Dr Pauline Kuithan

Pauline Kuithan

Senior Lecturer

School of Allied Health and Community

Department of Allied Health

Contact Details

email: p.kuithan@worc.ac.uk

Pauline has been a Physiotherapist for over 15 years. She has spent the majority of her clinical practice in musculoskeletal outpatients and sports.

Pauline has been working in higher education teaching across BSc and MSc programmes in Germany and the UK since 2013. She is passionate about patient-centred care and bridging the research to practice gap.

In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, cycling, and rock climbing.


  • 2012 Master of Manual Therapy, University of Western Australia, Australia
  • 2015 MSc Sports Physiotherapy, German Sport University Cologne, Germany
  • 2023 PhD, University of Birmingham, UK

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Evidence-Informed Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Clinical (MSK) Skills
  • Exercise and Physical Activity Promotion

Research Interests

In 2023 Pauline completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham with the focus on exercise-induced hypoalgesia. Her research explored how exercise can influence pain sensitivity in people with chronic low back pain.

Pauline has presented her research at national and international conferences.

Recent Publications

Kuithan, P., Rushton, A., Heneghan, N.R. 2022 Schmerzmodellierung durch Bewegung - Bewegungs-induzierte Hypoalgesie in der Physiotherapie [Pain modulation through exercise - Exercise-induced hypoalgesia in Physiotherapy] Der Schmerz DOI 10.1007/s00482-022-00623-3

Middlebrook, N., Rushton, A.B., Abichandi, D., Kuithan, P., Heneghan, N.R., Falla, D. (2020). "Measures of central sensitization and their measurement properties in musculoskeletal trauma: A systematic review." Eur J Pain DOI10.1002/ejp.1670

Sanderson, A., Cescon, C., Heneghan, N. R., Kuithan, P., Martinez-Valdes, E., Rushton, A., Barbero, M., Falla, D. 2019. People with Low Back Pain Display a Different Distribution of Erector Spinae Activity During a Singular Mono-Planar Lifting Task. Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, 1. Reprinted in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living: Anniversary Edition (May 2020) DOI 10.3389/fspor.2019.00065

Kuithan, P., Heneghan, N. R., Rushton, A., Sanderson, A. & Falla, D. 2019. Lack of exercise induced hypoalgesia to repetitive back movement in people with chronic low back pain. Pain Pract. DOI: 10.1111/papr.12804

Karstens, S., Kuithan, P., Joos, S., Hill, J. C., Wensing, M., Steinhauser, J., Krug, K. & Szecsenyi, J. 2018. Physiotherapists' views of implementing a stratified treatment approach for patients with low back pain in Germany: a qualitative study. BMC Health Serv Res, 18, 214. DOI: 10.1186/s12913-018-2991-3

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (MCSP)
  • Health and Care Professions Council Registered (HCPC)
  • Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (MACP)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)