Contracture is a stiffening of the joints that accompanies a wide range of movement disorders, including stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy. It is a major cause of disability and deformity in these populations.
Our research examines the mechanisms of contracture in human muscles using novel biomechanical methods. We also conduct epidemiological studies to quantify the prevalence and incidence of contracture, and predict people who are most likely to develop contracture, and we conduct clinical trials to investigate the effectiveness of interventions designed to prevent and treat contracture.
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ORCID ID: 0000-0003-4188-9195
Professor Rob Herbert initially trained as a physiotherapist. He completed a PhD under the supervision of Professor Simon Gandevia. Subsequently Rob and Simon have collaborated on research projects investigating fundamental physiological mechanisms and mechanisms of motor impairment for nearly 15 years. Rob also has an interest in clinical research and conducts randomised trials investigating the effects of physical interventions for motor impairment. He was a founding Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, which maintains the PEDro database (www.pedro.org.au), a unique database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.