(GU Ref no: 2019/103)

Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and knee is the most common chronic joint disease in Australia, affecting 1 in 8 people. Direct healthcare costs for OA in Australia is expected to increase by 38% by 2030. Griffith University researchers are currently seeking participants who are 50 years and older for their study. 

The study aims to investigate whether integrating modifications in a patients’ regular walking routine for six weeks following a laboratory session can reduce a patients pain and improve their overall hip function.

The study is seeking individuals that: 

  • are 50 years or older 
  • have hip pain for at least three months on most days of the week 
  • are able to walk independently for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week
  • do not have any other joint or muscle problems, no hip surgery in the past 6 months, and no metal implants.

What would I be asked to do? How much time would it take?

Potential participants will be screened for eligibility criteria on the phone. Eligible participants will be asked to attend an approximately 2.5-hour appointment at Griffith University’s Motion Analysis Laboratory on the Gold Coast Campus where they will attend a physical examination by a registered physiotherapist, complete questionnaires and practice and perform walking modifications on a treadmill using visual feedback. Participants are then asked to integrate this walking modification in their regular walking routine for 6 weeks following the laboratory session.

How can I volunteer or found out more?

Please visit the survey page to register your interest and complete a pre-screening questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXHRY9Z or contact Dr Melanie Plinsinga on [email protected] for more information.