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RESEARCH

NIKKB RESEARCH UNIT

Towards 2022, NIKKB research will focus on developing customised treatment for the individual patient, research into how we can implement new knowledge in daily practice and understand the lifelong trajectory of musculoskeletal disease.

Focus

NIKKB'S RESEARCH STRATEGY 2018-2022

The Research Unit at NIKKB has formulated a strategy outlining the institute's research priorities for the period 2018-2022.

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Research

The strategic aim of the research efforts at NIKKB is to continue to contribute new knowledge in the musculoskeletal field by focusing on solving specific challenges at the level of both the patient and society, specifically:

 

  • Patients with musculoskeletal problems experience different clinical courses, which is why we will continue our work to establish ‘customised’ interventions based on new knowledge.
  • Our ambition is to focus on implementation research where new knowledge about the barriers to, and methods for, promoting the systematic application of research findings is further developed and embedded in daily clinical practice.
  • At NIKKB, our research has always sought to understand the life trajectories of musculoskeletal disease. This will still apply. We will continue to study these clinical courses in order to develop insights that are useful and practical in prevention and treatment.

 

Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2022:

 

  1. Patient profiles & differentiated care
  2. Implementation research & knowledge translation
  3. Musculoskeletal heath from a life course perspective with a special focus on spinal health

 

Read more about our research focus under the section Project Areas in the menu.

 

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News

An international research group has produced 17 standards for diagnosing and managing complex regional pain syndrome. This is useful knowledge for clinicians, who need an update of their knowledge in this field.

 

The researchers present the standards in the academic paper ‘Standards for the diagnosis and management of complex regional pain syndrome: Results of a European Pain Federation task force’.

 

The 17 standards are grouped within 8 treatment areas: Diagnosis; management and referral of patients; prevention; patient information and education; pain management – medication and procedures; physical and vocational rehabilitation; identifying and treating distress and long-term care. Read…

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Back surgery is a much-used method for treating lumbar spinal stenosis; in the US, the disease is the most common reason for back surgery among older people. Meanwhile, there is a lack of evidence on the effect of nonsurgical treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis.

 

Accordingly, a group of American researchers carried out a randomised clinical trial, where they aimed to study and compare the clinical effect of three nonsurgical interventions for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis, medical treatment, group exercise and manual therapy/individual exercise.

 

The researchers conclude that a combination of manual therapy/individualized exercise provides greater short-term improvement…

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9 recommendations for treating persistent headaches associated with neck pain
In a recently published paper, a group of prominent Canadian researchers have developed evidence based clinical guidelines for non-pharmalogical treatment of persistent tension-type headache or cervicogenic headache.
 
 
The researchers studied systematic reviews of neck pain, looking at the evidence of clinical benefits, cost‐effectiveness, societal and ethical values, and patient experiences when formulating the recommendations.
 
 
The recommendations are of great relevance to clinicians and patients suffering from persistent tension-type headache or cervicogenic headache because they uniformise treatment of neck pain and increase the quality of the treatment.
 
 
This has resulted in 9 recommendations from clinical guidelines for non-pharmalogical treatment of headaches…

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An American research project has studied the efficacy of the use of painkilling medicine against chronic low back pain. Patients suffering from chronic LBP who have received chiropractic treatment has 55 % less likelihood of prescribing opioids than patients, who did not receive chiropractic treatment, according to the conclusions reached by the researchers, who carried out the research, in an article titled Association Between Utilization of Chiropractic Services for Treatment of Low-Back Pain and Use of Prescription Opioids in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

 

There has been an almost epidemic increase in the use of opioids in…

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A systematic scoping review on what patients expect from their treatment by chiropractors, physiotherapists and complementary and alternative medicine concludes that:

 

  • Back patients look for more evidence-based information about the causes of low back pain, its course and the effect of current treatment methods.Despite evidence for active treatment methods for low back pain, the planned procedures are often not completed.
  • This systematic scoping review shows that it might be because the treatment does not live up to the patients’ expectations regarding their need for a holistic, personal treatment, pain management or an explanation of their symptoms. Consequently, they…

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