Investigating the impact of pain after the first ankle on development of chronic ankle instability

Summary

This project consists of a series of longitudinal studies investigating the impact of pain on development of chronic ankle instability after an index (first) ankle sprain.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Fereshteh Pourkazemi, Dr Claire Hiller

Research Location

Health Sciences - Generic

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

The high prevalence of recurrent sprains and residual symptoms following ankle sprain is a significant health issue resulting in high financial burdens on the society.  These residual symptoms include pain, swelling, episodes of "giving way", feeling of instability, and mechanical joint laxity.  Development of one or more of these symptoms after acute ankle sprain is referred to as chronic ankle instability (CAI).  Recent studies have found pain and weakness to be the main complaints of participants with CAI.  Pain was reported by 73% of individuals with CAI; 52% of these reported having pain with a duration of more than 10 years.  However, no study to date, has investigated whether pain after an index ankle sprain is a contributing factor to development of secondary impairments and consequently, CAI.  The aim of these series of projects is to investigate the physiological, psychological, and neuromuscular impacts of pain after and index ankle sprain on development of CAI.

Additional Information

Potential topics of interest for the research opportunity:

  • Investigating the impact of pain after the first ankle on development of chronic ankle instability in adults: A longitudinal study
  • Investigating the impact of pain after the first ankle on development of chronic ankle instability in adolescents: A longitudinal study
  • Investigating the impact of pain after the first ankle on development of chronic ankle instability in children: A longitudinal study
  • Investigating the structural changes after and index ankle sprain and its association with development of chronic ankle instability in adults: A longitudinal study 
  • Investigating the structural changes after and index ankle sprain and its association with development of chronic ankle instability in adolescents: A longitudinal study 
  • Investigating the structural changes after and index ankle sprain and its association with development of chronic ankle instability in children: A longitudinal study 

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Keywords

Pain, chronic pain, Sports injury, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Ankle sprain, Functional ankle instability, Chronic Ankle Instability, Perceived Ankle Instability, Neuromuscular control, Motor control, Musculoskeletal, Disability, Movement disorders, Human body, Movement, Professional practice

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2377

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