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About me

I am an associate professor in physiotherapy (PhD in Orthopaedics) and holds a position as university lecturer. 

I am a registered physiotherapist since 1992, and are formally specialised in orthopaedics since 2005. I have a clinical appointment to the Department of Orthopaedics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg. 




2012  Associate Professor in Physiotherapy, GU

2006  PhD in Medicine (orthopaedics), GU

2005  Certified Specialist in Physiotherapy in Orthopaedics

2005  Bachelor of Science in Psychology, GU

2001  Master of Medical Science with a major in Physical Therapy, KI

1997  Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, KI

1992  University Certificate in Physical Therapy, Gothenburg College of Health and Caring Sciences

Research description

My research field is pain and the clinical application of pain management. I run my own research group called "Back in Motion". The research group is an international group with interdisciplinary collaborators. 

The largest project at present is "PREPARE - Person centred prehabilitation physical therapy for persons who are to undergo surgery for severe low back pain – a randomized controlled trial". This project is funded from The Swedish Research Council (VR), Eurospine Research Grants and AFA Funding. 


How does kinesiophobia change over time and in relation to gender in patients with acute coronary artery disease?

Bäck M, Lundberg M, Cider Å, Herlitz J, Jansson B.

Accepted for publication in Physical Therapy, August 2015.

Predictors of attendance at exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation with special reference to kinesiophobia in patients with coronary artery disease. 

Bäck M, Cider Å, Herlitz J, Lundberg M, Jansson B.​

Accepted for Physiotherapy in theory and practice, May 2015

Move the fear away!  - Things to consider when applying the knowledge and principles of the cognitive fear-avoidance model into sports medicine. 

Lundberg M.

Accepted for publication in Sportsphysio, (In German), March 2015. 

Addressing sleep problems and cognitive dysfunctions in comprehensive rehabilitation for chronic musculoskeletal pain.
Nijs J, Lluch Girbés E, Lundberg M, Malfliet A, Sterling M
Man Ther 2015 Feb;20(1):e3-4

Exercise therapy for chronic musculoskeletal pain: Innovation by altering pain memories.
Nijs J, Lluch Girbés E, Lundberg M, Malfliet A, Sterling M
Man Ther 2015 Feb;20(1):216-20

Pain, mind, and movement in musculoskeletal pain: is physical activity always health-promoting or are there detrimental aspects?
Hasenbring M, Lundberg M, Parker R, Söderlund A, Bolton B, Smeets R, et al
Clin J Pain 2015 Feb;31(2):95-6

Avoidance behavior towards physical activity in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: the fear for post-exertional malaise.
Nijs J, Lundberg M
Clin. Rheumatol. 2014 Jan;33(1):151-2

Fear of movement and avoidance behaviour toward physical activity in chronic-fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: state of the art and implications for clinical practice.
Nijs J, Roussel N, Van Oosterwijck J, De Kooning M, Ickmans K, Struyf F, et al
Clin. Rheumatol. 2013 Aug;32(8):1121-9

Ability to perform a single heel-rise is significantly related to patient-reported outcome after Achilles tendon rupture.
Olsson N, Karlsson J, Eriksson B, Brorsson A, Lundberg M, Silbernagel K
Scand J Med Sci Sports 2014 Feb;24(1):152-8

Validation of a questionnaire to detect kinesiophobia (fear of movement) in patients with coronary artery disease.
Bäck M, Jansson B, Cider A, Herlitz J, Lundberg M
J Rehabil Med 2012 Apr;44(4):363-9

The impact on kinesiophobia (fear of movement) by clinical variables for patients with coronary artery disease.
Bäck M, Cider , Herlitz J, Lundberg M, Jansson B
Int. J. Cardiol. 2013 Jul;167(2):391-7

Change in kinesiophobia and its relation to activity limitation after multidisciplinary rehabilitation in patients with chronic back pain.
Lüning Bergsten C, Lundberg M, Lindberg P, Elfving B
Disabil Rehabil 2012 ;34(10):852-8 

Catastrophizing during and after pregnancy: associations with lumbopelvic pain and postpartum physical ability.
Olsson C, Grooten W, Nilsson-Wikmar L, Harms-Ringdahl K, Lundberg M
Phys Ther 2012 Jan;92(1):49-57

High degree of kinesiophobia after lumbar disc herniation surgery: a cross-sectional study of 84 patients .
Svensson G, Lundberg M, Ostgaard H, Wendt G
Acta Orthop 2011 Dec;82(6):732-6

Pain-related fear: a critical review of the related measures.
Lundberg M, Grimby-Ekman A, Verbunt J, Simmonds M
Pain Res Treat 2011 ;2011():494196

The impact of fear-avoidance model variables on disability in patients with specific or nonspecific chronic low back pain.
Lundberg M, Frennered K, Hägg O, Styf J
Spine 2011 Sep;36(19):1547-53 

My prosthesis as a part of me: a qualitative analysis of living with an osseointegrated prosthetic limb.
Lundberg M, Hagberg K, Bullington J
Prosthet Orthot Int 2011 Jun;35(2):207-14 

Cross-validation of the Depression, Anxiety, and Positive Outlook Scale (DAPOS) for clinical use.
Olaya-Contreras P, Styf J, Lundberg M, Jansson B
Clin J Pain 2011 May;27(4):330-7 

The majority of patients with Achilles tendinopathy recover fully when treated with exercise alone: a 5-year follow-up.
Silbernagel K, Brorsson A, Lundberg M
Am J Sports Med 2011 Mar;39(3):607-13

Impact of postpartum lumbopelvic pain on disability, pain intensity, health-related quality of life, activity level, kinesiophobia, and depressive symptoms.
Gutke A, Lundberg M, Östgaard H, Öberg B
Eur Spine J 2011 Mar;20(3):440-8 

On what patients does the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia fit?
Lundberg M, Styf J, Jansson B
Physiother Theory Pract 2009 Oct;25(7):495-506

Kinesiophobia among physiological overusers with musculoskeletal pain.
Lundberg M, Styf J
Eur J Pain 2009 Jul;13(6):655-9

Experiences of moving with persistent pain--a qualitative study from a patient perspective.
Lundberg M, Styf J, Bullington J
Physiother Theory Pract ;23(4):199-209

Kinesiophobia among patients with musculoskeletal pain in primary healthcare.
Lundberg M, Larsson M, Ostlund H, Styf J
J Rehabil Med 2006 Jan;38(1):37-43

Preoperative oral carbohydrate treatment attenuates endogenous glucose release 3 days after surgery.
Soop M, Nygren J, Thorell A, Weidenhielm L, Lundberg M, Hammarqvist F, et al
Clin Nutr 2004 Aug;23(4):733-41

Women on sick leave - participation in encounters with rehabilitation stakeholders.

Erkmar E, Dahlin-Ivanoff S, Lundberg M.

Advances in Physiotherapy. 2010;12(4):201-7.

A psychometric evaluation of the Swedish version of the Tampa Scale for Kinesiophobia (TSK) – from a physiotherapeutic perspective. 

Lundberg M, KE, Styf J, Carlsson SG.

Physiother Theory Pract. 2004; 20: 121-133.

Teaching portfolio

I have been involved in university teaching since 2008. In addition I have been involved in interprofessional clinical teaching, nationally and internationally. 

During 2008-2010 I was employed as University Lecturer at the physical therapy program at Karolinska Institutet. During 2011-2012 I was employed at the physical therapy program at the University of Gothenburg. During 2012-2014 I was director of Studies at the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences (Vårdalinstitutet), which was a national postgraduate research school that was directed towards interdisciplinary research within the sphere of health care and social service.