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Academic Biography

Dr Cormac Ryan is a Reader in Physiotherapy at Teesside University. He graduated from the University of Limerick in 2002 with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and completed an MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.

He was awarded his PhD from the Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008 where he looked at the relationship between physical activity and chronic lower back pain.

Before coming to Teesside in September 2010 he was a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Cormac has published over thirty peer-reviewed journal articles and obtained more the £650,000 in competitive funding. Cormac is the editor in chief of Pain and rehabilitation - the journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, a peer-review journal with a 20 year history. Cormac is also the current chair of the Physiotherapy Research Society and co-lead of the North East of England hub of the Council for Allied Health Professionals Research.

Summary of Research Interests

Cormac's research interests are primarily in the area of chronic pain, its impact on patients and interventions to manage the condition. These fit within the Rehabilitation sciences theme of HSCI. Cormac's other key research interest is physical activity and physical activity monitoring with an emphasis on the measurement of sedentary behaviour and strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour. Other areas of interest inclide the bio-psychosocial model of rehabilitation, chronic low back pain, return-to-work, pain education and the role of the patient therapist relationship.

Current Projects:

An exploration of the experiences and educational needs of patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome receiving spinal cord stimulation. (obtained December 2014). Funder: Medtronics LTD.

Principal Investigator: Dr Cormac Ryan PhD

Co applicants: Professor Sam Eldabe, Dr Raymond Chadwick PhD, Professor Denis Martin

Amount: £9,944

North East Regional Back Pain Pathway (Obtained December 2014)

Funder: The Health Foundation

Principal Investigator: Martin Phillips (Chief Executive NHS Darlington CCG)

Co applicants: Teesside University co applicants are Dr Sharon Hamilton PhD, Dr Cormac Ryan PhD, Dr Dono Widiatmoko PhD and Professor Denis Martin

Amount: £500,000

Exploring re-conceptualisation of pain as a mechanism underlying the effects of pain neurophysiology education for back pain: a qualitative study. (Obtained Jan 2014)

Funder: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Scheme B)

Principal Investigator: Mr. Richard King

Co applicants: Dr. Cormac Ryan Ph.D (Supervisor), Mrs. Victoria Robinson, Professor Denis Martin.

Amount: £16,719.23

Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS) for patients with upper limb complex regional pain syndrome: A feasibility study. (Obtained 2013)

Funder: British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cormac Ryan PhD.

Co applicants: Professor Denis Martin, Professor Mark Johnson, Dr. David Punt, Mr. Richard King, Mrs Victoria Robinson, Professor Christian Gruneberg, Professor Hubert Dinse.

Amount: £19,455

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 2001 2019

An exploration of the experiences and educational needs of patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome receiving spinal cord stimulation.

Ryan, C., Eldabe, S., Chadwick, R., Jones, S., Button, H., Brookes, M. E. & Martin, D., 11 Apr 2019, In : Neuromodulation. 22, 3, p. 295-301

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Pain
Interviews
Minor Surgical Procedures

A Study Protocol for an Investigation of the effectiveness of the Pain Toolkit for people with low back pain: a double blind randomised controlled trial

Findley, G., Ryan, C., Cartwright, A. & Martin, D., 4 Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : BMJ Open. p. 1-22 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Low Back Pain
Randomized Controlled Trials
Pain
Outcome Assessment (Health Care)
Back Pain
14 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
File
Students
Delivery of Health Care
Education
Pain
Pain Management

Exploring the origin of low back pain subclassification: A scoping review protocol

Jess, M-A., Hamilton, S., Ryan, C., Wellburn, S. & Martin, D., 14 Aug 2019, In : JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports. 17, 8, p. 1600-1606 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Low Back Pain
Social Problems
MEDLINE
Economics
Databases
55 Downloads (Pure)

Left/right limb judgement task performance following total knee replacement

Rosser, C. A., Punt, T. D. & Ryan, C., 24 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. 32, 1, p. 77-84 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Knee Replacement Arthroplasties
Task Performance and Analysis
Extremities
Body Image
Rehabilitation

Press / Media

Muscle pain increases heart disease risk

Cormac Ryan

10/03/14

1 item of Media coverage

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Persistent musculoskeletal pain tackled

Cormac Ryan & Denis Martin

25/08/14

1 item of Media coverage

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Researchers find link between chronic pain and heart disease

Cormac Ryan

5/03/14

2 items of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Researchers link muscle pain with increased heart disease risk

Cormac Ryan

3/03/14

1 item of Media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media