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Center for Muscle and Joint Health

The University of Southern Denmark’s Center for Muscle and Joint Health aims to become the leading institution in Denmark for research and innovation in the domain of musculoskeletal health. Our purpose is to improve the health of people who experience pain and loss of function due to disease of the musculoskeletal system. 

A Dane loses an average of seven years with good quality of life due to pain and functional problems related to the musculoskeletal system. Muscle and joint disorders now constitute the major cause of functional impairment of populations in Europe - larger than other common disorders like depression, dementia and heart disease. The impact of musculoskeletal conditions has increased by 40% since 1990 and will continue to increase with an aging, overweight and inactive population. 

Muscle and joint disease not only affects older people. In fact, it can start early in life and affect individuals of any age, interfering with their work, their social life and their activities of daily living. Furthermore, we know that it has a negative impact on other health conditions. We also know that it can be improved through lifestyle changes (read more).

Through our research, we wish to influence a paradigm shift from a focus on wait-and-see, disease and disability to a focus on evidence-based knowledge transfer and implementation related to prevention, early detection and effective treatment in the community, in the workplace and in the health care system. This includes the promotion of physical activity to improve not only muscle and joint function, but also general health. This will not only enhance the quality of life of those individual Danes affected, but also help to contain Denmark’s spiralling healthcare costs. 

    

The Center for Muscle and Joint Health was launched on 15 September 2015 at the central campus of the University of Southern Denmark in Odense.