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Associations of Muscle Strength with Central Aspects of Pain: Data from the Knee Pain and Related Health in the Community (KPIC) Cohort (2023)
Journal Article
McWilliams, D. F., Yue, B., Smith, S. L., Stocks, J., Doherty, M., Valdes, A. M., …Walsh, D. A. (2023). Associations of Muscle Strength with Central Aspects of Pain: Data from the Knee Pain and Related Health in the Community (KPIC) Cohort. Journal of Personalized Medicine, 13(10), Article 1450. https://doi.org/10.3390/jpm13101450

Knee pain is associated with lower muscle strength, and both contribute to disability. Peripheral and central neurological mechanisms contribute to OA pain. Understanding the relative contributions of pain mechanisms to muscle strength might help fut... Read More about Associations of Muscle Strength with Central Aspects of Pain: Data from the Knee Pain and Related Health in the Community (KPIC) Cohort.

The bidirectional relationship between chronic joint pain and frailty: data from the Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing cohort (2023)
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Chaplin, W. J., McWilliams, D. F., Millar, B. S., Gladman, J. R. F., & Walsh, D. A. (2023). The bidirectional relationship between chronic joint pain and frailty: data from the Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing cohort. BMC Geriatrics, 23(1), Article 273. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-023-03949-4

Background: Pain and frailty are associated, but this relationship is insufficiently understood. We aimed to test whether there is a unidirectional or bidirectional relationship between joint pain and frailty. Methods: Data were from Investigating Mu... Read More about The bidirectional relationship between chronic joint pain and frailty: data from the Investigating Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing cohort.

Inflammatory and Noninflammatory Disease Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Effect of Pain on Personalized Medicine (2023)
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McWilliams, D. F., & Walsh, D. A. (2023). Inflammatory and Noninflammatory Disease Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Effect of Pain on Personalized Medicine. Journal of Rheumatology, 50(6), 721-723. https://doi.org/10.3899/jrheum.230158

Disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often described in terms of inflammation, although noninflammatory mechanisms are also integral to the disease. Pain is the most important symptom for many people with RA, and is therefore a key compo... Read More about Inflammatory and Noninflammatory Disease Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: The Effect of Pain on Personalized Medicine.

Central pain mechanisms predict physical inactivity at 1-year in individuals with knee pain (2022)
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Habib, M., Smith, S., Chaplin, W., Millar, B., McWilliams, D., & Walsh, D. (2022). Central pain mechanisms predict physical inactivity at 1-year in individuals with knee pain. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 30(Sup 1), S379. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2022.02.511

Purpose: Pain is the primary clinical manifestation in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA). It is an unpleasant and distressing experience, particularly during weight-bearing activities, inhibiting activity, and reducing quality of life. Two groups... Read More about Central pain mechanisms predict physical inactivity at 1-year in individuals with knee pain.

Exploring the disparity between inflammation and disability in the 10-year outcomes of people with rheumatoid arthritis (2022)
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Gwinnutt, J. M., Norton, S., Hyrich, K. L., Lunt, M., Combe, B., Rincheval, N., …Verstappen, S. M. (2022). Exploring the disparity between inflammation and disability in the 10-year outcomes of people with rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatology, 61(12), 4687–4701. https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keac137

OBJECTIVES: To identify groups of people with RA with different disability trajectories over 10 years, despite comparable levels of inflammation. METHODS: Data for this analysis came from three European prospective cohort studies of people with RA [N... Read More about Exploring the disparity between inflammation and disability in the 10-year outcomes of people with rheumatoid arthritis.

Fatigue in early rheumatoid arthritis: data from the Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Network (2021)
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Ifesemen, O. S., McWilliams, D. F., Norton, S., Kiely, P. D. W., Young, A., & Walsh, D. A. (2022). Fatigue in early rheumatoid arthritis: data from the Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Network. Rheumatology, 61(9), 3737-3745. https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab947

OBJECTIVES: Fatigue is a disabling symptom in people with RA. This study aims to describe the prevalence, risk factors and longitudinal course of fatigue in early RA. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, quality of life (QoL), comorbidities and laboratory... Read More about Fatigue in early rheumatoid arthritis: data from the Early Rheumatoid Arthritis Network.

The efficacy of systemic glucocorticosteroids for pain in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis (2021)
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McWilliams, D. F., Thankaraj, D., Jones-Diette, J., Morgan, R., Ifesemen, O. S., Shenker, N. G., & Walsh, D. A. (2022). The efficacy of systemic glucocorticosteroids for pain in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Rheumatology, 61(1), 76-89. https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab503

Objectives: Glucocorticosteroids (GCs) are recommended to suppress inflammation in people with active RA. This systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to quantify the effects of systemic GCs on RA pain. Methods: A systematic literature review of ra... Read More about The efficacy of systemic glucocorticosteroids for pain in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis.

Central Aspects of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (CAP-RA): protocol for a prospective observational study (2021)
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Ifesemen, O., McWilliams, D. F., Ferguson, E., Wakefield, R., Akin-Akinyosoye, K., Wilson, D., …Walsh, D. A. (2021). Central Aspects of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (CAP-RA): protocol for a prospective observational study. BMC Rheumatology, 5(1), Article 23. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41927-021-00187-2

Background: Pain and fatigue are persistent problems in people with rheumatoid arthritis. Central sensitisation (CS) may contribute to pain and fatigue, even when treatment has controlled inflammatory disease. This study aims to validate a self-repor... Read More about Central Aspects of Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (CAP-RA): protocol for a prospective observational study.

