PROJECTS KNEE HIP LOW BACK PAIN MUSCLE/TENDON OSTEOPOROSIS CARTILAGE CARDIAC REHABILITATION ACTIVE
PATIENT EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL
COLLABORATION RESEARCH GROUP/
Silje Stensrud defended her PhD-thesis the 23 of April
”Knee function and exercise in middle-aged patients with degenerative meniscus tears” The overall aim of this thesis was to evaluate knee ... (more)
New article published - online registration of monthly sports participation after ACL injury - reliability and validity
Grindem et al has published a new article in BJSM about online registration of monthly sports participation after ACL injury. The methode i ... (more)
The Norwegian edition of BJSM
In this number of BJSM you can read about Sport medicin reseach from Norway. http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/47/8.toc ... (more)
Acute and chronic injuries/overuse injuries in the musculoskeletal system rarely have a mortal outcome. They are, however, very costly and constitute a major proportion of the conditions treated by the healthcare system today.
More than 50 % of the sick leave certificates issued by GPs are related to musculoskeletal disorders. Approximately 45% of long-term sick leaves and about 35 % new disability pensions are due to musculoskeletal disorders.
The National Society for Overuse Injuries estimates that musculoskeletal disorders only in Norway will have a yearly cost of approximately 50 billion NOK or 5, 5 millions pr hour 24 hours a day (Directorate for Health and Social Affairs, report 2/2000). Of these numbers back disorders accounts for approximately 25- 30 millions NOK.
Research funding and resources allocated to musculoskeletal disorders constitute approximately 3 % of the budget allocated to research, which is about 10 times less than the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the society. Due to these numbers, it is of great importance to increase focus support for research pertaining to musculoskeletal disorders.
An active rehabilitation program should feature goal oriented training, based on an optimal dose of training and exercise, with the aim of regaining, maintianing and developing the individual's functional ability. It is pertinent to develop and implement methods to evaluate patients’ ability to function, to be able to adjust and develop progressive training strategies to obtain the optimal effect.
Rehabilitation is a very important field within the field of muskuloskelatal disorders. However, research in this area has had very low priority in comparison with the resources allocated to rehabilitation in Norway, and in comparison with aspects of health economy. We need to develop knowledge of the costs related to different rehabilitation strategies.
There is a need for solid research environments which can contribute to the establishing of knowledge and the education of highly qualified researchers and professionals. Additionally, such research environments can contribute to a mutual cooperation between themselves and the clinic. Research results have little value unless they are implemented in the clinic and passed on to actual focus groups. Undertaking research projects in a clinical environment will possibly increase the understanding of the data collected, and at the same time the obtained knowledge can be utilized directly in the clinic. Furthermore, there will be focus on developing informational material, conducting seminars and discussions, and setting up training groups to prevent the development of musculoskeletal disorders.
Read more about our approach to musculoskeletal rehabilitation research: Active-rehab model
Links to relevant articles:
- Brukner et al. 5. Recent advances in sports medicine (2006)
- Kannus et al. Hip Protectors for preventing Hip Fractures (2007)