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Back in Motion Research Group

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Research Focus

The overarching aim of the Back in Motion Research Group is to improve the functioning for people with pain. The research group covers clinically relevant research questions throughout the life span, from children to the older adults. To reach our goals we combine Research, Education and Innovation.

Since pain is a complex phenomenon, the group uses a variety of research methodologies to answer their research questions.

Research projects and activities

The group runs several projects aiming to increase functioning in patients with pain throughout the life-span.

PREPARE - The most well-funded project is PREPARE (PREhabilitation, Physical Activity and ExeRcisE) persons with severe low back pain for an optimal functional outcome after lumbar fusion surgery: a randomised controlled trial. The inclusion is now completed and the results is soon to be published.

Research Group Leader

Anknuten

Mari Lundberg

Enhet: Sektionen för fysioterapi
E-post: mari.lundberg@ki.se

Educational Focus

The Research Group is active in pain education. The research group leader runs courses at the academic level, but also in the clinical setting and in collaboration with national and international educators and researchers.

Educational Activities

The research group leader is responsible for the content of pain through the physiotherapy program at Karolinska Institutet. In order to make it possible for physiotherapists to learn about pain from undergraduate level to the research level the group have designed a pain education plan, with progression from a beginner to the research level.

Figure 1. On-going pain courses within Physiotherapy at Karolinska Institutet

Current educational activities

Organizer of the Pain Science in Motion congress in collaboration with The Pain in Motion Group

Group Members

PhD Students

Max Jakobsson, RPT, BSc. Measurement instruments of functioning and physical activity in persons with low back pain – exemplified in persons who are to undergo lumbar fusion surgery

Co-supervisor: Helena Brisby (MD, Professor), Rob Smeets (MD, Professor); Annelie Gutke (PT, PhD)

Hanna Lotzke,RPT, MSc. What kind of exercise is the most suitable before spinal surgery – general pieces of advice or cognitive behavioural therapy guided exercise?

Co-supervisor: Helena Brisby (MD, Professor), Rob Smeets (MD, Professor)

Anna Ahlqwist, RPT, MSc. Back off – A physical therapy approach to help children and adolescents with low back pain to stay active.

Co-supervisor: Helena Brisby (MD, Professor), Co-supervisor: Emma Varkey (RPT, PhD)

Elke Schubert, RPT, MSc. Functioning in children with hypermobility syndrome.

Co-supervisors: Ann-Charlott Söderpalm (MD, PhD). Anders Fasth (MD, Professor).

Collaborators or partners

Helena Brisby, MD, Professor

Area of expertise: Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery

Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, University of Gothenburg

Jennifer Bullington, PT, Philosopher, Professor

Area of expertise: Psychosomatics, Phenomenology

Affiliation: Ersta Sköndal University College

Maria Bäck, PT, PhD

Area of expertise: Cardiac rehabilitation in relation to kinesiophobia

Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy, Linköping University

Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Åsa Cider, PT, PhD

Area of expertise: Exercise Physiology

Affiliation: Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg

Affiliation: Department of Physiotherapy, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Aina Danielsson, MD, Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Orthopaedics (in children)

Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, University of Gothenburg

Marlies Den Hollander, Behavioural Therapist, PhD student

Area of expertise: Behavioural therapy

Affiliation: Department of Clinical Psychological Science, Maastricht University

Anna Grimby Ekman, Statistician, Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Statistical methodology applied in pain science

Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of Gothenburg

Annelie Gutke, PT, PhD

Area of expertise: Low back pain in women, Functional testing

Affiliation: Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg

Karin Grävare – Silbernagel, PT, Assistant Professor

Area of expertise: Sports medicine, overuse injuries

Affiliation: Department of Physical Therapy, University of Delaware

Anders Fasth, MD, Professor

Area of expertise: Rheumatology, children

Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, University of Gothenburg

Maria Hagströmer, PT, Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Physical Activity

Academic Affiliation: Division of Physiotherapy, Karolinska Institutet

Olle Hägg, MD, PhD (Orthopaedics)

