Hospital is part of world’s largest physiotherapy trial
24 June 2015
Easing the pain of those coping with osteoporosis is the aim of an international trial supported by Southend Hospital physiotherapy team.
They are half way through taking part in the world's largest
physiotherapy trial regarding spinal fractures related to
Around 25,000 people are affected by this condition in the UK
with many referred to physiotherapy to help their recovery.
Some research evidence suggests that physiotherapy may help to
ease pain and help patients back to their normal activities of
daily life as soon as possible. However, it is not known which type
of physiotherapy is most helpful to people which is where this
research comes in.
The trial, known as the Physiotherapy
Rehabilitation of Osteoporotic
Vertebral Fractures, or PROVE trial is led by the
University of Oxford. It aims to evaluate the effects of exercise
and manual therapy physiotherapy treatments upon quality of life,
function and pain for people who have had one or more spinal
fractures due to osteoporosis.is comparing usual care, with
physiotherapy based on either exercise therapy or hands-on
Georgina Ramsey, a research physiotherapist at the hospital who
is part of the trial, said: "It is a great coup for Southend
Hospital's rehabilitation department to be able to be involved in a
trail of this magnitude."
And it's something of an epic undertaking, including
coordination between rehabilitation, rheumatology, orthopaedics,
DEXA scan , a special type x-ray that measures the denseness of
bones which can be used to diagnose osteoporosis, and primary care.
So far, over 285 members of the public have been recruited to take
part in the trial.
One of the principal investigators is the hospital's Dr Hubert
van Griensven, he added: "We hope that this study will tell us
which approaches work best, it should also enable us to better
tailor the treatment to each patient in Essex and across the
More eligible patients are still being sought to take part in
the trial so please contact the physiotherapy appointments line on
01702 385244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you are interested in finding out more about taking part in this
trial that could help so many people impacted by spinal fractures
related to osteoporosis.