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Musculoskeletal Conditions

Current Clinical Trials and Research Studies

Many patients take part in research each day.  Below are the current studies looking for volunteers.  You can contact the researchers directly but please download and read the information sheets available first 

Patients with osteoarthritis in the knee wanted for focus groups at the University of Salford. 

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patients with osteoarthritis in the knee or knee pain aged between 40-85 wanted for this study

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looking at the effects of insoles on keen pain and joint loading.  Do you have painful osteoarthritis of the knee and aged over 40?  You could take part in this study.  
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Do you have a close relative with rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?.  Researchers are looking for volunteers without RA to help identify risk factors for this disease.  
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Study Updates

  • The HERO trial has completed its recruitment in SALFORD.  The trial is continuing in other areas of the UK and further updates will be available soon.
  • Study shows insoles offer little arthritis pain relief.  Find out more...
  • Did you take part in the BRACE study?  Researchers have published their findings.  Find out more... 

Musculoskeletal research

Musculoskeltal disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders affect the body's muscles, joints tendons, ligaments and nerves. Musculoskeletal disorders are common health conditions that usually results from an injury or sprain.  In some circumstances though, joint pain can be a result of an underlying medical condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or muscular dystropohy. 

Joint pain is also known as arthralgia and can occur in just one joint, or lots of joints at the same time.  Arthritis is an example of a musculoskeletal condition and is suffered by old and young people alike. Research to find new treatments can help them to cope with their condition.

Musculoskeletal Research 

Researchers are interested in the causes of musculoskeletal conditions and how we can manage the resulting pain and other consequences of the conditions better. The University of Manchester has a very active musculoskeletal research group

Some of the therapies researchers are currently looking at include joint replacements and new medicines. They need you help to decide which of these therapies are most effective. 

Musculoskeletal research

Musculoskeletal research group


Scleroderma and Raynaud's research

Widespread Pain research