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Personalised rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and spinal pain studentships

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/sport-exercise/index.aspx

University of Birmingham

 

We have up to 3 funded PhD studentships available in the field of personalised rehabilitation for musculoskeletal and spinal pain.

These PhDs are available full time and are campus based.

 

Deadline: 2nd November 2016

Interview date: Monday 7th November pm

Start date: January 2017

 

Research focus

It is widely acknowledged that assessment and management of musculoskeletal and spinal pain disorders is an international challenge and comes at great patient and societal cost, particularly as many problems become long term chronic conditions. In the UK, direct costs of low back pain alone are estimated to be £2.8 billion annually. We are developing and validating new assessment protocols which offer new opportunities to objectively characterise the presentation of patients presenting with musculoskeletal and spinal pain. As a result this enables appropriate identification of patient-specific safe targeted interventions. Effective targeted rehabilitation can enable improved effectiveness (clinical and cost) as it identifies which patients to target with specific rehabilitation approaches, and therefore enables more effective use of rehabilitation resources. The process of developing effective targeted rehabilitation is lengthy and requires several stages to ensure rigour and applicability to practice.

 

Supervisors

These PhDs are supervised by an experienced team of researchers in spinal pain, musculoskeletal pain and musculoskeletal physiotherapy: Professor Deborah Falla, Dr Alison Rushton and Dr Nicola Heneghan.

 

PhD projects

- Understanding the mechanisms underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain

- Enhanced management of acute post-traumatic pain for the prevention of chronic pain and disability

- Enhanced management of idiopathic spinal pain for the prevention of chronic pain and disability

 

How to Apply

Prospective students are advised to contact the Postgraduate Office for guidance before making a formal application. Formal applications should be made using the University of Birmingham Online Application Service. For information on how to apply online, please see:

https://sits.bham.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=FR0355&code2=0005

 

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