Sensorimotor Training Study (sponsored by the University of Bath)
We recruited patients for a study to investigate whether a type of movement therapy, called sensorimotor training, can relieve pain in people with CRPS of the arm or hand. Initial studies with small numbers of people with CRPS suggest that sensorimotor training can relieve pain, and we would like to test the therapy against control treatment with a larger number of participants.
We recruited people with CRPS that primarily affects one upper limb (hand or arm) for the study.
The study involved four research sessions spread over 11 weeks, which took place at the research centres in Bath or Oxford, or in the participant's own home. During the research sessions, we checked the symptoms of the participants as well as asked them to complete some computerised tests of sensation and movement performance. Participants underwent two weeks of either real or control sensorimotor training, which they did in their own home. We also sent the participants questionnaires three and six months after the training, so that we can understand any long term effects of the treatment.