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Hilla Sarig Bahat, BPT, MPhty, PhD  
Kerem Maharal, Hof HaCarmel, Israel 30840
Mobile: 972-(0)54-5380483
 
Research areas
 
Hilla’s primary area of research is assessment and treatment of neck pain. The wider field of research is musculoskeletal physiotherapy, which is also my clinical specialty.
I study the characteristics of neck movement in patients with chronic neck pain as compared to individuals with no pain. My main experimental tool consists of a virtual reality system which was developed for analysis of neck motion and training of impaired movement when identified. The VR system allows us to track head motion, while the patient plays virtual games controlled by his head motion. This area of research is a relatively young field and has the potential to help us answer many clinical questions, such as: How is the quality of movement affected by neck pain? Can we train and improve impairments in neck movements? Does it directly relate to the patients complaints and function?
Fortunately, we have started to reveal parts of these gaps in our understanding of neck pain and its effect on motion, and there is a great need for further research in this field.
            Other clinical research questions relate to functional testing. We have investigated the validity of peroneal muscle testing, heel raise test, and look forward into exploring other commonly used clinical tests, aiming to improve testing protocols and implement them with more accurate and valid components.
            My most important collaborations are with Dr. Julia Treleaven from the University of Queensland, Australia, in the field of neck pain, and with Prof. Jeremy Lewis from the London Shoulder Clinic, who is a leading researcher in the field of shoulder assessment and management.
 
Past research projects:
·         Development, reliability, and sensitivity of dynamic neck motion assessment using a customized VR system.
·         Analysis of neck motion kinematics in patients with neck pain vs. asymptomatics.
·         The effect of kinematic training on neck pain, disability and motion.
·         Evaluation of peronei muscle testing protocol
·         Evaluation of muscle forces around the elbow in climbers
·         Reliability of shoulder symptom modification procedure
 
Current research projects:
·         Home training for patients with neck pain
·         Development of a new balance assessment by a smart phone application
·         The relationship between forward head posture and neck pain
·         The biomechanical model of Stand-up paddling.
·         Characteristics of the Israeli runner, and risk factors to injury
 
Future research projects:
·         Neck pain in fighter pilots
·         New technological tools for VR assessment and training
·         The heel raise test in athletes
·         A new classification of neck pain
 
Education
 
A.    Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
 
Years
Institute and Department
Degree
Year of Approval
1993-1997
Tel- Aviv University,
School of physiotherapy Tel Aviv, Israel
Bachelor of Physical Therapy,
Magna Cum Laude               
1998
1999-2000
University of South Australia,
School of Physiotherapy Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Master of Physiotherapy
2000
2005-2010
University of Haifa, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, Haifa, Israel
Doctor of Philosophy PhD
2010
 
 
B. Post-Doctoral Studies
 
Period of Study
Name of Institution,
Department and Host
Degree
Year of Completion
June 2012- Sep 2013
University of Queensland
The Cervical Spine and Whiplash Research Unit Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
 
Supervisor-
Dr. Julia Treleaven
Head of Lab-
Prof. Gwen Jull
2014- publication of research results
 
Academic Ranks
 
Dates
Name of Institution & Department
Rank
Sep. 1998 – Feb. 1999
Tel Aviv University
Department of Physical Therapy
 
Teaching assistant  
June 2000- Nov. 2000
University of South Australia
School of Physiotherapy
Clinical tutor
Feb. 2001 – June 2001
Tel Aviv University
Department of Physical Therapy
 
Teaching assistant  
Oct 2001 – Sep 2005
Department of Physical Therapy
 
Teacher
Oct 2005- Sep 2010
University of Haifa
Department of Physical Therapy
 
Instructor
 
*Oct 2010- present
 
University of Haifa
Department of Physical Therapy
Lecturer
*June 2012- June 2013
University of Queensland, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Adjunct Fellow
 
Publications
 
1.      Sarig-Bahat, H. (1999): Evidence for Exercise Therapy in Mechanical Neck Disorders. In: What is the critically appraised evidence in the literature for common physiotherapy questions: A complication of the work of students enrolled in the physiotherapy research project 11402.  Centre of Allied Health Research, School of Physiotherapy, University of South Australia. 24 pages. A monograph
 
2.      Sarig-Bahat, H. and Cohen, D. (1999): The amount of Out-Toeing while standing - A comparison between normal and sport population. The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society (JIPTS) vol. 1(1), pages 9-13.
 
