Musculoskeletal disease, pain, and disability start early and may continue throughout life. That is why our research focuses on the longitudinal perspective – from cradle to grave - in order to identify factors that can effectively alter the course of these conditions. We need more knowledge about the occurrence, course, and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders in order to identify high-risk groups that could be targets for prevention; we need knowledge about what affects prognosis in order to target modifiable factors; we need a better understanding of the pathophysiological and behavioral mechanisms affecting initiation and prognosis in order to design effective interventions; we need better and valid clinical tools for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation in order to effectively treat patients; we need reliable, valid, and responsive outcome measures that are measuring the parameters that are important to patients; we need a better understanding of the societal mechanisms influencing how musculoskeletal conditions affect individuals and societies. That is why our research group is multidisciplinary and our research is broadly based.
Together with our colleagues at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics and our local, national, and international collaborators, we look forward to contributing to a better understanding of musculoskeletal health in the lifetime perspective and the ultimate common goal: To improve peoples health.
Professor and Head of Research Unit