Expression of Interest Hip Osteoarthritis Study

Project Title: Biomechanical contributors to hip contact loading, GU ref no: 2019/103.

Investigators:
Dr David John Saxby (PI), Dr Claudio Pizzolato (CI), Dr Laura E Diamond (CI), Prof David Lloyd (CI), Prof Rod Barrett, Dr Melanie Plinsinga, Bradley Cornish, Daniel Devaprakash.
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

Aim of the study:
(i) assess whether individuals with hip OA can modulate their hip joint contact forces, whether recommended load modification strategies can be sustained over 6-weeks, and any associated change in pain, physical and overall function.
Description 
Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee is the most common chronic joint disease in Australia, affecting 1 in 8 people. Direct healthcare costs for OA in Australia are forecast to increase 38% by 2030. During activities of daily living, the hip experiences compressive forces that are thought to be a main mechanical driver of hip OA progression. Our research is focused on how to effectively modulate these forces using easy-to-measure and easy-to-modify external biomechanics, such as trunk and lower limb positioning during walking. Integrating real-time visual biofeedback during walking may help individuals with hip OA voluntarily modify their hip joint contact forces. This study aims to use real-time biofeedback technology to assess whether individuals with hip OA can modulate their hip joint contact forces, whether recommended load modification strategies can be sustained over 6-weeks, and any associated change in pain, physical and overall function. 
 
Participation 
We are seeking individuals that are: 
1. 50 years or older.
2. Have hip pain for at least three months on most days of the week. 
3. Are able to walk independently for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week.
4. Do not have any other joint or muscle problems, no hip surgery in the past 6 months, and no metal implants.
5. Are able attend one session (physiotherapy assessment + testing) at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus. 

To express your interest, please fill out your details below or contact
Dr Melanie Plinsinga on m.plinsinga@griffith.edu.au
We will get in contact at our earliest convenience.

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