CLINICAL RESEARCH: Salford Royal consultant neurologist Monty Silverdale is to launch “the largest ever study of pain in Parkinson’s Disease”, the foundation trust announced today.

The trust said in a statement: “The groundbreaking study, to begin this September will make a detailed assessment of chronic pain in Parkinson’s patients – a symptom that is hugely under-recognised but has a major impact.  

“More than half of all people with the disease also experience chronic pain – about 127,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s, one person in every 500.”

Patients involved in the study will be asked to complete a questionnaire on the sort of pain they experience. Some will also undergo an eye examination to check for signs of small fibre neuropathy, which shows nerve cells in the body have been damaged. This is thought to be one of the possible causes of chronic pain associated with Parkinson’s.

The study is being funded by charity Parkinson’s UK and will continue for four years at 70 sites around the UK.