Professor Isaac O. Sorinola

Prof Isaac O. Sorinola is a qualified physiotherapist and course leader for our Physiotherapy MSc. He previously worked at King's College London leading their physiotherapy programme before joining London Met in November 2021.

Dr Isaac Sorinola

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Isaac qualified as a physiotherapist 27 years ago and obtained a PhD at King's College London in 2006. He worked for many years at King’s College as an academic, leading their physiotherapy programme, before moving to London Metropolitan University in November 2021 to join our School of Human Sciences as course leader for the newly established Physiotherapy MSc course.

Isaac has extensive research experience in neurophysiology, clinical trials, qualitative methodology, neurorehabilitation and PhD student supervision. He is an external examiner for many pre-registration physiotherapy programmes in the UK and Europe and is a PhD examiner.

He is a primary investigator and has held grants from the Dunhill Medical Trust and Research for Patient Benefit funding stream of the National Institute of Health Research.

Isaac has done a lot of work with individuals suffering from strokes in the UK and individuals suffering from chronic low back pain in rural Nigeria.

In his current role Isaac is developing and establishing a new suite of pre-registration physiotherapy programmes which contribute to the health workforce needs in London and beyond. He also supports allied health research programmes.

Isaac’s research interests include exploring the impact of neuro-musculoskeletal dysfunctions on human functioning, developing novel treatment approaches to improve human functioning in individuals with disabilities, promoting physical activity in populations and education research.

His further research interests include:

  • Professional practice
  • Research methods
  • Statistics
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiotherapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Public health

1. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Kitchen S, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2021). Adaptation and validation of the Nigerian Igbo Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support in patients with chronic low back pain. Measurement Instruments for the Social Sciences 3 (1), 1-15.

2. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Muomah RC, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2021). Detecting anxiety and depression among people with limited literacy living with chronic low back pain in Nigeria: adaptation and validation of the hospital anxiety and depression scale. Arch Public Health 79: 72.

3. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Muomah RC, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2021). Should the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale Be Cross-culturally Used, and Should It Be Interviewer-administered to Illiterate People? Findings from a Cross-cultural Adaptation and Validation Study in Nigeria. Research Square.

4. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2021). The Igbo Brief Illness Perceptions Questionnaire: A cross-cultural adaptation and validation study in Nigerian populations with chronic low back pain. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 34:399-411.

5. Matar CJ, Sorinola IO, Newton C, Pavlou MP (2020). Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation May Improve Discourse Production in Healthy Older Adults. Front. Neurol. 11:935.

6. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Kitchen S, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2020). World Health Organisation Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS 2.0): development and validation of the Nigerian Igbo version in patients with chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders.

7. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Kitchen S, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2020) Evidence, Theory and Context: using intervention mapping in the development of a community-based self-management program for chronic low back pain in a rural African primary care setting. The Good Back Program, BMC Public Health. PUBH-D-19-00314R3 In press.

8. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Coker B, Onwasigwe CN, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2019) Translation, Cultural Adaptation and Psychometric Testing of Igbo Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire in Mixed Rural and Urban Nigerian Populations with Chronic Low Back Pain. PLoS ONE 14(5): e0216482.

9. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Onwasigwe CN, Kitchen S, Godfrey EL, Sorinola IO (2019) Community-based self-management of chronic low back pain in a rural African primary care setting: A feasibility study. Primary Health Care Research & Development. 20(e45): 1–8.

10. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Sorinola IO, Kitchen S, Godfrey EL (2018) Unconventional Practitioners' Causal Beliefs and Treatment Strategies for Chronic Low Back Pain in Rural Nigeria. Health Serv Insights. 2018 Oct 30;11:1178632918808783.

11. Smith RM, Burgess CC, Sorinola IO (2018). The effect of a dysfunctional upper-limb on community dwelling stroke-survivors and their carers: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Physiother Res Int. 2018; e1726.

12. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Kenge AP, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2018). Physical activity containing behavioural interventions for adults living with modifiable chronic non-communicable diseases in Africa: A systematic mixed-studies review. Int Health.

13. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Coker B, Onwasigwe CN, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2017) Biopsychosocial factors associated with chronic low back pain disability in rural Nigeria: a population-based cross-sectional study. BMJ Glob Health. 15:1.

14. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Obiekwe C, Sorinola IO, Godfrey EL (2017). Assessing self-reported disability in a low-literate population with chronic low back pain: cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric testing of Igbo Roland Morris disability questionnaire. Disability & Rehabilitation 14:1-10.

15. Igwesi-Chidobe CN, Kitchen SS, Sorinola IO, Godfrey E (2016). A life of living death’: The experiences of people living with chronic low back pain in rural Nigeria. Disability & Rehabilitation 25:1-12.

16. Fleming MK, Sorinola IO, Roberts-Lewis SF, Wolfe CD, Wellwood I, Newham DJ (2015). The effect of combined somatosensory stimulation and task-specific training on upper limb function in chronic stroke: double blind randomised controlled trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 29: 143–152.

17. Jones P, Sorinola IO, Strutton PH (2014). Effect of dual tasking on postural responses to rapid lower limb movement while seated on an exercise ball. Gait Posture 40:297-304.

18. Fleming MK, Roberts-Lewis SF, Newham DJ, Sorinola IO (2014). Self-perceived utilisation of the paretic arm in chronic stroke requires high upper limb functional ability. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 95:918-24.

19. Sorinola IO, Powis I, White CW (2014). Does additional exercise improve trunk function recovery in stroke patients? A meta-analysis. NeuroRehabilitation 35:205-213.

20. Fleming MK, Sorinola IO, Newham DJ, Robert-Lewis SF, Bergmann JHM (2012). The effect of coil type and navigation on the reliability of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Transaction on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 20, 617-625.

21. Weaver H, Vichas D, Strutton PH, Sorinola IO (2012). The effect of an exercise ball on trunk muscle responses to rapid limb movement. Gait & Posture 35, 70-77.

22. Sorinola IO, Bateman RW. Mamy K. (2012). Effect of Somatosensory Stimulation of Two and Three Nerves on Upper Limb Function in Healthy Individuals. Physiotherapy Research International 17, 74–79.

23. Sorinola IO, White C, Rushton D, Newham DJ. (2009). Electromyographic Response to Manual Passive Stretch of the hemiplegic Wrist: Accuracy, Reliability and Correlation with Clinical Spasticity Assessment and Function. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 23, 287-294.

24. Sorinola IO. (2005). Electrical stimulation for upper limb motor function recovery in stroke patients - a review. South African Journal of Physiotherapy 61, 22-25.

25. Odebiyi OD, Sorinola IO, Idowu OM. (2003). Physiotherapy management of Erb’s palsy in a community setting: A case report. Journal of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria 8, 16-19.

26. Sorinola IO. (2002). Effect of biofeedback training on weight bearing asymmetry, motor function recovery and functional ability in stroke patients. Journal of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria. 7, 19-22.

27. Aiyejusunle CB, Sorinola IO, Ogunleye OA (2001). Effect of plastic ankle-foot orthosis on selected gait parameters of sciatic nerve palsied patients following injection injury. Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences. 3, 16-18.

28. Sorinola IO, Akegbeyale MA (2001). Effect of cooling on muscle strengthening. Journal of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria. 6, 17-20.

29. Sorinola IO, Ogunfuwa B (2000). Effect of piroxicam iontophoresis on osteoarthritic knee pains. Journal of the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria. 5, 22-24.

Prof Isaac O. Sorinola
Physiotherapy MSc course leader