Dr Robert Boland

PhD, GradDipAppSc, BAppSc, Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy
Lecturer, Physiotherapy

C43O - O Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney


Website Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Biographical details

Dr Rob Boland is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. He has concurrent appointments as a post-doctoral researcher, a Specialist Clinician with the NSW Department of Health, and as Independent Physiotherapy Consultant with Workcover NSW. He has lectured in Australia, and overseas on invited courses, and he has published his research in international journals and presented at international conferences.He has investigated various aspects of carpal tunnel syndrome and he has a long-standing interest in evidence-based practice and how to apply it in the clinic. His current research interests are in the areas of carpal tunnel syndrome, changes in peripheral nerve after spinal cord injury, and motor neuron disease.

Research interests

Current research interests are in the areas of carpal tunnel syndrome, changes in peripheral nerve after spinal cord injury, and motor neuron disease.

Teaching and supervision

Co-ordinator Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy E

Themes

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences

Selected grants

2004

  • A new treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome; Boland R; University of Sydney/Internal Research Grant Allocations - Cumberland.
  • Perometer; Adams R, Moseley G, Boland R, Kilbreath S, Refshauge K, Harmer A; University of Sydney/Equipment Grant.

2002

  • Effects of pre-treatment exersises on outcome in patients with shoulder pain; Boland R; Physiotherapists Registration Board (NSW Health)/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Refshauge, K., Boland, R. (2004). The Physical Examination: Testing adequacy of cerebral blood flow (vertebrobasilar insufficiency). In Kathryn Refshauge, Elizabeth Gass (Eds.), Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Clinical Science and Evidence-Based Practice, (pp. 179-194). Oxford, UK: Butterworth Heinemann.

Journals

  • Lee, M., Boland, R., Czerniec, S., Kilbreath, S. (2011). Reliability and Concurrent Validity of the Perometer for Measuring Hand Volume in Women With and Without Lymphedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 9(1), 13-18. [More Information]
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2009). Assessing the accuracy of a combination of clinical tests for identifying carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 16(7), 929-933. [More Information]
  • Han, S., Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Vucic, S., Lin, C., Kiernan, M. (2009). Ischaemic sensitivity of axons in carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, 14(3), 190-200. [More Information]
  • Han, S., Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Vucic, S., Lin, C., Kiernan, M. (2008). Changes in human sensory axonal excitability induced by an ischaemic insult. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119(9), 2054-2063. [More Information]
  • Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Kiernan, M. (2007). Riche-Cannieu anastomosis as an inherited trait. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118(4), 770-775. [More Information]
  • Henschke, N., Boland, R., Adams, R. (2006). Responsiveness of two methods for measuring foot and ankle volume. Foot and Ankle International, 27(10), 826-832. [More Information]
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2005). Accuracy of the clinical assessment in diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(4 Supplement), S12-S12.
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2005). Accuracy of the clinical diagnosis in carpal tunnel syndrome. Clinical Neurophysiology, 116(9), e21-e21.
  • Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Kiernan, M. (2005). Median nerve excitability during upper limb ischaemia in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(4 Supplement), S12-S12.
  • Henschke, N., Boland, R., Adams, R. (2004). An Obturator Reduces Time For Volumetric Measurements Of The Foot And Ankle. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 34(12), 800-804.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2003). Effects of forearm venous drainage on responses to the volume provocation test. Journal of Hand Therapy, 16(1), 43-48.
  • Refshauge, K., Parry, S., Shirley, D., Larsen, D., Rivett, D., Boland, R. (2002). Professional responsibility in relation to cervical spine manipulation. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 171-179.
  • Refshauge, K., Parry, S., Shirley, D., Larsen, D., Boland, R., Rivett, D. (2002). Professional responsibility means responding professionally. Response to comment by Jull et al. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 183-185.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Vascular factors in carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Hand Therapy, 15(1), 22-30.

Conferences

  • Han, S., Lin, C., Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2011). Effects of focal nerve compression on membrane excitability and symptoms in carpal tunnel syndrome. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2007). Accuracy Of Phalen's And Sensory Testing In Diagnosis Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Proceedings of the Conference of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. IFSHT.
  • Boland, R., Han, E., Kiernan, M. (2007). Ischaemia As A Model Of Focal Nerve Injury. 15th International Congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy WCPT 2007, United Kingdom: Elsevier.
  • Boland, R., Lin, C., Krishnan, A., Engel, S., Kiernan, M. (2007). Nerve Excitability Changes In Peripheral Motor Axons In Patients With Acute Spinal Injury. International Brain Research Organisation World Congress of Neuroscience.
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2007). Riche-Cannieu Anastomosis In A Family. Proceedings of the Conference of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. IFSHT.
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2006). Evidence for proximal effects on median nerve function in carpal tunnel syndrome. Life with Physiotherapy, Auckland: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists.
  • Lee, M., Boland, R., Kilbreath, S. (2006). Reliability and criterion validity of the Perometer for measurements of hand volume. 6th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference ALA 2006, Australia: Australasian Lymphology Association.
  • Watson, C., Refshauge, K., Boland, R. (2004). The effect of adding additional compression to an ice and exercise protocol in the acute stage of ankle sprain. Fourth Research Conference 2004 "From Cell to Society 4", Sydney: Faculties of Health, University of Sydney.
  • Boland, R., Henschke, N., Adams, R. (2002). Effects of a turbulence dispersing obturator during foot and ankle volumetry. VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Effects of forearm venous drainage on responses to the volume provocation test. VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Evidence for a vascular component in carpal tunnel syndrome. VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Sphygmomanometer-induced increases in forearm and hand volume. From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: The College of Health Sciences.

