Martin Rabey

Martin Rabey
Curtin University · School of Allied Health

PhD, FACP, MManipTh, BSc(Hons)Phty

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Introduction
Martin Rabey is currently a University Associate at Curtin University, Western Australia. Martin does research in Physiotherapy and Pain Science.
Additional affiliations
July 2016 - present
Guernsey
Position
  • Private Practitioner
August 2015 - June 2016
Neuroscience Research Australia
Position
  • Research Assistant
January 2012 - January 2015
Curtin University
Position
  • Teaching Academic
Education
January 2012 - June 2016
Curtin University
Field of study
May 2009 - May 2009
Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (By Specialisation)
Field of study
February 2007 - October 2007
University of Southampton
Field of study
  • Injection Therapy

Publications

Publications (57)
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Background Picking objects off the floor is provocative for people with chronic low back pain (CLBP). There are no clinically applicable methods evaluating movement strategies for this task. The relationship between strategy and multidimensional profiles is unknown. Objective Develop a movement evaluation tool (MET) to examine movement strategies...
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Importance: The effects of altered neural processing, defined as altering neural networks responsible for perceptions of pain and function, on chronic pain remains unclear. Objective: To estimate the effect of a graded sensorimotor retraining intervention (RESOLVE) on pain intensity in people with chronic low back pain. Design, setting, and par...
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Objectives We investigated whether a 12-min walk test (12MWT) yielded exercise-induced pain threshold modulation (EIPM) within people with persistent pain and whether baseline self-report and pain sensitivity measures differed according to these responses. Design Cross-sectional study. Methods Two cohorts (tertiary/community) (n = 88) with persis...
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: Explaining the onset and maintenance of pain can be challenging in many clinical presentations. Allostasis encompasses the mechanisms through which humans adapt to stressors to maintain physiological stability. Due to related neuro-endocrine-immune system effects, allostasis and allostatic load (the cumulative effects on the brain and body that...
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Background: Back pain is complex. Social support and significant other interactions influence the pain experience. Purpose: To statistically derive subgroups of people with chronic low back pain based upon their interactions with significant others, and profile subgroups across multidimensional variables. Research Design: Longitudinal cohort study....
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The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is often considered to be involved when people present for care with low back pain where SIJ is located. However, determining why the pain has arisen can be challenging, especially in the absence of a specific cause such as pregnancy, disease, or trauma, when the SIJ might be identified as a source of symptoms with the he...
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Objectives: The relationship of pain sensitivity with pain and disability in low back pain (LBP) is complicated. It has been suggested increased understanding of dynamic quantitative sensory testing (QST) might be useful in increasing understanding of these relationships. This study aimed to create subgroups based on participant responses to dynam...
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Background and Aims Higher chronic pain acceptance is associated with lower pain and disability. Clinician beliefs are associated with patients’ beliefs. This study therefore aimed to develop the Chronic Pain Acceptance Questionnaire for Clinicians (CPAQ-C) to measure clinicians’ beliefs regarding the importance of levels of acceptance in patients...
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Introduction Research on musculoskeletal disorders indicates that pain sensitivity can be an important consideration for musculoskeletal clinicians in the holistic view of a patient presentation. However, diversity in research findings in this field can make this a difficult concept for clinicians to navigate. Limited integration of the concept of...
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Background Strength deficits are often reported in people with rotator cuff related shoulder pain. However, these have mainly been tested in athletic populations and pain interference with testing has not been considered. Objectives To examine strength without pain interference in non-athletic people with rotator cuff related shoulder pain and its...
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Background and aims Rotator cuff related shoulder pain has been associated with factors from multiple dimensions such as strength changes, psychosocial measures, comorbidities and level of education. However, to date little research has been undertaken to evaluate which factors explain the greatest variance in pain and disability levels in people w...
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The sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is often considered to be involved when people present for care with low back pain where the sacroiliac joint (SIJ) is located. However, determining why the pain has arisen can be challenging, especially in the absence of a specific cause such as pregnancy, disease, or trauma, where the SIJ may be identified as a source o...
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Background and aims Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is a complex disorder where central and peripheral nociceptive processes are influenced by factors from multiple dimensions associated with CLBP (e.g. movement, pain sensitivity, psychological). To date, outcomes for treatments matched to unidimensional subgroups (e.g. psychologically-based) have bee...
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Background Investigation of movement and sensory profiles across STarT Back risk subgroups. Methods A chronic low back pain cohort (n=290) were classified as low, medium or high risk using the STarT Back Tool, and completed a repeated spinal bending task and quantitative sensory testing. Pain summation, time taken and the number of protective beha...
