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. 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 programs and projects
Research on Pain
- SBU rapport: Arbetsmiljöns betydelse för ryggproblem
- Multi-disciplinary approach rehabilitation in patients with chronic pain
- Musculoskeletal disorders in primary and secondary health care
- Expectations related-research
- Pregnancy-related lumbopelvic pain
- Musculoskeletal approaches in systemic sclerosis
Research in occupational health
- Musculoskeletal disorders in Swedish Armed Forces
- Intervention for string musicians
- Health examinations within occupational health services (Report in Swedish)
- Sitting ergonomics (Report in English)
Research in sport medicine
- Parachute opening shock in skydiving
- Motor control and movement control tests
- ICF classification of sickness certificates
- Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of instruments of MSDs
Research group leader
Karin Harms-Ringdahl, professor
Lena Nilsson-Wikmar, professor
Carina Boström, docent
Eva Rasmussen-Barr, docent
Björn Äng, docent
Gabriele Biguet, PhD
Marie Halvorsen, PhD
Andreas Monnier, PhD
Graciela Rovner, PhD
Anton Westman, postdoc
Roman Kuster, PhD student
Riccardo Lo Martire, PhD student
John Ressman, PhD student
Tom Arild Torstensen, PhD student
Elena Tseli, PhD student
Collaborators and partners
Medical University in Vienna, Austria
New York University, Langone Medical Center
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
Stockholm County Council
Swedish Armed Forces
Swedish Quality Registry for Pain Rehabilitation (SQRP)
University of Oslo
University of Gävle, Forte-Centre
University of Gothenburg
University of Alberta, School of public health
Zurich university KZTH
Zurich University, Horten Center
Main financial support
Armed Forces doctoral programs
Eurospine Task Force Research Grants
National Health Care Science Postgraduate School
Swedish Research Council
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports (CIF)
Mira Müller 2012
Anton Westman 2009
Karin Harms-Ringdahl, On assessment of shoulder exercise and load-elicited pain in the cervical spine. Biomechanical analysis of load - EMG-methodological studies of pain provoked by extreme positions. Med. Dr.1986.
Selected scientific publications
Measuring Sedentary Behavior by Means of Muscular Activity and Accelerometry.
Sensors (Basel) 2018 Nov;18(11):
Prognostic Factors for Physical Functioning After Multidisciplinary Rehabilitation in Patients With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Clin J Pain 2019 Feb;35(2):148-173
Mapping a measure of physical ability for persons with long-term musculoskeletal pain to the ICF and ICF Core Sets.
Eur J Public Health 2019 04;29(2):286-291
Resistance Training for Professional String Musicians: A Prospective Intervention Study.
Med Probl Perform Art 2018 06;33(2):102-110
How does exercise dose affect patients with long-term osteoarthritis of the knee? A study protocol of a randomised controlled trial in Sweden and Norway: the SWENOR Study.
BMJ Open 2018 05;8(5):e018471
Reliability and validity of a novel Kinect-based software program for measuring posture, balance and side-bending.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2018 01;19(1):6
Anatomical landmarks of the intra-pelvic side-wall as sources of pain in women with and without pregnancy-related chronic pelvic pain after childbirth: a descriptive study.
BMC Womens Health 2018 03;18(1):54
Inter- and intra-rater reliability for measurement of range of motion in joints included in three hypermobility assessment methods.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2018 Oct;19(1):376
Intra- and inter-rater reliability of movement and palpation tests in patients with neck pain: A systematic review.
Physiother Theory Pract 2018 Mar;34(3):165-180
Movement control tests for the lumbopelvic complex. Are these tests reliable and valid?
Physiother Theory Pract 2017 May;33(5):386-397
Construction of a web-based questionnaire for longitudinal investigation of work exposure, musculoskeletal pain and performance impairments in high-performance marine craft populations.
BMJ Open 2017 Jul;7(7):e016006
Incidence, aetiology and injury characteristics of traumatic spinal cord injury in Stockholm, Sweden: A prospective, population-based update.
J Rehabil Med 2017 May;49(5):431-436
Structured feedback on students' concept maps: the proverbial path to learning?
BMC Med Educ 2017 May;17(1):90