Welcome to CANSpine

CANSpine is the transdisciplinary clinical research group of Co-Directors Dr. Alison Rushton and Dr. David Walton. We are located at Western University and the London Health Sciences Centre in London Ontario, Canada, with partners internationally. Together, we address complex problems in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal spinal pain, from theory to translation and back again. Learn more about our process.

Meet the Co-Directors

A photo of Dr. Alison Rushton

Alison Rushton

Lead for Translational Research

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David Walton

Lead for Innovative Solutions



The first international registry focused to rehabilitation for musculoskeletal spinal problems. SPINA enables cutting-edge international research aiming to improve patient care and outcomes for musculoskeletal spinal problems.

Learn more about SPINA

Statement of Acceptance

As spinal pain researchers we value the diversity and differences of all people. CANSpine is committed to providing a research environment that allows for full and free participation of all members of the community, and to support trauma-informed research practices. There is zero tolerance for discrimination by or against any researcher, trainee, patient partner or staff member and any incident will be taken seriously. For more information, please refer to Western's Policy on Non-Discrimination/Harassment.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Western University, the School of Physical Therapy and CANSpine are located on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabek (Ah-nish-in-a-bek), Haudenosaunee (Ho-den-no-show-nee), Lūnaapéewak (Len-ahpay- wuk) and Attawandaron (Add-a-won-da-run) peoples, on lands connected with the London Township and Sombra Treaties of 1796 and the Dish with One Spoon Covenant Wampum.

With this, we also acknowledge the health inequities caused by historical and ongoing injustices that Indigenous Peoples (e.g. First Nations, Métis and Inuit) endure in Canada, and the damaged health systems that remain. We accept responsibility as a public institution and as health and rehabilitation researchers to contribute toward revealing and correcting miseducation and to work towards the restorative impacts of reconciliation.