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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.



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

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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.




30 % of all Danish children aged 11- 14 years suffer from moderate spinal pain. The pain is more common among girls than boys and worsens as the children age. Furthermore, there is a clear social gradient in the occurrence of spinal pain, according to new research carried out by researchers from the University of Copenhagen, the University of Southern Denmark and NIKKB.


Spinal pain is a significant problem for many children and adolescents and should be taken seriously for several reasons. Increasingly, evidence points to spinal pain originating around the age of 11 to 14 years and increasing…

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NIKKB reached a major milestone at the beginning of 2019, when the inclusion of data into the Danish Chiropractic Cohort (ChiCo) was completed. The database holds data from almost 3000 MSK patients from Danish chiropractic clinics.


ChiCo is the world’s biggest database of MSK pain in patients with low back pain in chiropractic practice. ChiCo developed out of the need for a large amount of data for a Danish PhD project. So much data was needed that the researchers had to rethink the data inclusion. And why not use this vast amount of data for more than the one…

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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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