Brighton Journal of Research in Health Sciences

Supporting Research in the School of Health Sciences


Wednesday 10th June 2015

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Aldro 113, Eastbourne 1pm-2pm

Straight leg raise treatment for individuals with spinally referred leg pain: exploring characteristics that influence outcome: an quantitative experimental design

Colette Ridehalgh, Senior Lecturer


The presentation will discuss the findings of my PhD study which aimed to assess the differences in the immediate response to a Physiotherapeutic neural intervention (a straight leg raise treatment) between 3 sub-groups of individuals with spinally referred leg pain (somatic referred pain, radicular pain and radiculopathy). It has been proposed that individuals with spinally referred leg pain may have poorer prognosis than individuals with low back pain alone, and that one reason for this may be greater levels of disability or psychosocial factors such as fear avoidance beliefs or higher levels of emotional distress. In addition, individuals with chronic low back pain may complain of a complex pain presentation called central sensitisation. Such characteristics could impact on immediate changes to treatment. This presentation will discuss the rationale for the study, the preliminary studies that were carried out in preparation for the main clinical study, and the overall results and implications.


Dr Colette Ridehalgh is a senior lecturer in the Physiotherapy division of the School of Health Sciences. She has been lecturing in both undergraduate and postgraduate neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy since 2002. She gained her PhD in July 2014, and MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy (leading to membership of the Musculoskeletal Association of Physiotherapists) in 2002. She has published work from her PhD and other collaborative work and presented her work on nerve excursion and neurodynamic treatment at several National and International conferences.

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