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Sparkes, Valerie


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Valerie Sparkes

School of Healthcare Sciences


029 2068 7560

029 2068 7685



Relevant Key Words:

Spinal pain and dysfunction. Muscle and disc changes


Research Expertise relevant to tissue engineering & repair:

Back pain: with special interest into muscle recovery related to function after back surgery. Fat infiltration into muscle following injury and muscle recovery. Regeneration of muscle size related to pain reduction following back pain. Imaging multifidus muscle in the lumbar spine  and transversus abdominus in the abdomen. Identification of somatic and visceral pain related to the thoracic spine. Movement patterns in back pain patients 


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