Investigation of the lifestyle factors associated with low back pain, factors that determine a positive alliance between patients and therapists and motion analysis and muscle recruitment in low back pain.

Summary

This research aims to investigate the best management for low back pain as well as establish the lifestyle factors associated with the prevalence of the condition and the motor control variables affected by it.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Paulo Ferreira, Professor Kathryn Refshauge, Associate Professor Jack Crosbie

Research Location

Clinical and Rehabilitation Sciences Research Group

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

Potential research to be developed under the supervision of Paulo Ferreira includes:

  • Epidemiology of low back pain
  • Motor control in low back and cervical pain
  • Research methodology and statistics
  • Lifestyle factors and chronic pain
  • Systematic reviews
  • Ultrasonography and muscle recruitment
  • Motion analysis
  • Psychosocial factors and chronic pain

Additional Information

Potential research areas for PhDs topics:

  • Investigation of efficacy of treatments for low back pain
  • Which factors make a positive interaction between patients and therapists
  • Biomechanical factors and low back pain
  • Muscle recruitment in low back and cervical pain
  • Lifestyle factors and chronic pain
  • Systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials
  • Research methodology and statistics
 Current studies being developed:
  • Systematic reviews on the association between sustained posture, alcohol consumption and the prevalence of low back pain.
  • Predictive ability of the alliance between patients and therapists in the outcome of low back pain treatment.
  • Motion analysis in low back pain patients.
  • Cervical muscle recruitment with ultrasonography.
  • Patterns of respiration in low back pain patients.
 Techniques employed:
  • Ultrasonography
  • Motion analysis
  • Systematic reviews
  • Randomized controlled trials

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Keywords

low back pain, Motor control, Evidence based practice

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 841

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