Team profiles

Dr Alison Rushton

Dr Alison Rushton

Reader in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Sciences,
Deputy Director and Research Co-Lead, Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine),
School Lead for Postgraduate Taught programmes, Programme Leader MSc Exercise and Sports Medicine (Football) programmes

School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dr Alison Rushton is Deputy Director and Research Co-Lead of the Centre of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine). CPR Spine was established at the University of Birmingham in 2016 following a ~£1M investment awarded to Professor Falla and Dr Alison Rushton. The aim of the Centre is to identify personalised management approaches for spinal pain taking into consideration the multidimensional nature of spinal pain.

Alison’s research is at the forefront of enhancing our understanding of the assessment and management of musculoskeletal and spinal pain disorders to inform precision rehabilitation. Within the School we are developing and validating new assessment protocols which offer new opportunities to objectively characterise the presentation of patients presenting with musculoskeletal pain of spinal and traumatic origin, to enable appropriate identification of patient-specific safe targeted interventions. Effective targeted rehabilitation can enable improved effectiveness (clinical and cost) as it identifies which patients to target with specific rehabilitation approaches, and therefore enables more effective use of rehabilitation resources.

Alison is also a Senior Primary Investigator for the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction & Microbiology Research Centre.

Find more information on Dr Alison Rushton and a list of her publications