Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 22524
Fax: (905) 524-0069
Office: Rm 403D, IAHS
Theme Researchers (for more information about the theme researchers click on their names below; OR to see a list of their citations in PubMed click on the link to the right of their name).
Anita Gross - Citations on PubMed
Joy MacDermid - Citation on PubMed
Michael Pierrynowski - Citations on PubMed
Vickie Galea - Citations on PubMed
Linda Woodhouse - Citations on PubMed
David Walton - Citations on PubMed
Charlie Goldsmith - Citations on PubMed
Overview of Theme
This research theme addresses issues around physical impairment and disability arising from conditions that affect the upper limb and neck. We develop improved methods of clinical assessment and treatment, as well as investigate predictors of disability. Our study designs include lab-based studies of physical impairment, clinical trials, and cohort studies. We conduct studies with a common focus of measuring and understanding the biologic, personal, work, and environmental factors that contribute to development of pain and disability in the hand, arm, and neck, and identifying the most effective rehabilitative interventions to mitigate these problems. Our research groups address neck pain from a biological approach (HaNSA) and through Cochrane reviews (COGS).
Graduate Student Opportunities
We are currently accepting both Master and PhD students for supervision.
MacHAND(McMaster University Hand, Arm, Neck Disability) Lab
MacHANd (McMaster University Hand, Arm, Nerve Group) – An interdisciplinary team promoting excellence in education, clinical service & research for hand and upper limb injuries.
ICON(International Collaboration On Neck pain) - An international group of researchers collaborating on neck pain projects.
HaNSA (Head and Neck, Shoulder & Arm Research Group) – An interdisciplinary team of clinical scientists committed to evaluating, promoting and delivering effective therapy for neck pain.
COG (Cervical Overview Group) – A group that conducts Cochrane reviews of therapy for patients with neck pain.
Click here to view the current projects
Tools/Products of our Research
Open Access Publications from our Research
Daraz L, MacDermid JC, Wilkins S, Gibson J, Shaw L. The quality of websites addressing fibromyalgia: an assessment of quality and readability using standardised tools. BMJ Open. 2011 Jan 1;1(1):e000152. Epub 2011 Jul 31.
Roy JS, Desmeules F, MacDermid JC. Psychometric properties of presenteeism scales for musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review. J Rehabil Med. 2011 Jan;43(1):23-31. Click Here
Roy JS, Ma B, Macdermid JC, Woodhouse LJ. Shoulder muscle endurance: the development of a standardized and reliable protocol. Sports Med ArthroscRehabilTher Technol. 2011 Jan 11;3(1):1.
Roy JS, MacDermid JC, Amick BC 3rd, Shannon HS, McMurtry R, Roth JH, Grewal R, Tang K, Beaton D. Validity and responsiveness of presenteeism scales in chronic work-related upper-extremity disorders. PhysTher. 2011 Feb;91(2):254-66. Epub 2011 Jan 6.
Shi Q, MacDermid JC. Is surgical intervention more effective than non-surgical treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome? A systematic review. J OrthopSurg Res. 2011 Apr 11;6:17.
Bashardoust Tajali S, Macdermid JC, Houghton P, Grewal R. Effects of low power laser irradiation on bone healing in animals: a meta-analysis. J OrthopSurg Res. 2010 Jan 4;5:1.
Roy JS, MacDermid JC, Goel D, Faber KJ, Athwal GS, Drosdowech DS. What is a Successful Outcome Following Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty? Open Orthop J. 2010 Apr 23;4:157-63.
Roy JS, Moffet H, McFadyen BJ, MacDermid JC. The kinematics of upper extremity reaching: a reliability study on people with and without shoulder impingement syndrome. Sports Med ArthroscRehabilTher Technol. 2010 Mar 23;2:8.
Roy JS, MacDermid JC, Woodhouse LJ. Measuring shoulder function: a systematic review of four questionnaires. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 May 15;61(5):623-32.
Roy JS, Macdermid JC, Boyd KU, Faber KJ, Drosdowech D, Athwal GS.Rotational strength, range of motion, and function in people with unaffected shoulders from various stages of life. Sports Med ArthroscRehabilTher Technol. 2009 Mar 2;1:4.
Traynor R, MacDermid JC. Immersion in Cold-Water Evaluation (ICE) and self-reported cold intolerance are reliable but unrelated measures. Hand (N Y). 2008 Sep;3(3):212-9. Epub 2008 Feb 6.
MacDermid, JC, Ghobrial M, Quirion KB, St-Amour M, Tsui T, Humphreys D, McCluskie J, Shewayhat E, Galea V. Validation of a new test that assesses functional performance of the upper extremity and neck (FIT- HaNSA ) in patients with shoulder pathology. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2007 May 17;8(1):42
Graham N, Gross AR, Goldsmith C; Cervical Overview Group. Mechanical traction for mechanical neck disorders: a systematic review. J Rehabil Med. 2006 May;38(3):145-52.
MacDermid JC, Holtby R, Razmjou H, Bryant D, JOINTS Canada. All-arthroscopic versus mini-open repair of small or moderate-sized rotator cuff tears: A protocol for a randomized trial [NCT00128076]. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006, 7:25
MacDermid JC, Solomon P, Prkachin K: The Shoulder Pain and Disability Index demonstrates factor, construct and longitudinal validity. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2006, 10; 7(1):12.
Razmjou H, Bean A, van Osnabrugge V, MacDermid JC, Holtby R. Cross-sectional and longitudinal construct validity of two rotator cuff disease-specific outcome measures. BMC MusculoskeletDisord. 2006 Mar 13;7:26.
Harris JE, MacDermid JC, Roth J. The International Classification of Functioning as an explanatory model of health after distal radius fracture: a cohort study. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2005 Nov 16;3:73.
FIT- HaNSA Protocol
Pain and Disability Scales and User Manuals:
Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) Measure
Patient-Rated Wrist/Hand Evaluation (PRWHE) Measure
Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) User Manual
Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation (PREE) Measure
Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation (PREE) User Manual
Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) Measure
Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) User Manual
Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) Measure – German Version
Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) Measure – Brazilian version
Patient-Rated Elbow Evaluation (PREE) Measure – German Version
Readiness to Change Clinical Practice Scale
Patient Specific Participation Scale
Department of Surgery, McMaster University
Hand and Upper Limb Centre, St. Joseph 's Health Centre London
Joint Orthopaedic Initiative for National Trials of the Shoulder – Canada (JOINTS Canada)