ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
CARL fellows are currently working on a number of exciting multidisciplinary projects. If you would like more information about the project, please contact the study lead. To read published findings from our completed projects see our outputs page.
Associations between individual characteristics and spinal stiffness: a combined analysis of multiple datasets
The objective of this study is twofold. Data from four separate cross-sectional studies were analyzed together in order to compare participant characteristics, such as anthropometrics, age and gender with spinal stiffness. A secondary objective explores differences in outcome measures obtained with different spinal stiffness testing devices and protocols. Lead: Isabelle Pagé
centre of rotation study
A systematic review looking at biomechanical testing investigating the center of rotation location on the lumbar spine is currently being conducted. From the results of this systematic review, a biomechanical testing study will be designed to investigate the influence of center of rotation location on the forces experienced by spinal tissues. Lead: Martha Funabashi
Australian Chiropractic Research Network (ACORN) rural data analyses
The aim of the current project is to report the prevalence and describe the clinical management characteristics of chiropractors practicing in urban and rural areas of Australia using a large nationally representative sample of Australian chiropractors. We are able to report that a substantial number of chiropractors practice in rural Australia. These chiropractors are more likely to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal cases among an indigenously diverse and ageing group of patients. Unique practice challenges for rural chiropractors include isolation in sole private practice, having a higher workload and a lack of diagnostic tools. Chiropractors appear to play an important role in the provision of health care to rural Australians. Lead: Katie De Luca