The patient acceptable symptom state for knee pain - a systematic literature review and meta-analysis (2021)
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Georgopoulos, V., Smith, S., McWilliams, D., Vincent, T., Watt, F., & Walsh, D. (2021). The patient acceptable symptom state for knee pain - a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 29(Suppl. 1), S52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2021.02.076

Purpose: Knee pain is highly prevalent, most commonly attributed to osteoarthritis in older people, and in younger people often due to internal derangements. Knee pain can be measured using numerical patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs). Several... Read More about The patient acceptable symptom state for knee pain - a systematic literature review and meta-analysis.

Contribution of nerves within osteochondral channels to osteoarthritis knee pain in humans and rats (2020)
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Aso, K., Shahtaheri, S. M., Hill, R., Wilson, D., McWilliams, D. F., Nwosu, L. N., …Walsh, D. A. (2020). Contribution of nerves within osteochondral channels to osteoarthritis knee pain in humans and rats. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2020.05.010

© 2020 Osteoarthritis Research Society International Objectives: Subchondral bone may contribute to knee osteoarthritis (OA) pain. Nerve growth factor (NGF) can stimulate nerve growth through TrkA. We aimed to identify how sensory nerve growth at the... Read More about Contribution of nerves within osteochondral channels to osteoarthritis knee pain in humans and rats.

Investigating musculoskeletal health and wellbeing; A cohort study protocol (2020)
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Millar, B., McWilliams, D. F., Abhishek, A., Akin-Akinyosoye, K., Auer, D. P., Chapman, V., …Walsh, D. A. (2020). Investigating musculoskeletal health and wellbeing; A cohort study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 21(1), Article 182. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-020-03195-4

© 2020 The Author(s). Background: In an ageing population, pain, frailty and disability frequently coexist across a wide range of musculoskeletal diagnoses, but their associations remain incompletely understood. The Investigating Musculoskeletal Heal... Read More about Investigating musculoskeletal health and wellbeing; A cohort study protocol.

Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedents and sequelae (2019)
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McWilliams, D. F., Rahman, S., James, R., Ferguson, E., Kiely, P., Young, A., & Walsh, D. (2019). Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedents and sequelae. BMC Rheumatology, 3, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41927-019-0100-9

Background RA flares are common and disabling. They are described in terms of worsening inflammation but pain and inflammation are often discordant. To inform treatment decisions, we investigated whether inflammatory and pain flares are discrete ent... Read More about Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedents and sequelae.

PAIN AND FATIGUE IN EARLY RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS - A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY (2019)
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Ifesemen, O., McWilliams, D., Young, A., Kiely, P., & Walsh, D. (2019, September). PAIN AND FATIGUE IN EARLY RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS - A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY. Poster presented at 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation EFIC, Valencia, Spain

O.S. Ifesemen, D.F. McWilliams, A. Young, P.D.W. Kiely, D.A. Walsh Background and Aims Pain and fatigue are prevalent and impair quality of life in people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). They might be caused by multiple and overlapping mechanis... Read More about PAIN AND FATIGUE IN EARLY RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS - A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY.

Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedants and sequelae (2019)
Presentation / Conference
McWilliams, D., Rahman, S., James, R., Ferguson, E., Kiely, P., Young, A., & Walsh, D. (2019, April). Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedants and sequelae. Poster presented at Rheumatology 2019

Background RA flares are common and disabling. They are described in terms of worsening pain, swelling, or other symptoms. We aimed to determine characteristics, antecedants and sequelae of painful and inflammatory flare subtypes during the first 11... Read More about Disease Activity Flares and Pain Flares in an early rheumatoid arthritis inception cohort; characteristics, antecedants and sequelae.

Associations of symptomatic knee OA with histopathologic features in subchondral bone (2019)
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McWilliams, D. F., shahtaheri, S., Walsh, D. A., Aso, K., Wilson, D., & Hill, R. (2019). Associations of symptomatic knee OA with histopathologic features in subchondral bone. Arthritis and Rheumatology, 71(6), 916-924. https://doi.org/10.1002/art.40820

© 2019, American College of Rheumatology Objective: Subchondral bone and the osteochondral junction are thought to contribute to osteoarthritis (OA) knee pain. We undertook this study to identify osteochondral pathologies specifically associated with... Read More about Associations of symptomatic knee OA with histopathologic features in subchondral bone.

Discrete trajectories of resolving and persistent pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis despite undergoing treatment for inflammation: results from three UK cohorts (2019)
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McWilliams, D. F., Dawson, O., Young, A., Kiely, P., Ferguson, E., & Walsh, D. A. (2019). Discrete trajectories of resolving and persistent pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis despite undergoing treatment for inflammation: results from three UK cohorts. Journal of Pain, 20(6), 716-727. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2019.01.001

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an example of human chronic inflammatory pain. Modern treatments suppress inflammation, yet pain remains a major problem for many people with RA. We hypothesised that discrete RA subgroups might display favourable or unfa... Read More about Discrete trajectories of resolving and persistent pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis despite undergoing treatment for inflammation: results from three UK cohorts.

Analgesic effects of the cathepsin K inhibitor L-006235 in the monosodium iodoacetate model of osteoarthritis pain (2018)
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Nwosu, L. N., Gowler, P. R., Burston, J. J., Rizoska, B., Tunblad, K., Lindström, E., …Chapman, V. (2018). Analgesic effects of the cathepsin K inhibitor L-006235 in the monosodium iodoacetate model of osteoarthritis pain. PAIN Reports, 3(6), Article 685. https://doi.org/10.1097/PR9.0000000000000685

© 2018 The Author(s). Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of The International Association for the Study of Pain. Introduction: The mounting evidence that osteoclasts play an important role in osteoarthritis (OA) pain lead us to invest... Read More about Analgesic effects of the cathepsin K inhibitor L-006235 in the monosodium iodoacetate model of osteoarthritis pain.