Dr Louise Tofts

Clinical Lecturer
Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead

Telephone +61 2 9845 2132
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Dr Louise Tofts

MB BS, DCH, MRCPCH, MSpMed, FAFRM, FRACP
Paediatric Rehabilitation Specialist

Louise is an accredited rehabilitation physician and paediatrician holding Australian fellowships in both specialties and a Masters in Sports Medicine from The University of New South Wales. Louise currently practices at Kids Rehab the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre and Delmar Private Hospital. She trained and practiced in London, England at St Bartholomews Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. She has expertise in hypermobility, persistent musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, difficulty learning motor skills, congenital musculoskeletal conditions, athletes with a physical disability and exercise and rehabilitation programs for children following injury or illness.

Louise is actively involved in research into hypermobility, achondroplasia, arthrogryposis and limb loss.

Research interests

Joint hypermobilty

Achondroplasia and Skeletal Dysplasia

Ehlers Danlos syndromes and related congenital connective tissue disorders

Disabiling musculoskeletal conditions

Limb loss, prosthetics

Motor delays and Developmental Coordination Disorder

Brain and spinal cord injury

Current projects

“The clinical characteristics of children with joint hypermobility and their relationship to adverse outcomes” 5-year cohort study. 4th and final wave data collection complete, 5 full publications, 2 further papers in draft.

“Functional disability and access to care in children with arthrogryposis” data analysis

“Effect of energy returning sport prosthesis on physical activity participation and quality of life in child amputees” draft manuscript

“Function and quality of life in children with longitudinal fibular deficiency” data collection underway

Industry sponsored trials of Visorotide in Achondroplasia (BMN 111-901, 111-301 and 111-206)

Selected grants

2015

  • Clinical characteristics of children with generalized joint hypermobility - 3 year follow up; Nicholson L, Pacey V, Tofts L, Munns C; Arthritis Australia/Grants-in-Aid.

2013

  • Clinical Characteristics of Children with Generalised Joint Hypermobility; Nicholson L, Pacey V, Tofts L, Munns C; Arthritis Australia/Project Grants.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Scheper, M., Pacey, V., Rombaut, L., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Calders, P., Nicholson, L., Engelbert, R. (2017). Generalized Hyperalgesia in children and adults diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility type: A discriminative analysis. Arthritis Care and Research, 69(3), 421-429. [More Information]
  • Tofts, L., Das, S., Collins, F., Burton, K. (2017). Growth charts for Australian children with achondroplasia. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A, 173A (8), 2189-2200. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, L., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Pacey, V. (2017). Physical and psychosocial characteristics of current child dancers and nondancers with systemic joint hypermobility: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 47(10), 782-791. [More Information]
  • Scheper, M., Nicholson, L., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Pacey, V. (2017). The natural history of children with joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos hypermobility type: a longitudinal cohort study. Rheumatology, 56(12), 2073-2083. [More Information]
  • Wigg, K., Tofts, L., Benson, S., Porter, M. (2016). The neuropsychological function of children with achondroplasia. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A, 170(11), 2882-2888. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2015). Joint hypermobility syndrome subclassification in paediatrics: A factor analytic approach. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100(1), 8-13. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Wesley, A., Collins, F., Singh-Grewal, D. (2015). Joint hypermobility syndrome: A review for clinicians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4), 373-380. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2015). Quality of life prediction in children with joint hypermobility syndrome. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(7), 689-695. [More Information]
  • Tofts, L., Hamblin, N. (2014). C-Leg� improves function and quality of life in an adolescent traumatic trans-femoral amputee: A case study. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 38(5), 413-417. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2014). Proprioceptive acuity into knee hypermobile range in children with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 12(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, L., Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Munns, C., Adams, R. (2014). Signs and symptoms of foot and ankle dysfunction in children with joint hypermobility. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7(Suppl 1).
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013). Exercise in children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain: a randomised controlled trial comparing exercise into hypermobile versus neutral knee extension. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 11(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Tofts, L., Elliott, E., Munns, C., Pacey, V., Sillence, D. (2009). The differential diagnosis of children with joint hypermobility: a review of the literature. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 7(1), 1-1-1-10. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013). A randomised controlled trial of two exercise programmes for children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013). The fatigue experience of children with joint hypermobility syndrome: a parent and child's perspective. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Nicholson, L., Munns, C. (2012). Exercise programmes for children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. Australian Rheumatology Association in conjunction with Rheumatology Health Professionals 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting Conference, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Nicholson, L., Adams, R. (2011). Quality of life of children with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.

2017

  • Scheper, M., Pacey, V., Rombaut, L., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Calders, P., Nicholson, L., Engelbert, R. (2017). Generalized Hyperalgesia in children and adults diagnosed with Hypermobility Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility type: A discriminative analysis. Arthritis Care and Research, 69(3), 421-429. [More Information]
  • Tofts, L., Das, S., Collins, F., Burton, K. (2017). Growth charts for Australian children with achondroplasia. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A, 173A (8), 2189-2200. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, L., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Pacey, V. (2017). Physical and psychosocial characteristics of current child dancers and nondancers with systemic joint hypermobility: A descriptive analysis. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 47(10), 782-791. [More Information]
  • Scheper, M., Nicholson, L., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Pacey, V. (2017). The natural history of children with joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos hypermobility type: a longitudinal cohort study. Rheumatology, 56(12), 2073-2083. [More Information]

2016

  • Wigg, K., Tofts, L., Benson, S., Porter, M. (2016). The neuropsychological function of children with achondroplasia. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A, 170(11), 2882-2888. [More Information]

2015

  • Pacey, V., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2015). Joint hypermobility syndrome subclassification in paediatrics: A factor analytic approach. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100(1), 8-13. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Wesley, A., Collins, F., Singh-Grewal, D. (2015). Joint hypermobility syndrome: A review for clinicians. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(4), 373-380. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2015). Quality of life prediction in children with joint hypermobility syndrome. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 51(7), 689-695. [More Information]

2014

  • Tofts, L., Hamblin, N. (2014). C-Leg� improves function and quality of life in an adolescent traumatic trans-femoral amputee: A case study. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 38(5), 413-417. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Adams, R., Tofts, L., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2014). Proprioceptive acuity into knee hypermobile range in children with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 12(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Nicholson, L., Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Munns, C., Adams, R. (2014). Signs and symptoms of foot and ankle dysfunction in children with joint hypermobility. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 7(Suppl 1).

2013

  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013). A randomised controlled trial of two exercise programmes for children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013). Exercise in children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain: a randomised controlled trial comparing exercise into hypermobile versus neutral knee extension. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 11(1), 1-11. [More Information]
  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Munns, C., Nicholson, L. (2013). The fatigue experience of children with joint hypermobility syndrome: a parent and child's perspective. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

2012

  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Adams, R., Nicholson, L., Munns, C. (2012). Exercise programmes for children with joint hypermobility syndrome and knee pain: a randomised controlled trial. Australian Rheumatology Association in conjunction with Rheumatology Health Professionals 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting Conference, Australia: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

2011

  • Pacey, V., Tofts, L., Nicholson, L., Adams, R. (2011). Quality of life of children with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. APA Physiotherapy Conference 2011, NA.

2009

  • Tofts, L., Elliott, E., Munns, C., Pacey, V., Sillence, D. (2009). The differential diagnosis of children with joint hypermobility: a review of the literature. Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal, 7(1), 1-1-1-10. [More Information]

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