Area of expertise: Spine Surgery; SWESPINE

Affiliation: Spine Center, Gothenburg

Bengt Jansson, Psychologist

Area of expertise: Psychometrics

Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

Mike Kemani, Psychologist, PhD (On-going Post-doc)

Area of expertise: Psychological interventions and behavioral medicine approaches applied in a pain context

Affiliation: Behavioral Medicine Pain Treatment Unit, Karolinska University Hospital

Madeleine Lund, Physiotherapist, MSc

Area of expertise: Body awareness, Care of the older adults

Affiliation: The City of Gothenburg, Home Care and Rehabilitation

Jesper Lundgren, Psychologist, Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Fear, psychometrics

Academic Affiliation: Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg

Jo Nijs, PT, Professor

Area of expertise: Exercise as pain modulation, Central sensitization

Affiliation: Vrije University

Lars-Eric Olsson, Nurse, Senior lecturer institute of Health and Care Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy, Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Person-centred care and orthopaedic nursing.

Affiliation: Associated with University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-Centred Care (GPCC) Sahlgrenska University hospital Department of Orthopaedics

Romy Parker, PT, Associate Professor

Area of expertise: Pain Education

Affiliation: Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cape Town

Rob Smeets, MD, Professor

Area of expertise: Rehabilitation Medicine, Functional Performance

Affiliation: CAPHRI, Maastricht University

Laura Simons, Psychologist, PhD

Area of expertise: Children in Pain, Fear of Pain Questionnaire

Affiliation: Departments of Psychiatry & Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Michael Sullivan, Psychologist, Professor

Area of expertise: Catastrophizing

Affiliation: McGill University, Montréal, Canada

Mikael Svensson, Professor

Area of expertise: Health Economics

Affiliation: Department of Public Health and Community Medicine

Ann-Charlotte Söderpalm, MD, PhD

Area of expertise: Orthopaedics in children

Affiliation: Department of Orthopaedics, University of Gothenburg

Emma Varkey, Physical Therapist, PhD, University of Gothenburg

Area of expertise: Migraine, pain modulation through exercise

Affiliation: Department of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Gothenburg

Financial Support

Year Funding (Funder:Title)
2015 Swedish Research Council (VR): Person centred prehabilitation physical therapy for prsons who are to undergo surgery for low back pain - a randomized controlled trial
2015 EUROSPINE: Optimal pre-surgical management for persons who undergo spinal fusion surgery - Incorporation an evidence based rehabilitation approach in an RCT
2014 EUROSPINE: Optimal pre-sugical management for persons who undergo spinal fusion sugery - Incorporation an evidence based rehabilitation approach in an RCT
2013 AFA: Optimal presurgical management for persons who undergo spinal fusion surgery - Incorporation an evidence based rehabilitation approach in a randomized controlled clinical trial

Doctoral Theses

16 th November 2012 Maria Bäck, RPT, MSc. Exercise and Physical Activity in Relation to Kinesiophobia and Cardiac Risk Markers in Coronary Artery Disease. Institute of Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, GU Main supervisor: Johan Herrlitz (MD, Professor) Institute of Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, GU Co-supervisor: Åsa Cider (PT, PhD) the Department of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy, University of Gothenburg (GU)

Selected Publications

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Lundberg M. Die Angt Wegbewegen (Move the fear away! - Thinks to consider when applying the knowledge and principles of the cognitive fear-avoidance model into sports medicine). Sportphysio 2015; 03(04): 186-190 DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1566284 (In German),

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Erkmar E, Dahlin-Ivanoff S, Lundberg M. Women on sick leave - participation in encounters with rehabilitation stakeholders. Advances in Physiotherapy. 2010;12(4):201-7.

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Lundberg MKE, Styf J, Carlsson SG. A psychometric evaluation of the Swedish version of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK) – from a physiotherapeutic perspective. Physiother Theory Pract. 2004; 20: 121-133.

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