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Questions: In people with chronic non-specific low back pain (LBP), what is the predictive and discriminative validity of the STarT Back Tool (SBT) for pain intensity, self-reported LBP-related disability, and global self-perceived change at 1-year follow-up? What is the profile of the SBT risk subgroups with respect to demographic variables, pain...
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Objectives: To derive prognostic models for people with chronic low back pain (CLBP) (n=294) based upon an extensive array of potentially prognostic multidimensional factors. Materials and methods: This study entered multidimensional data (demographics, pain characteristics, pain responses to movement, behaviors associated with pain, pain sensit...
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Study Design Single-case report with repeated measures over 18 months. Background Management of persistent low back pain (PLBP) associated with high pain-related fear is complex. This single-case report aims to provide clinicians with an insight to the process of change in a person with PLBP and high bending-related fear, managed with an individual...
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Background and aims: Provocative pain responses following standardised protocols of repeated sagittal plane spinal bending have not been reported in people with chronic low back pain (CLBP). Potential differing pain responses to movement likely reflect complex sensorimotor interactions influenced by physical, psychological and neurophysiological f...
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With conflicting evidence regarding the effectiveness of manual therapy calls have arisen within some quarters of the physiotherapy profession challenging the continued use of manual skills for assessment and treatment. A reconceptualisation of the importance of manual examination findings is put forward, based upon a contemporary understanding of...
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Introduction: Low back pain is the leading worldwide cause of disability, and results in significant personal hardship. Most available treatments, when tested in high-quality randomised, controlled trials, achieve only modest improvements in pain, at best. Recently, treatments that target central nervous system function have been developed and tes...
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Perspective: Several lines of evidence suggest that body perception might be disturbed in people with chronic low back pain, possibly contributing to the condition and offering a potential target for treatment. The Fremantle Back Awareness Questionnaire was developed as a quick and simple way of measuring back specific body-perception in people wi...
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Objectives: To explore the existence of subgroups in a cohort with chronic low back pain (n=294) based upon data from multiple psychological questionnaires, and profile subgroups on data from multiple dimensions. Methods: Psychological questionnaires considered as indicator variables entered into latent class analysis included: Depression, Anxie...
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The objectives of this study were to explore the existence of subgroups in a cohort with chronic low back pain (n=294) based upon results of multimodal sensory testing, and profile subgroups on demographic, psychological, lifestyle, and general health factors. Bedside (two-point discrimination; brush/vibration/pinprick perception; temporal summatio...
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The objectives of this study were to explore the existence of subgroups in a cohort with chronic low back pain (n 5 294) based on the results of multimodal sensory testing and profile subgroups on demographic, psychological, lifestyle, and general health factors. Bedside (2-point discrimination, brush, vibration and pinprick perception, temporal su...
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People with chronic pain may exhibit pro-nociceptive phenotypes characterised partly by reduced conditioned pain modulation (CPM). Characterising variability in CPM in people with chronic low back pain (CLBP) may inform management. To investigate pro/anti-nociceptive effects of a CPM protocol in age/sex-matched healthy controls (HCs) and people wit...
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Classifying patients with chronic low back pain (CLBP) may facilitate targeted treatment, and optimise outcomes. Most classification systems (CS) do not consider multiple, interacting dimensions (for example, psychological or movement dimensions) involved in the lived experience of people with CLBP. A framework incorporating these multiple dimensio...
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Background and purposeNirschl's lateral epicondylalgia (LE) classification appears prognostic but is based upon an outdated model of tendinopathy. Psychosocial factors which may negatively influence treatment outcomes, central nervous system mediated hypersensitivity and motor impairment all occur in epicondylalgia. This study examines psychosocial...
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The self-report Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs (S-LANSS) and Douleur Neuropathique 4 Questions (DN4) neuropathic pain screening tools have been shown to be reliable, valid, and able to differentiate neuropathic pain from inflammatory or mixed pain syndromes. However, no studies have compared these tools to determine whether thei...
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Background: The "snapping" biceps femoris tendon is an unusual cause of lateral knee pain. Two cases, documented here, stimulated a systematic review in order to determine whether it was possible to synthesise a set of common presenting signs for this condition, and to determine the optimal intervention for this presentation. Methods: Detailed desc...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the scepticism that persists among medics regarding appropriateness of some aspects of services provided by extended scope physiotherapists (ESPs). This paper aims to highlight the extent and appropriateness of surgical and radiological referrals by ESPs working in an adult orthopaedic service. Desi...
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Various schools of thought in physiotherapy lead to a variety of approaches to similar problems. Ideally, symptoms such as pain should be treated by a multi-dimensional approach.

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