facebookrssdk flag



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.

Download it here


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.




Be good, communicate, and collaborate

A qualitative analysis of stakeholder perspectives on adding a chiropractor to the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team.


Chiropractors work alongside medical doctors, physical therapists, nurses, and other members of the healthcare team in growing numbers. We also provide patient care in diverse settings.


A study in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies explored the thoughts of patients, their families, and healthcare workers about adding a chiropractor to an in-patient hospital team. The patients were at a hospital for brain and spinal cord rehab.


Researchers talked with 60 people to learn more about what they wanted in the chiropractor who would join…

Read more

For many years, lifting with straight knees and a bent back was considered harmful to your back. You had to bend in the knee and lift with a straight back to avoid back injuries. This is a belief which Professor Jens Ivar Brox from the Department of Physical Medicine and rehabilitation at the Oslo University Hospital in Norway challenges in an editorial comment titled ’Lifting with straight legs and bent spine is not bad for your back’ in the journal Scandinavian journal of Pain.


Jens Ivar Brox has penned the editorial comment because the latest edition of the journal…

Read more

The outcome of treatment of neck and back pain in elderly people over 65 by manipulation of the neck or back and exercises is just as positive after 36 weeks of treatment as it is after 12 weeks. That is the conclusion reached by a group of researchers including Jan Hartvigsen and Gert Brønfort in a paper published in the scientific publication Arthritis Care & Research.
The researchers reached their conclusion by conducting an RCT including 182 elderly people aged 65 and older. All the participants had experienced disability due to neck or low back pain for up to 12xweeks…

Read more

In a recently published Scandinavian study the researchers conclude that Maintenance Care is more efficient than symptom guided care in reducing the total number of days patients must tolerate bothersome LBP over 52 weeks. In return Maintenance Care increases the number of treatments. The researchers recommend that clinicians consider Maintenance Care as a possible preventive care for recurrent or persistent LBP in patients in need of such care who have responded favourably to their first treatment.


Maintenance Care (MC) is often used to treat chronic or recurrent back pain. In the current study, researchers looked at how efficient MC…

Read more

Just a quick reminder that you can apply for a research grant from the European Centre for Chiropractic Research Excellence (ECCRE).


The deadline for applications is January 1st 2019.


You can find the relevant applications forms on the ECCRE website www.eccre.org

Read more