Table 1

Time points at which the outcomes will be assessed

Time pointEnrolmentAllocation0–4 months*3 month follow-up*6 month follow-up
Screening log
Informed consent
Eligibility confirmed
Control: best practice adviceone physio session (up to two more if struggling)
Intervention: progressive functional exerciseUp to six physio sessions
Baseline questionnaire
Follow-up questionnaire
Follow-up clinic visit at hospital
Follow-up reminders
Qualitative interview (optional)
  • *The first 3 month follow-up occurs while participants are doing the recommended exercises, and for the progressive exercise group, they may still be returning for sessions with the physiotherapist.