I’m delighted to have recently given a presentation of my main PhD findings at BritSpine 2014, at the University of Warwick. BritSpine is the biennial scientific congress of the United Kingdom Spine Societies (UKSSB). The UKSSB represents the British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS), the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) and the Society of Back Pain Research (SBPR) making BritSpine the largest and most prestigious spine research conference in the UK. This was a fantastic opportunity to present my research on spinal manipulation and neck pain to eminent clinicians and researchers, and field questions from none less than the President of the British Association of Spinal Surgeons and the Chair of the United Kingdom Spine Societies Board – sigh of relief when they appeared to be happy with my answers!
This is the first time I have presented my findings to a spine-research expert audience and this resulted in invaluable feedback that will inform not only future presentations, but my thesis too. It was only through the award of a Santander Mobility Award that I was able to attend this prestigious conference – many thanks to the Bournemouth University Graduate School and Santander Universities for making this attendance possible.
My thesis is entitled, “An observational study of changes in cervical inter-vertebral motion and the relationship with patient-reported outcomes in patients undergoing spinal manipulative therapy for neck pain”. I am supervised by Professors Alan Breen and Jenni Bolton, (AECC) and Dr Sarah Hean at BU, and the thesis is due for completion in the summer.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in whether spinal manipulation changes inter-vertebral motion (if if it’s got anything to do with patient-reported improvement), you might like to check out the conference abstract which was published in the European Spine Journal 23(Suppl 1): S128.