Physiotherapy Research Group


Research comprises clinical studies, qualitative research and tranlational research

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Clinical studies:

In addition to research on the examination and documentation of physical changes and function in individuals with musculoskeletal complaints, the research also includes clinically controlled trials. The process of data collection is completed in a large randomized controlled study on the effect of targeted treatment in subgroups of patients with long-lasting low back pain. Studies regarding the effect of laser treatment on inflammation in tendons are also ongoing. The research group has taken part in studies focusing on the examination and treatment of patients with dizziness, as well as studying the effect of Norwegian psychomotor physiotherapy. Furthermore, the processes of change following treatment are described in patients with long-lasting musculoskeletal complaints. The research group is also involved in diagnostic testing of patellofemoral complaints, as well as in studies of the reliability and validity of different tests relevant in the examination of patients with musculoskeletal problems. We have developed and validated a series of functional tests and tests for self-reported variables.

Qualitative research:

The research group has been committed to work on exploring experiences with long-lasting musculoskeletal complaints, for instance found in women with generalized muscular pain and fibromyalgia and in patients receiving disability benefits due to chronic back problems. Studies of physically based learning processes and changes in patients with chronic spine disorders are in progress at the moment, in addition to studies on bodily experiences and physical consciousness in patients undergoing psychomotor physiotherapy. Triangulation of methods is applied in several studies, in addition to phenomenological and/or hermeneutic approaches.

Translational research:

Regarding effective treatment of localized musculoskeletal complaints, the research group has been committed to work involving attempts to identify patterns of dose-response related to physical means, in addition to diagnostics and the rehabilitation of connective tissue.