Musculoskeletal Pain and Stratified care

Musculoskeletal pain impacts on the lives of many people, often with consequences for the patient, health service and society. Our musculoskeletal (MSK) pain research investigates the impact of these common aches and pains, such as back pain, shoulder pain, and knee pain, and promotes pro-active positive approached to self-management and clinical management in ways that maintain health and well-being within a biopsychosocial framework. The aim of our work is to be able to turn the knowledge gained from our research into action within everyday life, providing benefits for all those affected. Categorised below are the details of the research studies that have focussed on musculoskeletal pain;

Improving care for people with spinal pain

  • EASE BACK- Evaluating Acupuncture and Standard carE for pregnant women with BACK pain.
  • ATLAS - Assessment and treatment of leg pain associated with the spine.
  • SWAP - Study of work and pain. 
  • Investigating psychological treatment  - Treatment mediators of musculoskeletal pain interventions.
  • SCOPIC - SCiatica Outcomes in Primary Care.

Improving the services and outcomes for musculoskeletal pain

  • MSK-HQ - Developing, piloting and testing the musculoskeletal health questionnaire: for use across musculoskeletal pathways
  • STEMS - Stepping up the evidence for musculoskeletal services pilot trial
  • FCP evaluation  - The evaluation of first contact practitioners in musculoskeletal services
  • MSK Tracker - Implementing the MSK-HQ to empower patients and improve services

Improving care for regional pain

  • GP Shoulder survey
  • TREADON - Treatments of exercise and orthotics for planter heel pain: pilot feasibility trial.
  • SUPPORT - Subacromial impingement syndrome and pain: a randomised controlled trial of exercise and injection.
  • INSTINCTS - INjection versus SplinTing in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • CETOSS - Comparative effectiveness of treatment options for subacromial shoulder conditions: Systematic review and network meta-analysis.
  • RaCeR - Rehabilitation following rotator cuff repair study

Stratified Care (Targeting treatment to patients based on key characteristics)

Stratified care involves targeting treatment to patients based on their key characteristics. Our stratified care research develops tools to help subgroup patients, supports clinicians to use these tools and matched treatments, and tests the clinical and cost-effectiveness of stratified models of care.