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Jan Magnus Bjordal, PhD, Professor
Section of Physiotherapy Science

Date of birth: September 17, 1957

Tel + 47 55 58 5663
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Main areas of research interest
  • Systematic reviews
  • Epidemiology
  • Tendinopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Ultrasonography
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

  • 1980-2: The State School of Physiotherapy, Bergen
  • 1983: Internship, Diakonisehjemmets syjkehus, Bergen
  • 1983: Registered physiotherapist
  • 1983-99: Physiotherapist, Private Clinic
  • 1996-98: Master student in Health Sciences
  • 1999- : Lecturer, Bergen University College, Physiotherapy Dept.
  • 1999-03: PhD scholarship Bergen University College
  • 2003: Doctoral thesis, dr. philos. (PhD), Medical Faculty, University of Bergen.
  • 2003- 6: Postdoctoral Scholarship by Norwegian Research Council
  • 2004 - : Guest researcher at Universidade Vale do Paraiba and State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (Low level laser therapy for Inflammation)

Teaching and supervision
  • Teaching and supervision of Bachelor and post-graduate students at Bergen University College, and Master of Health Science and Clinical Master students at University of Bergen.
  • Supervision of Master and PhD students at University of Bergen.

  • 1994: Vitalprisen - Norwegian Sports Physiotherapy Society Research Award
  • 2004: FoU-prisen - Bergen University College Research Award

  • Norwegian Physiotherapy Association (NPA)
    • Norwegian Sports Physiotherapy Society
    • Norwegian Ortopedic, Rheumatological and Neurology Physiotherapy Society
  • Former leader (2000-2001) of the Specialist Board in NPA
  • European Medical Laser Association
  • World Association of Laser Therapy

Master of Health Sciences Thesis
  • A critical review of low level laser therapy in shoulder tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis and ankle sprains. University of Bergen, Norway 1998.

Doctoral Thesis
  • Validation of electrophysical agents in pain management by identification of their dose-response patterns. University of Bergen, Norway 2003.

  • Bjordal, J.M., et al., Epidemiology of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in soccer. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 1997. 25(3): p. 341-5.
  • Bjordal, J. and G. Greve, What may alter the conclusions of reviews ? Physical Therapy Reviews, 1998. 3(3): p. 121-132.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppe, TENS og ALTENS. Danske Fysioterapeuter, 1998(23): p. 8-13.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppé, Virker elektroterapi og kan det dokumenteres ? Danske Fysioterapeuter, 1998(23): p. 6-7.
  • Bjordal, J.M., Low level laser therapy in shoulder tendinitis/bursitis, lateral epicondylalgia and ankle sprain. Master thesis, University of Bergen 1998, 1998.
  • Bjordal, J.M., Kan elektroterapi redusere smerte ? En systematisk litteraturstudie. Fysioterapeuten, 1999(2): p. 18 - 31.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppé, Are poor results in electrotherapy trials caused by inadequate treatment procedures ? A review including assessment of dosage, timing, adequacy of intervention and treatment procedures. In "Proceedings, 13 th International Congress of the World Confedreation for Physical Therapy, May 23-28, 1999, Yokohama, Japan, 1999: p. 63.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppé, Therapeutic windows and dose-response patterns in electrotherapy. An attempt to define suitable indications and optimal treatment for electrical currents, ultrasound, shortwave and laser therapy. In "Proceedings, 13 th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy, May 23-28, 1999, Yokohama, Japan, 1999: p. 64.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppe, Laserbehandling. Danske Fysioterapeuter, 1999(1): p. 4-9.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppe, Kortbølge. Danske Fysioterapeuter, 1999(1): p. 10-13.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppe, Ultralyd. Danske Fysioterapeuter, 1999(1): p. 14-17.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and C. Couppe, Behov for ændring i praksis. Danske Fysioterapeuter, 1999(1): p. 18-19.
  • Bjordal, J. and P. Seljebotn, Inflammatory reponse in chronic "Jumpers` knee". A single subject trial with ultrasonography, pain scores and functional tests. Idrettsmedisin, 2000(4): p. 19.
  • Bjordal, J., C. Couppé, and A. Ljunggreen, Low level laser therapy for tendinopathy. Evidence of a dose-response pattern. Physical Therapy Reviews, 2001. 6(2): p. 91-99.
  • Bjordal, J.e.J., MI, Couppe, C, Clinical electrotherapy - Your guide to optimal treatment. Høyskoleforlaget, Kristiansand, Norway, 2001. ISBN 82-7634-320-1: p. 1-178.
  • Bjordal, J., C. Couppé, and A. E. Ljunggreen, A literature review of possible effective intervals of red and infrared irradiation for enhanced tissue repair in the human locomotor system. In "Abstract Book, 9th Congress of European Society for Photobiology", 2001: p. 190.
  • Bjordal, J., Alternative pain treatment regimes in physiotherapy. Validated versus empirical approaches. Abstract book, Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain, 25 th Annual SASP meeting, Aalborg, Denmark, 2002: p. 20.
  • Bjordal, J., J. Demmink, and A. Ljunggren, Tendon thickness and depth. An ultrasonography study on healthy subjects. Physiotherapy, 2003. 89(6).
  • Bjordal, J.M., M.I. Johnson, and A.E. Ljunggreen, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can reduce postoperative analgesic consumption. A meta-analysis with assessment of optimal treatment parameters for postoperative pain. Eur J Pain, 2003. 7(2): p. 181-8.
  • Bjordal, J.M., et al., A systematic review of low level laser therapy with location-specific doses for pain from chronic joint disorders. Aust J Physiother, 2003. 49(2): p. 107-16.
  • Bjordal, J.M., Validation of electrophysical agents in pain management by identification of their dose-response patterns. Thesis, Section of Physiotherapy Science, University of Bergen, Norway, 2003.
  • Bjordal, J.M., A quantitaive study of bias in systematic reviews. Advances in Physiotherapy, 2003. 5(2): p. 83-96.
  • Bjordal, J.M., [Scientific documentation of physical therapy]. Ugeskr Laeger, 2003. 165(47): p. 4566-7.
  • Bjordal, J.M., et al., Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including coxibs, in osteoarthritic knee pain. A meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials. Br Med J (accepted for publication 14 September) 2004.
  • Bjordal, J.M. and J.H. Demmink, Review of tennis elbow was biased. Bmj, 2004. 328(7444): p. 897-8.
  • Ljunggreen, A.E. and J.M. Bjordal, Physiotherapeutic Modalities. In "Clinical Pain Management, Practical Procedures and Approaches," Arnold Publishers, London, 2002: p. 451-4.
  • Norwegian Research Centre for Health Services, et al., Effect of physiotherapy for knee osteoarthritis, limited to electrotherapy and exercise therapy (Norwegian). Health Technology Assessment Report, 2004(7): p. 1-104.
  • Skaug, N., J.M. Bjordal, and M. Gulbrandsen, Akutt idiopatisk ansiktslammelse - belyst med to tilfeller blant tannleger [Acute idiopatic facial paresis (Bell`s palsy) - highlighted by two cases among dentists ]. Den Norske TannlegeforeningsTidende (Journal of the Norwegian Association of Dentistry), 2001. 111(8): p. 392-399.

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