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Painful musculoskeletal disorders

The research group generates knowledge about factors and mechanisms contributing to development of chronic, painful conditions within the musculoskeletal system  - and effective treatment and rehabilitation strategies, which can reduce malfunction and promote participation and work

Goals

  • To develop and evaluate effective treatment strategies for patients with musculoskeletal pain
  • To improve the understanding of mechanisms and factors affecting the course, function, activity and participation
  • To evaluate implementation of  evidence-based measures for painful conditions in clinical practice
  • To strengthen our current research collaboration and initiate new national and international research collaboration

Projects

  • A randomized controlled trial comparing the effect of surgical vs non-surgical treatment of cervical radiculopathi. PhD candidate Mirad Taso. Principal Supervisor Jens Ivar Brox, a cooperation with Department of Neurosurgery
  • Radial extracorporeal shockwave therapy and foot orthosis in patients with plantar fasciopathy. PhD candidates Marte Heide and Marianne Mørk. Principal Supervisor and project responsible Aasne Fenne Hoksrud, co-supervisors Cecilie Røe, Helene L. Søberg, Jens Ivar Brox
  • Clinical course and prognostic factors for shoulder pain in primary and specialist health services. M.Sc. PhD Kaia Engebretsen

Collaboration

The group is engaged in several projects with national and international partners – aiming to understand mechanisms and to develop efficient treatment of painful conditions in the musculoskeletal system. Ongoing studies include:

  • Antibiotics for prolonged back pain and vertebral disc changes and prolapse. A double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. Project leaders Kjersti Storheim and John-Anker Zwart, FORMI. Co-supervisors Elina Schistad and Jens Ivar Brox
  • Shoulder pain in general practice. Effect of a treatment algorithm. A cluster randomized study. PhD-candidate Stein J Pedersen. Principal Supervisor Bård Natvig, HELSAM. Co-supervisor Niels Gunnar Juel and Jens Ivar Brox
  • Treatment of limescale. A randomized international multi-center study. Project leader Stefan Moosmeyer, Martina Hansens Hospital. Participants from AFMR in the project group: Synnøve Kvalheim, Niels Gunnar Juel, Jens Ivar Brox, Kaia Engebretsen
  • Development of an international key set for reporting of rehabilitation services. WHO ISPRM liason Committee. Project responsible Cecilie Røe
  • MUNI-Health-Care. Norwegian research school for research and development in primary health care. NRF-financed. Project leader Marit Kirkevold. Project responsible Cecilie Røe

Doctoral defences 2018

  • Sigrid Skatteboe. Outcome expectations in patients with persistent neck, back and shoulder complaints
    16 March 2018
  • Elisabeth Kvalvaag. Subacromial Pain Syndrome. Treatment, diagnostic imaging and predictors of outcome
    23 April 2018
  • Niels Gunnar Juel. Shoulder and hand diagnoses, stiffness and associated disability of the upper extremities in patients with type 1 diabetes for more than 45 years. The Dialong study
    21 June 2018
Tags: USA, Nordic
Published Mar. 3, 2015 8:50 AM - Last modified Apr. 5, 2019 1:39 PM

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Participants

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