The development, evaluation and implementation of evidenced based physiotherapy treatments are core elements of the work done by the RRIO group. Our team offer experience in a wide range of areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy helps patients regain movement and function following injury or illness. Physiotherapists have a very important role to play in promoting physical activity in patients with chronic conditions such back pain or arthritis and to facilitate self-management of long term conditions.

Physiotherapists prescribe exercise programmes, use techniques such as manual therapy, and provide patients with education and advice. They can help people of all ages to maintain their health through physical activity and exercise, manage pain and prevent disease. Physiotherapists are focused on helping patients to remain in work and to maintain their independence as long as possible.

More information about physiotherapy is available from The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy here.

Our research

The development, evaluation and implementation of evidenced based physiotherapy treatments are core elements of the work done by the RRIO team. We aim to develop physiotherapy interventions that are both clinically and cost-effective. Throughout our work there is a strong emphasis on physical activity and exercise, education and empowerment of patients to self-manage chronic conditions. We are also working to facilitate the implementation of research findings into physiotherapy practice through our work funded by the Oxford CLARHC.

We are doing work in the following areas:

  • Cognitive behavioural approaches for back pain delivered by physiotherapist and other health professions - BeST
  • The management of patients following whiplash injuries - MINT
  • Exercises for young people with scoliosis - ACTIVATES
  • Exercises for women following breast cancer treatment - PROSPER
  • An exercise programme for patients with dementia  - DAPA
  • The management of back pain in older people and a rehabilitation programme for older people with neurogenic claudication - BOOST
  • A hand exercise programme for patients with rheumatoid arthritis delivered by physiotherapists and occupational therapists - SARAH
  • The prevention of falls in older adults - PreFIT