Disruption and restoration of motor control in musculoskeletal pathology: Implications for physiotherapy management [ 2002 - 2004 ]

Also known as: Muscle control in joint pain: Implications for physiotherapy

Research Grant

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Researchers: Prof Kim Bennell (Principal investigator) ,  Jenny Mcconnell Prof Kay Crossley Prof Paul Hodges

Brief description The way in which the nervous system controls muscles and movement may play a role in the development and progression of common musculoskeletal conditions. One of these conditions is patellofemoral pain syndrome which is associated with pain around the knee cap. This condition may result from an imbalance in the activity of the thigh muscles that control movement of the knee cap as the knee bends and straightens. This imbalance is due in part to problems with the control of the muscles by the nervous system. Our previous studies have shown that physiotherapy treatment aimed at restoration of the control of the knee muscles results in clinical improvement of the condition. The first part of this project will investigate possible reasons for this muscle imbalance including the effects of pain, swelling and muscle fatigue. Understanding the reasons for the imbalance in muscle activity will help direct and refine more appropriate treatment strategies for this and other musculoskeletal conditions. The second part will assess whether a specific physiotherapy muscle training program for the thigh muscles is more effective in correcting the muscle imbalance than a more generalised thigh strengthening exercise program. The results will help us to better understand why the condition occurs and how we can best assess and treat the problem.

Funding Amount $AUD 210,990.00

Funding Scheme NHMRC Project Grants

Notes Standard Project Grant

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