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About me

Registered physiotherapist, PhD, and postdoc at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health.

Research description

In October 2017 I defended my thesis entitled: “Evaluation of function in individuals with knee osteoarthritis”. The overall aim of the thesis was to evaluate methods used to objectively assess function – e.g., gait patterns, movement strategies, and performance-based function – in individuals with knee osteoarthritis.

Alterations in joint loading were associated with both performance-based function and patient-reported outcomes whereas kinematic gait alterations were not associated to either, indicating that clinical outcome measures of function are not aligned with kinematic gait deviations. Based on post-operative changes in Five Times Sit-to-Stand test performance, individuals with considerable gait pattern improvements were identified. However, patient-reported measures of function could not detect differences between individuals improving in performance-based function and those who did not. Nevertheless, improvements in knee flexion-extension range during gait were related to large improvements in Knee-related Quality of Life. The body’s Center of Mass trajectory during the Five Times Sit-to-Stand test was found to be a sensitive and responsive measure of functional compensations typical of knee osteoarthritis pathology.


Deficits in functional performance and gait one year after total knee arthroplasty despite improved self-reported function
Naili Je, Iversen Md, Esbjörnsson Ac, Hedström M, Schwartz Mh, Häger Ck, et al
Knee surgery, sports traumatology, arthroscopy : official journal of the ESSKA 2017;25(11):3378-3386

Improved knee biomechanics among patients reporting a good outcome in knee-related quality of life one year after total knee arthroplasty
Naili Je, Wretenberg P, Lindgren V, Iversen Md, Hedström M, Broström Ew
BMC musculoskeletal disorders 2017;18(1):122-

The impact of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis on overall gait pattern deviations and its association with performance-based measures and patient-reported outcomes
Naili Je, Esbjörnsson Ac, Iversen Md, Schwartz Mh, Hedström M, Häger Ck, et al
The Knee 2017;24(3):536-546