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Sensitisation in Shoulder Pain Study

What is the study about?

shoulder image-med.This study aims to identify whether changes in the nerves sensitivity are associated with shoulder pain and if this sensitivity is related to the amount of your shoulder pain and disability.

Recognizing the presence of nervous system sensitivity and its links with shoulder pain experience can help researchers to test treatments that address sensitivity as a part of shoulder pain management.

Am I eligible for the study?

We are recruiting two groups of people for this study: those with shoulder pain (shoulder pain group) and those without shoulder pain (healthy control group)

Shoulder pain group

You are eligible to participate if:

  • you are adult between 18-75 years, with shoulder pain.

You will be screened by a member of the research team either by phone or by email to determine your eligibility to participate in this study. You can also complete your own eligibility screening by completing the questions at this link. 

Healthy control group

You are eligible to participate if:

  • you are an adult between 18 -75 years, without any pain currently or within the last 6 months. 

What will I be asked to do?

Shoulder pain group

Attend a 90-minute session to fill out questionnaires and complete a series of sensory testing (e.g. pressure, touch and cold).

Complete and return the questionnaires after 6 weeks following your initial visit.

Participants will receive a $50 voucher as a reimbursement for expenses incurred in taking part in the study.

Healthy control group

Attend a 90-minute session at the School of Physiotherapy to complete questionnaires and respond to simple sensory testing procedures (e.g.pressure, touch and cold).

Participants will receive a $30 voucher as a reimbursement for expenses incurred in taking part in the study.

For further details of the study procedure, please read the information sheet (PDF)

I am eligible and interested, what do I do next?

To participate in this study:

Phone: 0800 687489 or Email address: clinicalresearch.physio@otago.ac.nz

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDEC). Reference: 19/CEN/119