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Title: Walking-based physical activity interventions for the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain
Author: O'Connor, Seán Richard
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2012
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Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) is a major cause of morbidity, and one of the most common reasons for individuals to seek treatment in both the primary and secondary care settings. Physical activity interventions are a central component of the non-pharmacological management of such conditions. However, encouraging patients to exercise or increase their overall physical activity can be problematic. This can be due to a number of potential barriers, including a belief that some activities may cause pain or injury. Walking is a form of exercise or physical activity that may potentially be effective at improving adherence to treatment recommendations; due in part to its relatively low impact, ease of accessibility and general acceptability. However, there is limited evidence which has sought to investigate the effectiveness of such interventions in patients with chronic musculoskeletal complaints. The central aim of this thesis was therefore to examine the role of walking-based physical activity interventions in this population. A number of different methodological approaches were used to address this aim. This included: (1) a systematic review of randomised and quasirandomised studies examining walking-based interventions in participants with osteoarthritis (OA), fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic lower back pain (CLBP) (chapter two and chapter three); (2) a laboratory based pilot study examining the effects of a single bout of moderate intensity treadmill walking on experimentally induced lower-limb muscle pain (chapter four); (3) a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to determine the feasibility of using a structured, pedometer walking programme as an adjunct to a standard education and advice session in participants with CLBP (chapter five and chapter six).
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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