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Musculoskeletal Disorders

By getting involved in research into musculosketal disorders you can help improve treatments and services for people in our region

The Musculoskeletal Specialty oversees clinical research that deals with:

  •  Normal structure and function of joints, bone, muscle and cartilage
  •  Diseases resulting from problems with musculoskeletal structure and function

This means we support a wide range of research studies into musculoskeletal diseases, disorders, surgery and therapies.

We support and promote a range of clinical research, including studies relating to:

  •  Inflammatory joint diseases – for example: rheumatoid arthritis
  •  Non-inflammatory joint diseases – for example: osteoarthritis
  •  Non-inflammatory connective tissue disease
  •  Bone diseases including osteoporosis, vitamin D related bone disease and Paget’s disease
  •  Musculoskeletal pain disorders including back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and chronic widespread pain
  •  Elective orthopaedic surgery
  •  Other therapies such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, patient education and psychological

This Specialty of the North East and North Cumbria Research Network in led by Dr Nick Harland, clinical research consultant for South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Research Fellow of University of Teesside University. Membership is made up of clinicians and practitioners from all of the region’s NHS Foundation Trusts with a specific interest in musculoskeletal research at both national and local levels. Primary Care and lay member representation on the Specialty Group is also very much welcomed.

You can find out more about clinical trials in musculoskeletal disorders by following the link or by scrolling below to see current trials in our region

Visit the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio to view the full list of studies we currently support.  

Clinical Trials in Musculoskeletal Disorders

Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.

North East Early Arthritis Cohort

This study aims to diagnose different types of arthritis more accurately and match treatments to patients in a way that controls everybody’s disease even more effectively

”It’s not pain, it’s discomfort”: An investigation

This study hopes to learn if it is possible to design questionnaires that reflect the patients experience of pain and discomfort more accurately.

STRAP Trial – STRAP – Stratification of Biologic Therapies for RA by Pathobiology

The aim of this study is to investigate whether the most effective choice of biologic medicine for people with RA may be guided by examining the joint tissue (synovial tissue) and, in particular, whether different levels of immune cells (called B cells) within the joint can predict response to treatment.


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