3.      Sarig-Bahat, H. (2003): Evidence for exercise therapy in mechanical neck disorders.  Manual Therapy vol 8(1) pp. 10-20. (IF 1.761, 5yIF 2.373, Rank=692/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q2, V)
*This article was Cited by 107, and was awarded the 9th best article in "Manual Therapy" journal, in the 25 best articles selected in 2005
 
4.      Lahad, A. and Sarig-Bahat, H. (2007): Israeli guidelines for prevention of low back pain, Harefuah vol. 146, pp. 253-257. (V)
 
5.      Sarig Bahat, H. Weiss, P.L. Laufer, Y. (2009): Cervical motion assessment using virtual reality. Spine 34(10) pp.1018-1024 (IF 2.447, 5yIF 3.003, Rank =18/194 in Neuroscience and Behavior, Q1, V)
 
6.      Sarig Bahat, H. Weiss, P.L. Laufer, Y. (2010): Neck pain assessment in a virtual environment. Spine vol.35(4) pp.E105-E112 (IF 2.447, 5yIF 3.003, Rank 18/194 in Neuroscience and Behavior, Q1, V)
 
7.      Sarig Bahat, H. Weiss, P.L. Laufer, Y. (2010): The effect of neck pain on cervical kinematics, as assessed in a virtual environment.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. vol.91(12), p.1884-1890 (IF 2.441, 5yIF 3.011, Rank 137/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q1, V)
 
8.      Sarig Bahat, H. (2010): Exercises in the internet. The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society (JIPTS) vol. 12(3), p.32 (Invited, Hebrew)
 
9.      Sarig-Bahat, H. (2010): Book review "Tension type and cervicogenic headache". The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society (JIPTS) vol. 12(1), p.18 (Invited, Hebrew)
 
10.  Sarig Bahat H. (2011): Chapter 10- Neck Motion Analysis Using a Virtual Environment. In Virtual Reality, Edited by Jae-Jin Kim, published by INTECH International, pages 189-214. ISBN 978-953-307-518-1. Link to open access: http://www.intechweb.org/books/show/title/virtual-reality
Note this chapter has achieved impressive readership results of 3485 downloads by Jan 2015.
 
11.  Sarig-Bahat, H. Eshkol Izrael, H. (2012): Neck-shoulder pain and weakness: An uncommon presentation. Manual Therapy, vol. 17, p.255-258 (IF 1.761, 5yIF 2.373, Rank=692/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q2, V)  
 
12.  Sarig Bahat, H. Krasovsky, A. Sprecher, E.(2013): Evaluation of clinical methods for peroneal muscle testing. physiotherapy research International, Vol. 18(1) p. 55–62
This article was selected 4th of top 20 Articles by BioMedLib, Since 2013
 
13.  Sarig Bahat, H. (2013): Do these large numbers contrast multiple smaller-number prior studies? European Spine Journal Vol. 22(5) P. 1191-1192 (IF 2.473, 5yIF 2.658, Rank= 244/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q1, V)
 
14.  Sarig Bahat H., Weiss P.L., Krasovsky A., Laufer Y.(2014) Do neck kinematics correlate with pain intensity, neck disability or with fear of motion? Manual Therapy Vol.19 P. 252-258 (IF 1.761, 5yIF 2.373, Rank=692/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q2, V)
 
15.  Sarig Bahat H. (2014) ‘Stretch marks’- more than skin deep? The Journal of the Israeli Physiotherapy Society (JIPTS), Vol 16(2), P.30-36. (Hebrew)
 
16.  Sarig Bahat, H., Takasaki, H., Chen, X., Bet-Or, Y., Treleaven, J. (2015):  Cervical kinematic training with and without an interactive virtual reality device for chronic neck pain- a pilot randomized clinical trial. Manual Therapy Vol.20, p.68-78 (IF 1.761, 5yIF 2.373, Rank=692/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q2, V)
 
17.  Sarig Bahat, H., Chen, X., Reznik, D., Kodesh, E., Treleaven, J.: Interactive cervical motion kinematics: sensitivity, specificity and clinically significant values for identifying kinematic impairments in patients with chronic neck pain. Manual Therapy In Press. (IF 1.761, 5yIF 2.373, Rank=692/1064 in Clinical Medicine, Q2, V)