Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common cause of pain and incapacity for work in the population. Globally, the effects of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis on public health and the public economy are already significant today, and this development will continue as the population ages.
Research addressing musculoskeletal disorders at the University of Eastern Finland is performed by a compact and multidisciplinary scientific community comprising medical and computational physics, orthopaedics and traumatology, physiatry and biosciences, whose research ranges from basic to applied research and from epidemiology to clinical research. Recognising the risk factors and pathophysiology of osteoporosis, bone fractures, osteoarthritis and disorders affecting the back, and modern imaging and the related modelling of bone and cartilage create the foundations for advanced diagnostics and the assessment of individual prognoses of musculoskeletal disorders. New and innovative diagnosis methods enable cost-efficient care pathways in health care.
- Significant EU funding for musculoskeletal research
- Cartilage degeneration algorithm predicts progression of osteoarthritis
- ERC Proof of Concept funding for osteoarthritis algorithm developed at UEF
- New Academy of Finland projects in health research at UEF
- New computational simulation method reveals significant degeneration of knee cartilage in overweight people over time
- Recurrent major depressive disorder and use of antidepressants associated with lower bone density
- Good life satisfaction has beneficial effects on bone health
MEDICAL DOCTORS AND PHYSICISTS GET TO THE BOTTOM OF BONES AND JOINTS
“We are also studying healthy ageing, that is, what kinds of factors contribute to well-being and good functional capacity in senior years," says Professor Heikki Kröger.