Physiotherapy - Theses
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Rehabilitation in inoperable lung cancer
Worldwide lung cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer. In Australia it is the leading cause of cancer burden and death. The overwhelming majority of people are diagnosed once the disease has spread beyond ...
Development and validation of a novel marker tracking approach based on the low-cost Microsoft Kinect v2 sensor for assessing lower limb biomechanics during single-leg squat and treadmill gait
Pubescent females are twice more likely to suffer a non-contact ACL injury than their male counterparts. This disparity has been correlated with multiple concurrent factors, including biomechanical, anatomical and hormonal ...
Gait and functional ambulation in children and adolescents with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
Children and adolescents (“children”) with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) have progressive weakness of the lower limbs causing problems with gait and function. This thesis examined the nature and impact of gait dysfunction ...
Adherence to exercise among people with knee osteoarthritis
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a significant cause of pain and disability among older adults worldwide. Evidence and all guidelines recommend exercise as the cornerstone of non-surgical treatment for all people with knee OA. ...
Exploring remote models of physiotherapy service delivery for people with osteoarthritis
Knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) is highly prevalent and has a significant burden on both the individual sufferer and society. All current clinical guidelines recommend education and exercise for management of OA, however ...
Physical function and sternal management following cardiac surgery via median sternotomy
Median sternotomy is the most common incision used in cardiac surgery worldwide with more than a million procedures operated annually (Epstein et al, 2011; Go et al, 2014), due to its ease of performance and provision of ...
Influence of female pubertal development and athletic footwear on lower limb biomechanics: implications for non-contact ACL injury and patellofemoral pain
Adolescent girls are susceptible to knee injuries such as non-contact anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture and patellofemoral pain (PFP). Adolescence is synonymous with pubertal development which drives substantial ...
Falls risk assessment and prevention in the acute hospital setting
Falls are a major public health problem. They can have physical and psychological sequelae and may impose an economic burden for the patient, family, carers, staff and the healthcare system. Although much of the focus ...
Toward relationship-centred care: patient-physiotherapist interaction in private practice
Interacting with patients is integral to the practice of physiotherapy. Notably, however, empirically derived knowledge about how physiotherapists interact with their patients is limited, particularly in the private practice ...
Neuromuscular and biomechanical adaptations associated with chronic low back pain
Neuromuscular adaptations are a hallmark presentation of chronic low back pain (CLBP). People with CLBP have demonstrated trunk muscle co-contraction, trunk muscle weakness and decreased lumbar range of motion (ROM). The ...