Identifying key elements of non-pharmacological treatment package for fibromyalgia: Evidence synthesis and Delphi exercise

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body and currently has no cure. However, there are treatments which can help relieve some of the symptoms and make the condition easier to live with. Burak Kundakci, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, conducted research into a package of care …

Investigating the adverse effects related with long term use of paracetamol

Guidelines often recommend paracetamol as a first-line analgesic, particularly for osteoarthritis (OA), based on its perceived safety. However, there is growing discussion, highlighted in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence OA (NICE) 2014 guidance on OA, that paracetamol is not as safe as originally thought, especially at the highest therapeutic dose of 4gm/day. …

Chronic Pain and Work

The aim of this study is to develop a toolkit for employees with chronic pain. This toolkit will address the barriers to working for people who experience pain, encouraging self-management through promoting physical and mental wellbeing.  It will provide advice on adjustments to work environments in order to create a more inclusive and accessible environment. …

How hand osteoarthritis is associated with hand pain and function

Dr Abhishek is currently leading a study that investigates ultrasound markers of symptoms of hand osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the most prevalent form of arthritis, particularly concerning hand joints. The symptoms of OA include; joint swelling, functional impairment, participation restriction and overall reduced quality of life. Despite this, there are no disease-modifying drugs for OA …

Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Newsletter

The Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Newsletter is an annual newsletter keeping you up to date with news from the study and studies linked with it. Here you’ll find some highlights from our community of studies and events.

The Benefits of a Nurse-Led Package of Care for Knee Pain and Osteoarthritis

Nottingham’s Biomedical Research Centre are currently in the midst of an exciting new study, titled ‘The East-Midlands Knee Pain Multiple Randomised Controlled Trial Cohort Study: Cohort Establishment and Feasibility cohort-randomised controlled trial’. Led by Chief Investigator Dr Abhishek, Clinical Associate Professor of Rheumatology, the study is set to develop a nurse-led package of care for …

Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Cohort Study

The NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre is currently recruiting for a study investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing, led by Professor David Walsh. This research is being funded by NIHR and Versus Arthritis. Professor David Walsh himself is a consultant rheumatologist, who first became interested in a career in rheumatology because of the exciting research taking …

Communication Co-ordinator at the Nottingham BRC MSK Theme

As part of the School of English Work Placement Scheme, I was given the opportunity to work at the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre MSK Theme. The best part was writing MSK articles for the Nottingham BRC website. I wrote on last year’s Musculoskeletal Conference, as well as hearing-loss poetry. It was great seeing my …

The Musculoskeletal Theme Annual Science Day

The Musculoskeletal Theme Annual Science Day took place on the 14th January and brought together students, researchers, clinicians, academics and all those interested in MSK research in Nottingham. The opening session was led by the Phenotyping Research Area which featured a presentation on the Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing Cohort Study, a 5 year longitudinal …