In many musculoskeletal disorders reproducible and valid diagnostic methods are lacking and it remains largely undetermined which interventions will benefit and effectively alter the natural course of these conditions. Therefore focus areas for the clinical research effort will be development and evaluation of clinical and diagnostic tests, cohort and randomized clinical studies dealing with preventive interventions, and cohort studies and randomized studies dealing with treatment of patients with painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
New facilities for clinical research at the Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics and the relocation of Odense University Hospital to the university campus area open up new possibilities for multidisciplinary patient oriented clinical research for the research unit. In addition, the new research facility offers new and unique facilities for combining clinical research with basic science physiologic research and experiments with implementation of new technologies in musculoskeletal treatment and rehabilitation. Finally, closer formalized collaboration with the Nordic Institute of Chiropractic and Clinical Biomechanics will enable access to primary sector research through NIKKBs network of primary sector chiropractic clinics and collaborations with medical primary care research units.
Specifically we will
- Evaluate reliability and validity of commonly used clinical tests and diagnoses in relation to pain and dysfunction in the spine and extremities
- Conduct and participate in studies aiming at identifying predictors of outcome of prevention initiatives and treatment
- Conduct randomized clinical trials comparing the effectiveness of manual treatments, exercises, and other interventions in pain and functional limitation in the spine and extremities
- Participate in research evaluating the effect of new technologies such as robot technology in the prevention and treatment of MSD