My primary area of research is assessment and treatment of neck pain. The wider field of research is musculoskeletal physiotherapy, which is also my clinical specialty.
I study the characteristics of neck movement in patients with chronic neck pain as compared to individuals with no pain. My main experimental tool consists of a virtual reality system which was developed for analysis of neck motion and training of impaired movement when identified. The VR system allows us to track head motion, while the patient plays virtual games controlled by his head motion. This area of research is a relatively young field and has the potential to help us answer many clinical questions, such as: How is the quality of movement affected by neck pain? Can we train and improve impairments in neck movements? Does it directly relate to the patients complaints and function?
Fortunately, we have started to reveal parts of these gaps in our understanding of neck pain and its effect on motion, and there is a great need for further research in this field.
Other clinical research questions relate to functional testing. We have investigated the validity of peroneal muscle testing, heel raise test, and look forward into exploring other commonly used clinical tests, aiming to improve testing protocols and implement them with more accurate and valid components.
My most important collaborations are with Dr. Julia Treleaven from the University of Queensland, Australia, in the field of neck pain, and with Prof. Jeremy Lewis from the London Shoulder Clinic, who is a leading researcher in the field of shoulder assessment and management.
Past research projects
- Development, reliability, and sensitivity of dynamic neck motion assessment using a customized VR system.
- Analysis of neck motion kinematics in patients with neck pain vs. asymptomatics.
- The effect of kinematic training on neck pain, disability and motion.
- Evaluation of peronei muscle testing protocol
- Evaluation of muscle forces around the elbow in climbers
- Reliability of shoulder symptom modification procedure
Current research projects
- Home training for patients with neck pain
- Development of a new balance assessment by a smart phone application
- The relationship between forward head posture and neck pain
- The biomechanical model of Stand-up paddling.
- Characteristics of the Israeli runner, and risk factors to injury
Future research projects
- Neck pain in fighter pilots
- New technological tools for VR assessment and training
- The heel raise test in athletes
- A new classification of neck pain