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Carrie Falling

Thesis Title

Persistent musculoskeletal pain among individuals with immune-mediated chronic inflammatory conditions

Area of study

Musculoskeletal pain, chronic pain, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic inflammatory conditions

Supervisors

  • Dr Ramakrishnan Mani, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Prof Dave Baxter, Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago
  • Assoc Prof Simon Stebbings, Department of Medicine – Rheumatology, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago

Educational background

  • 2014: Bachelors of Physiotherapy First Class Honours, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2001: Bachelors of Fine Arts, Anderson University, Indiana, United States of America

Publications

  • Falling C, Mani R. (2016) Ageing and obesity indices influences the tactile acuity of the low back regions: A cross-sectional study. Manual therapy. 2016 Jun 30;23:25-31.
  • Ribeiro DC, Shemmell J, Falling C, Sole G (2016). Shoulder muscle activity during the modified dynamic relocation test and side-lying shoulder external rotation: a cross-sectional study on asymptomatic individuals. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy.
  • Falling C, Chapple C, Mani R (2015). Factors influencing tactile spatial acuity of knee regions in health individuals. WCPT Congress 2015, Physiotherapy 2015; Volume 101, Supplement 1 eS833-eS1237.
  • Falling C, Mani R. (2016) Regional asymmetry, obesity and gender determines tactile acuity of the knee regions: A cross-sectional study. Manual Therapy. 2016 Dec 31;26:150-7.

Presentations

  • World Congress of Physical Therapy (WCPT) Biannual Congress, Singapore (2015). Poster presentation titled: “Factors influencing tactile spatial acuity of knee regions in healthy individuals”.
  • University of Otago’s Arthritis Theme Meeting (2014). Presentation titled: “Two-point discrimination of the knee region in healthy individuals”.
  • Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) School of Physiotherapy Honours Seminar Series (2014). Presentation titled: “Two-point discrimination of the back and knee regions in healthy individuals”.

Awards

2017-2020: University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Why did you choose Otago Physio?

The School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago produces high quality research with remarkable supervisory and departmental support. I began my journey here as an undergraduate student, and have since had the privilege of joining the School of Physiotherapy’s commitment to excellence in education, research, and the physiotherapy profession. I chose this programme because there was simply no other place I would have considered to embark on my PhD journey.

Best things about study

Hands down best thing would be the people. This environment affords the opportunity to develop relationships with a wide diversity of people that I most likely would otherwise not encounter.