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21st October 2022

Relieve your joint pain at home: a new study investigating the benefits of an online physio programme

In Wales, approximately 1 in 3 people suffer with muscle, joint and soft tissue pain with back issues and knee osteoarthritis being the most common. Researchers at Cardiff University have launched a new study looking into the benefits of a digital physiotherapy programme conducted at home.

The study, will see participant receive personalised video-based exercise plans, exercise log, individual set challenges and remote access to a physiotherapist. The combination of online consultations with a specially trained physiotherapist and access to the digital resources will support individuals to practice and gain the skills to manage their condition themselves.

Chief investigator and Health and Care Research Wales’ Specialty Lead for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Kate Button said:

Technology used in MyJointPain.co.uk has the potential to make a real difference.

We understand the pressures with getting appointments and have also seen if people can conduct their treatments at home where they are comfortable at any time of the day, they are more likely to continue with their exercises.

The study is open to people based in Cardiff and Vale, Cwm Taf Morganwg and Powys Health Boards aged 18 and over with joint pain that worsens with activity.

By self-referring online, you’ll be randomised once you’ve been deemed eligible and individuals will have up to five online consultations with a specially physiotherapist trained in self-management. The timing and number of appointments will be decided by the participant.”

This research was one of the recipients of almost £6.5 million of funding from Health and Care Research Wales for the 2020-2021 Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) Wales funding call which funds research related to the day-to-day practice of the health service, with clearly defined patient and public benefit.

Michael Bowdery, Head of Programmes at Health and Care Research Wales, said:

We know there are thousands of people across Wales living with musculoskeletal disorders. We look forward to following the progress of this study and tracking its potential for improving the treatment offered to people with these conditions.”

For more information or to self-refer, visit www.myjointpain.org.uk  or email TRAK@cardiff.ac.uk