Musculoskeletal disorders from a biopsychosocial perspective

Our research focus is on musculoskeletal pain and clinical interventional advances devoted to improve prevention and patient management. This includes development and evaluation of clinical diagnostics and prevention methods with the aim to improve health and work ability from a biopsychosocial perspective.

Grooten research group

We currently have three main translational research programs in our group: one that incorporates chronic or recurrent pain conditions in the primary, secondary and tertiary care sector, a second with a focus on occupational health, especially the military community, and a third that concerns sports medicine currently with an emphasis in extreme sports.

Our main programs include several defined research projects with different principal investigators (PI:s). In these projects, we handle a wide range of scientific methods that deal with registry, clinical, empirical and laboratory data, as well as qualitative methods. Our group is interdisciplinary and we work actively to understand and critically evaluate health-related variables from a bio-psycho-social perspective. The long-term goal is to develop and implement updated knowledge into clinical actions to meet the challenge of tomorrow's patients with musculoskeletal pain.

Research projects

Research on pain

  • Multi-disciplinary approach rehabilitation in patients with chronic pain
  • Musculoskeletal disorders in primary and secondary health care
  • Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain
  • Evidence for exercise types for chronic low back pain and neck pain

Research in musculoskeletal and rheumatological disorders

  • Non-pharmacological management of autoimmune connective tissue diseases

Research in occupational health

  • Sedentary behavior
  • Ergonomics in surgeons
  • Unstable lifting

Research in sport medicine

  • Motor control and movement control tests
  • Single leg squat for female soccer players

Clinimetric research

  • ICF classification of sickness certificates
  • Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of instruments of MSDs

Research group leader

Wim Grooten

Lecturer senior

Deputy research group leaders

Carina Boström

Lecturer senior

Group members

Gabriele Biguet, PhD

Tony Bohman, PhD

Carina Boström, docent

Åsa Dedering, docent

Marie Halvorsen, PhD

Karin Harms-Ringdahl, senior professor

Roman Kuster, PhD 

Riccardo Lo Martire, PhD 

Andreas Monnier, PhD

Lena Nilsson-Wikmar, professor

Eva Rasmussen-Barr, docent

John Ressman, PhD student

Christina Olsson, PhD

Graciela Rovner, PhD

Tom Arild Torstensen, PhD student

Elena Tseli, PhD 

Björn Äng, docent

Collaborators and partners, financial support

List of our collaborators and partners including main financial support.

Doctoral theses

List of doctoral theses within the research group.

Scientific publications

For a list of publications, please visit the individual researcher's personal profile page.

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