2011

  • Han, S., Lin, C., Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2011). Effects of focal nerve compression on membrane excitability and symptoms in carpal tunnel syndrome. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.
  • Lee, M., Boland, R., Czerniec, S., Kilbreath, S. (2011). Reliability and Concurrent Validity of the Perometer for Measuring Hand Volume in Women With and Without Lymphedema. Lymphatic Research and Biology, 9(1), 13-18. [More Information]

2009

  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2009). Assessing the accuracy of a combination of clinical tests for identifying carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 16(7), 929-933. [More Information]
  • Han, S., Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Vucic, S., Lin, C., Kiernan, M. (2009). Ischaemic sensitivity of axons in carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System, 14(3), 190-200. [More Information]

2008

  • Han, S., Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Vucic, S., Lin, C., Kiernan, M. (2008). Changes in human sensory axonal excitability induced by an ischaemic insult. Clinical Neurophysiology, 119(9), 2054-2063. [More Information]

2007

  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2007). Accuracy Of Phalen's And Sensory Testing In Diagnosis Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Proceedings of the Conference of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. IFSHT.
  • Boland, R., Han, E., Kiernan, M. (2007). Ischaemia As A Model Of Focal Nerve Injury. 15th International Congress of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy WCPT 2007, United Kingdom: Elsevier.
  • Boland, R., Lin, C., Krishnan, A., Engel, S., Kiernan, M. (2007). Nerve Excitability Changes In Peripheral Motor Axons In Patients With Acute Spinal Injury. International Brain Research Organisation World Congress of Neuroscience.
  • Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Kiernan, M. (2007). Riche-Cannieu anastomosis as an inherited trait. Clinical Neurophysiology, 118(4), 770-775. [More Information]
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2007). Riche-Cannieu Anastomosis In A Family. Proceedings of the Conference of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. IFSHT.

2006

  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2006). Evidence for proximal effects on median nerve function in carpal tunnel syndrome. Life with Physiotherapy, Auckland: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists.
  • Lee, M., Boland, R., Kilbreath, S. (2006). Reliability and criterion validity of the Perometer for measurements of hand volume. 6th Australasian Lymphology Association Conference ALA 2006, Australia: Australasian Lymphology Association.
  • Henschke, N., Boland, R., Adams, R. (2006). Responsiveness of two methods for measuring foot and ankle volume. Foot and Ankle International, 27(10), 826-832. [More Information]

2005

  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2005). Accuracy of the clinical assessment in diagnosis of carpal tunnel syndrome. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(4 Supplement), S12-S12.
  • Boland, R., Kiernan, M. (2005). Accuracy of the clinical diagnosis in carpal tunnel syndrome. Clinical Neurophysiology, 116(9), e21-e21.
  • Boland, R., Krishnan, A., Kiernan, M. (2005). Median nerve excitability during upper limb ischaemia in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 51(4 Supplement), S12-S12.

2004

  • Henschke, N., Boland, R., Adams, R. (2004). An Obturator Reduces Time For Volumetric Measurements Of The Foot And Ankle. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 34(12), 800-804.
  • Watson, C., Refshauge, K., Boland, R. (2004). The effect of adding additional compression to an ice and exercise protocol in the acute stage of ankle sprain. Fourth Research Conference 2004 "From Cell to Society 4", Sydney: Faculties of Health, University of Sydney.
  • Refshauge, K., Boland, R. (2004). The Physical Examination: Testing adequacy of cerebral blood flow (vertebrobasilar insufficiency). In Kathryn Refshauge, Elizabeth Gass (Eds.), Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy: Clinical Science and Evidence-Based Practice, (pp. 179-194). Oxford, UK: Butterworth Heinemann.

2003

  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2003). Effects of forearm venous drainage on responses to the volume provocation test. Journal of Hand Therapy, 16(1), 43-48.

2002

  • Boland, R., Henschke, N., Adams, R. (2002). Effects of a turbulence dispersing obturator during foot and ankle volumetry. VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Effects of forearm venous drainage on responses to the volume provocation test. VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Evidence for a vascular component in carpal tunnel syndrome. VIIth International Physiotherapy Congress, Sydney: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Refshauge, K., Parry, S., Shirley, D., Larsen, D., Rivett, D., Boland, R. (2002). Professional responsibility in relation to cervical spine manipulation. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 171-179.
  • Refshauge, K., Parry, S., Shirley, D., Larsen, D., Boland, R., Rivett, D. (2002). Professional responsibility means responding professionally. Response to comment by Jull et al. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 48(3), 183-185.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Sphygmomanometer-induced increases in forearm and hand volume. From Cell to Society 3, Sydney: The College of Health Sciences.
  • Boland, R., Adams, R. (2002). Vascular factors in carpal tunnel syndrome. Journal of Hand Therapy, 15(1), 22-30.

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