial effect on pain, range of movement and return to normal daily activity?
  • Is acupuncture an effective method of reducing pain in outpatient physiotherapy attendees with acute soft tissue injuries or fractures, compared to usual physiotherapy?
  • What are the relative benefits of different models of access to Health Care Practitioners for musculoskeletal patients in Primary Care?
  • Does autologous blood injection provide more pain relief and functional improvement in adults with chronic tendinopathy when compared to usual care?
  • In an adult population undergoing primary total knee replacement (TKR) does the addition of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) to usual care improve pain management & as a result improve range of movement (ROM) within 3 months post-operatively?
  • Is an exercise regime in addition to routine mobilization/gait re-education of improved benefit to function/QOL in post-operative adult THRs?
  • In adults with shoulder joint impingement is the intervention of injecting the subacromial joint with 20mg of corticosteroid as effective as injecting with 40mg corticosteroid?
  • Following Anterior Talo-Fibular Ligament (ATFL) reconstruction in adult humans, does the use of an air-cast splint post op have any beneficial effect on pain, range and activities of daily living (ADL)?
  • Does standing a patient on the day of surgery following a primary unilateral total hip or knee replacement reduce the length of hospital stay?
  • Are physiotherapy-led stabilisation exercises effective in reducing pain and disability in adults with chronic neck pain?
  • In adults with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) does the use of distension injections   improve pain, function and range of movement when compared to usual care?
  • In adults with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome who have had an injection, is immediate post-injection immobilisation splinting more effective than no splinting for symptoms of pins and needles, pain and function?
  • Is splinting more clinically effective and cost effective in decreasing pain and improving function in adults with DeQuervains syndrome than usual care?
  • Does exercise or splinting in the treatment of trigger finger reduce pain, improve range of movement, grip strength, function and return to work when compared with usual care?
  • In adults with chronic trochanteric bursitis is physiotherapy more effective in reducing pain than usual care?
  • In adults with plantar fasciitis , does the use of a barefoot science foot orthoses compared with other foot orthoses improve pain and adherence?
  • In adults with Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy (Tennis Elbow) does the treatment of Low Level Laser Therapy improve pain and function when compared to usual physiotherapy care?
  • In patients presenting with acute or chronic tendinopathies, what is the incidence of harm for those receiving steroid injections compared to those receiving usual care?
  • In an adult population is a corticosteroid injection a safe and effective treatment for tennis elbowcompared to usual care.
  • In adults with ‌ in the knee, is physiotherapy as clinical and cost effective as surgery?
  • In adults with hand pain and stiffness, is wax therapy and exercise more effective in reducing pain and improving function than wax therapy  alone?
  • In adults with Coccydynia is physiotherapy more effective in reducing pain than usual care?
  • In adults with neural leg pain, is a caudal epidural as effective as physiotherapy in reducing pain return to work and function?
  • In adults and children with musculoskeletal pain is Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Therapy as clinically & cost effective as land based Physiotherapy in terms of pain & function?
  • In adults with chronic lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) are eccentric exercises more effective in reducing pain and improving function than concentric exercises?
  • Is a suprascapular nerve block an effective method of reducing pain and disability in adults with shoulder pain?
  • In adult patients immediately post primary total knee replacement (TKR) for osteoarthritis (OA) is group therapy more clinically effective than an individual programme for pain and function?
  • Is a clinically guided steroid injection as effective in terms of pain relief and improved function as an ultrasound guided injection for patient with first CMC joint osteoarthritis (OA)
  • In the adult population, does the Spurlings sign/test have good sensitivity* and specificty** in detecting cervical radiculopthy
  • In patients over the age of 40 with plantarfasciopathy, is wearing a night splint nightly for 3 months effective in reducing pain when compared to exercise therapy?
  • In adults with inflammatory arthritis and persistent knee synovitis, does yttrium synovectomy improve pain and function? 
  • Does appointment duration for musculoskeletal outpatient physiotherapy or occupational therapy in primary or secondary care settings, have an effect on managerial, clinical or patient outcomes?
  • Do physiotherapy telephone consultations for adult patients with musculoskeletal conditions affect patient satisfaction, condition specific outcomes and healthcare utilisation?
  • In adults with glenohumeral joint adhesive capsulitis are mobilisation techniques in combination with exercise more effective in reducing pain and improving function compared to exercise alone?
  • What is the outcome for patients with fibromyalgia receiving cognitive-behavioural therapy?
  • What proportion of patients undergoing Total Knee Replacement (TKR) have a poor outcome?
  • What factors determine poor functional outcome following Total Knee Replacement (TKR)?
  • Should urinalysis be routinely performed prior to intra-articular corticosteroid injection in order to avoid potential exacerbation of an underlying urinary tract infection?