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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Currently Enrolling Studies

Current Studies:

  • Posture Exercise Intervention Study
  • Physical Therapy Movement Abilities Study

Posture Exercise Intervention Study

 
Don’t stand as straight and tall as you used to?

Take steps to improve your posture!

Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) are offering two research studies that investigate the effects of exercise on stooped posture, known as hyperkyphosis. Studies are open to both men and women and meet to exercise in a small group led by a physical therapist.
You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are 60 years or older
  • Have noticed you don’t stand as straight and tall as you used to
  • Can walk at least a ¼ block without using a cane or walker
  • Do not have any chronic medical condition that may prevent you from participating in an exercise program
     

There is no cost to participate. Transportation and parking vouchers for visits are available.

SHEAF Study
The purpose of this study is to learn about the effects of specific spinal muscle strengthening exercises as compared to usual care on hyperkyphosis, physical function, muscle strength and quality of life. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to the strengthening group or the usual care control group.

  • Exercise groups will meet for one hour, 3 days a week, for 6 months.
  • Groups will meet at the PhysFit Health and Wellness Center at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus
  • Participants who complete the SHEAF study will receive a $100 gift card.
     

To find out if you are eligible for this study, click HERE or call (415) 514-6776. 

 

SCOR Kyphosis Project
The purpose of this study is to learn about the effects of specific spinal muscle strengthening exercises on kyphosis. We will also investigate the differences in the effects of exercise between men and women.

  • Exercise groups meet for one hour, twice a week, for 3 months.
  • Groups will meet at the UCSF Osher Center.
  • Participants who complete the SCOR study will receive a $50 gift card.

 

To find out if you are eligible for this study, click HERE or call (415) 514-6776.

 

Physical Therapy Movement Abilities Study

Are you starting physical therapy?

Can you read and understand English?

Can you complete two questionnaires up to three times? 

If yes, then we invite you to participate in our study: Mind the Gap - Targeting Differences in Patients' Current and Preferred Abilities.

Our questionnaires ask you how well you think you move now, and how well you would like to be able to move. We want to know if using this information can help us focus therapy on the outcomes you value most.

If you decide to participate, you will come to your first and last physical therapy appointments up to 40 minutes ahead of time to complete two questionnaires. You may complete the questionnaires another time from home two months after your final appointment. The total time commitment is about 1½ hours. You can join the study if you:

  • are 18 years or older;
  • can read English;
  • can comprehend and follow instructions to complete the questionnaires;
  • and agree to allow us to copy information from your physical therapy record into a file without any identifying information on it, and then compare coded information with responses to your questionnaires.
     

Deciding not to participate does not affect your physical therapy or other health care in any way. If you want to participate, please see the Recruitment Flyer and contact us at (415) 514‐6963.