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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.




Researchers publish protocol on RCT on infantile colic


The group of researchers carrying out the colic project has published a protocol for a randomized clinical trial on infantile colic. The randomized, controlled trial was designed to evaluate the effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic.


The researchers hope the RCT will help them gain more knowledge in two areas:


  • What is the effect of chiropractic treatment on infantile colic?
  • Will subgroups of children with suspected musculoskeletal problems benefit more from the intervention than others? If this happens to be the case, it could imply the need for stratified care.


The protocol describes a single-blind…

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Alice Kongsted, Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, recently took part in a podcast by Chiropractic Practice.


In the podcast, she talked about her work as part of the group who wrote the papers on low back pain in The Lancet and many other topics related to low back pain.


Listen to the podcast 'Why we need to pay attention to back pain' here: https://chiropracticscience.com/podcast/dralicekongsted/

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Chiropractor Guillaume Goncalves, Professor Christine Le Scanff and Professor Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde have searched the literature for evidence that manipulation of the spine or chiropractic treatment can be used to prevent non-MSK diseases in primary or early secondary prevention.


They found no evidence for this claim and they come down hard on the vitalistic approach to chiropractic.


‘The chiropractic vitalistic approach to the concept of ‘subluxation’ as a cause of disease lacks both biological plausibility and possibly proof of validity. Nonetheless, some chiropractors purport to prevent disease in general through the use of chiropractic care. Evidence of its effect…

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Chiropractors Signe Fuglkjær Møller and Lisbeth Hartvigsen have almost reached the end in their PhD projects. The final hurdle is their defences of their theses.


The first day in June will be an important day for Signe Fuglkjær Møller. Three years’ work will result in the PhD degree, when she defends her thesis Musculoskeletal pain in Danish school children – it’s prevalence, course and patterns of pain.


Signe Fuglkjær Møller’s PhD defence takes place at 13:00 hrs on June 1st in Lab for Play and Innovation, Building 39, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M, Denmark.


Shortly after, Lisbeth…

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What are the key messages in the series of papers on low back pain in The Lancet? Following our previous article about the main conclusions, in this article we present an overview of 20 key messages about low back pain from the original papers. The three papers in the series have been written in collaboration by the 29 internationally renowned researchers, among others Professor and Head of Research at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, Jan Hartvigsen, and Associate Professor at the University of Southern Denmark and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, Alice Kongsted. At the end…

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