National Pain Week 2019

22 Jul 2019

Each year National Pain Week champions the needs and challenges of Australians living with chronic pain.

Below is a snapshot of research activities currently taking place across UQ's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - including some which are seeking participants.

What factors can contribute to chronic pain?

UQ RECOVER Injury Research Centre and clinical psychologist Dr Rachel Elphinston is looking at how pain can be influenced by how we think and feel, and how treatment for chronic pain sufferers can be improved.

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What is the relation between migraine and neck pain?

Researchers from UQ's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are looking for people who suffer from neck pain (with or without migraine) to participate in a study that aims to understand the correlation between the two and therefore improve migraine management.

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What is the role of mechanical load on foot pain and disease in rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis has been found to be the most common reason for disability in rheumatoid arthritis patients. The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is looking for participants with and without rheumatoid arthritis (including those in remission), to take part in a study investigating the function of the foot.

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The FEET trial; Foot Exercise and Education for the Treatment of plantar heel pain

Heel pain affects 1 in 10 individuals and is a persistent condition which can occur in a wide variety of people from the sedentary to the athletic. The characteristic feature is pain with weight-bearing activities meaning some sufferers can experience pain with every step they take.

The FEET trial will be the first to examine a functional and progressive exercise program for the muscles of the foot and will investigate the effects of this program using the state-of-the-art 7-Tesla MRI machine at UQ's Centre for Advanced Imaging.

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Help us understand why sonographers suffer from musculoskeletal pain

The School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is looking for sonographers to take part in a study investigating the risk factors associated with development and persistence of neck pain in the profession.

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