Orthopaedic research

Our aims are:

  • To develop a research network of trauma and orthopaedic physiotherapists.

  • To disseminate information to share the latest evidenced based practice.

  • To generate and foster collaboration to develop research capacity amongst physiotherapists.

Please let us know if you are participating in any research or would like us to promote relevant trials within our newsletter. Below are some examples of recently completed and ongoing RCTs:

Recently Completed:

  • AIM: Ankle Injury Management (results)
  • DRAFFT: Distal Radius Acute Fracture Fixation Trial (ISRCTN 31379280: results)


We would also like to inform members of the upcoming ICA HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic Programme for non-medical healthcare professions. These are personal training awards for healthcare professionals who wish to develop careers that combine clinical research and research leadership with continued clinical practice. The next funding round is anticipated March 2017. 

Take Part: 


    (Musculoskeletal Injury: Fragility fracture of the lower limb and pelvis)

    Priority Setting Partnership 

    Oxford Trauma launched a James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Exercise (PSP) in September 2016 regarding broken bones in older people. This PSP addresses broken bones of the lower limb and pelvis in patients over 60 years of age. The PSP is a collaboration of patients, carers and healthcare professionals who will identify the ‘top ten’ research priorities in this important area.

    You may have participated in the first broken bones in older people survey and now we would like to invite you to take part in the second survey. This survey asks you to prioritise the responses which we received from the first survey. We anticipate that this should not take you longer than 30 minutes to complete. The survey can be found online at: www.ndorms.ox.ac.uk/broken-bones-in-older-people

     Alternatively a paper version can be made available by contacting the project coordinator, Laura.Arnel@ndorms.ox.ac.uk or 01865 223114.                                                                                           

  • A national survey investigating cryotherapy use after knee replacement:

Interventions that reduce pain after knee replacement surgery would be valued by patients. Some orthopaedic departments use cold-therapy (cryotherapy or ice) to help reduce pain and swelling after knee replacement surgery. At present there is a lack of data regarding how many orthopaedic departments are using cold-therapy in both the NHS and private sector across the UK. We aim to conduct a simple (approx. 2-4 minutes, single page) anonymous survey of orthopaedic physiotherapists and surgeons across the UK to determine how many departments use cold therapy application after knee replacement surgery, what factors influence the decision to use cryotherapy, and to assess the variation in the method of application, temperature and duration of use across UK practice.

We would be grateful if you could kindly complete this short survey.

Many thanks 


(note: by completing this anonymous survey you consent to take part and agree for us to use the data).

  • We are delighted to announce SAUK’s participation in a Scoliosis Priority Setting Partnership (SPSP). The partnership is facilitated by the James Lind Alliance. The SPSP has been set up to identify unanswered questions about the diagnosis and management of scoliosis.
  •  What questions about scoliosis do you want research to answer?

To take part refer to website link.