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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


  • 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


  • 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
  • Treatment of lateral epikondylalgia. PhD candidate Håkon Sveinall. Project responsible Marianne Bakke Johnsen. Financed by Sophie's Minde Ortopedi


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

Recent doctoral defences 

  • Line Preede. Evaluating adapted physical activity-based rehabilitation in people with chronic disabilities
    25 May 2021
  • Siri Bjorland. Genetic variability and persistent low back  and lumbar radicular pain
    24 January 2019
  • 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
  • Elisabeth Kvalvaag. Subacromial Pain Syndrome. Treatment, diagnostic imaging and predictors of outcome
    23 April 2018
  • Sigrid Skatteboe. Outcome expectations in patients with persistent neck, back and shoulder complaints
    16 March 2018
  • Aurora Moen. Disc herniation, inflammatory mediators and lumbar radicular pain
    17 February 2017
Tags: USA, Nordic
Published Mar. 3, 2015 8:50 AM - Last modified Sep. 24, 2021 3:32 PM


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