Knee Pain Research

The knee research program within the Centre is led by Prof Kay Crossley, Dr Adam Culvenor and Dr Christian Barton. This program focuses on the prevention and management of knee injuries and osteoarthritis across the lifespan. We are currently undertaking several longitudinal prospective cohort studies evaluating injury/disease burden, as well as randomised and clinical trials evaluating effectiveness of treatments for knee pain, traumatic knee injury and osteoarthritis, multi-disciplinary non-surgical interventions to reduce inappropriate surgery, and using innovative online and digital approaches to deliver care. Our work is leveraged by a focus on developing implementation programs and strategies to maximise community uptake.

Kneecap arthritis after serious knee ligament injury

The kneecap is increasingly recognised as a key contributor to knee osteoarthritis and is strongly associated with pain. While knee osteoarthritis is typically a disease of the elderly, early-onset kneecap osteoarthritis affects younger adults at an alarming rate, within the first decade after a serious knee ligament injury, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

For more information, visit the kneecap arthritis blog page.

Hip Muscle function in people with patellofemoral pain

It is well established that people with patellofemoral pain have hip muscle weakness, and strong evidence supports exercise therapy at hip. However, hip muscles deficits can be complex and are identified using instruments which are not always accessible to clinicians.

For more information, visit the petellofemoral pain blog page.

SUPER Rehabilitation Randomised Controlled Trial for young people with old knees

Anterior cruciate ligament ruptures are some of the most common and serious sporting injuries. Using high quality exercise therapy and education has the potential to improve outcomes and reduce further disease burden.

For more information, visit the SUPER rehabilitation blog page.