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  • 1.
    Peolsson, Anneli
    et al.
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Ctr Med Image Sci & Visualizat CMIV, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Karlsson, Anette
    Linkoping Univ, Ctr Med Image Sci & Visualizat CMIV, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Dept Biomed Engn, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Ghafouri, Bijar
    Linkoping Univ, Pain & Rehabil Ctr, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Rehabil Med, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Ebbers, Tino
    Linkoping Univ, Ctr Med Image Sci & Visualizat CMIV, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Div Cardiovasc Med, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Engstrom, Maria
    Linkoping Univ, Ctr Med Image Sci & Visualizat CMIV, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Radiol Sci, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Jonsson, Margaretha
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden;Herrgardets Vardcentral, Vasteras, Region Vastmanl, Sweden.
    Wahlen, Karin
    Linkoping Univ, Pain & Rehabil Ctr, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Rehabil Med, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Romu, Thobias
    Linkoping Univ, Ctr Med Image Sci & Visualizat CMIV, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Dept Biomed Engn, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Borga, Magnus
    Linkoping Univ, Ctr Med Image Sci & Visualizat CMIV, Linkoping, Sweden;Linkoping Univ, Dept Biomed Engn, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Kristjansson, Eythor
    Univ Iceland, Landspitali Univ Hosp, Reykjavik, Iceland.
    Bahat, Hilla Sarig
    Univ Haifa, Dept Phys Therapy, Haifa, Israel.
    German, Dmitry
    Univ Haifa, Dept Phys Therapy, Haifa, Israel.
    Zsigmond, Peter
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Neurosurg & Clin & Expt Med, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Peterson, Gunnel
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centrum för klinisk forskning i Sörmland (CKFD). Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Pathophysiology behind prolonged whiplash associated disorders: study protocol for an experimental study2019In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN 1471-2474, E-ISSN 1471-2474, Vol. 20, article id 51Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BackgroundThere is insufficient knowledge of pathophysiological parameters to understand the mechanism behind prolonged whiplash associated disorders (WAD), and it is not known whether or not changes can be restored by rehabilitation. The aims of the projects are to investigate imaging and molecular biomarkers, cervical kinaesthesia, postural sway and the association with pain, disability and other outcomes in individuals with longstanding WAD, before and after a neck-specific exercise intervention. Another aim is to compare individuals with WAD with healthy controls.MethodsParticipants are a sub-group (n=30) of individuals recruited from an ongoing randomized controlled study (RCT). Measurements in this experimental prospective study will be carried out at baseline (before intervention) and at a three month follow-up (end of physiotherapy intervention), and will include muscle structure and inflammation using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), brain structure and function related to pain using functional MRI (fMRI), muscle function using ultrasonography, biomarkers using samples of blood and saliva, cervical kinaesthesia using the butterfly test and static balance test using an iPhone app. Association with other measures (self-reported and clinical measures) obtained in the RCT (e.g. background data, pain, disability, satisfaction with care, work ability, quality of life) may be investigated. Healthy volunteers matched for age and gender will be recruited as controls (n=30).DiscussionThe study results may contribute to the development of improved diagnostics and improved rehabilitation methods for WAD.Trial registrationClinicaltrial.gov Protocol ID: NCT03664934, initial release 09/11/2018.

  • 2.
    Peolsson, Anneli
    et al.
    Linköping University, Physiotherapy, Department of Medical and Health Sciences.
    Landén Ludvigsson, Maria
    Linköping University, Physiotherapy, Department of Medical and Health Sciences; Linköping University, ehab Väst, County Council of Östergötland, Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Medical and Health Sciences .
    Peterson, Gunnel
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centrum för klinisk forskning i Sörmland (CKFD). Linköping University, Physiotherapy, Department of Medical and Health Sciences.
    Neck-specific exercises with internet-based support compared to neck-specific exercises at a physiotherapy clinic for chronic whiplash-associated disorders: study protocol of a randomized controlled multicentre trial.2017In: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, ISSN 1471-2474, E-ISSN 1471-2474, Vol. 18, article id 524Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background:Globally, neck pain is the fourth most common condition associated with longer periods of living withdisability. Annually, approximately 0.3% of the population of Western countries undergo whiplash trauma, and half ofthose individuals will develop chronic problems with highcosts for the individual and society. Evidence for chronicwhiplash-associated disorders (WAD) treatment is scarce, though neck-specific training at a physiotherapy clinic twice aweek for 12 weeks has demonstrated good results. More efficient, flexible rehabilitation with reduced waiting times andlower costs is needed, ideally replacing lengthy on-site treatment series by healthcare providers. Internet-based care hasbeen shown to be a viable alternative for a variety of diseases and interventions, but studies are lacking on Internet-basedinterventions for individuals with chronic neck problems. The aim of the trial described here is to compare the effects ofan Internet-based neck-specific exerciseprogrammetothesameexercisesperformed at a physiotherapy clinic in regardsto self-reported and clinical measures, as well as cost-effectiveness.

    Methods:This prospective, randomized controlled trial will involve 140 participants. Measurements will be made atbaseline, 3 months (end of treatment), and 15 months (12 months after end of intervention) and will include ratings ofpain, disability, satisfaction with care, work ability, quality of life, and cost-effectiveness.

    Discussion:The study results may contribute to the development of a more effective rehabilitation, flexible and equalcare, shorter waiting times, increased availability, and lower costs for healthcare and society.

    Trial registration:ClinicalTrials.gov Protocol ID: NCT03022812, initial release 12/20/2016.

  • 3.
    Peolsson, Anneli
    et al.
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Peterson, Gunnel
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centrum för klinisk forskning i Sörmland (CKFD). Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Hermansen, Anna
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Ludvigsson, Maria Landen
    Linkoping Univ, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Physiotherapy, Linkoping, Sweden;Reg Council Ostergotland, Rehab Vast, Dept Rehabil, Linkoping, Sweden;Reg Council Ostergotland, Rehab Vast, Dept Med & Hlth Sci, Linkoping, Sweden.
    Dedering, Åsa
    Univ Hosp, Allied Hlth Profess Funct Occupat Therapy & Physi, Stockholm, Sweden;Karolinska Inst, Div Physiotherapy, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Löfgren, Hakan
    Ryhov Hosp, Neuroorthoped Ctr, Jonkoping, Sweden.
    Physiotherapy after anterior cervical spine surgery for cervical disc disease: study protocol of a prospective randomised study to compare internet-based neck-specific exercise with prescribed physical activity2019In: BMJ Open, ISSN 2044-6055, E-ISSN 2044-6055, Vol. 9, no 2, article id e027387Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction Patients suffering from remaining disability after anterior cervical decompression and fusion (ACDF) surgery for cervical disc disease may be prescribed physical activity (PPA) or neck-specific exercises (NSEs). Currently, we lack data for the success of either approach. There is also a knowledge gap concerning the use of internet-based care for cervical disc disease. The scarcity of these data, and the high proportion of patients with various degrees of incapacity following ACDF, warrant increased efforts to investigate and improve cost-effective rehabilitation. The objective is to compare the effectiveness of a structured, internet-based NSE programme, versus PPA following ACDF surgery. Methods and analysis This is a prospective, randomised, multicentre study that includes 140 patients with remaining disability (>= 30% on the Neck Disability Index, NDI) following ACDF for radiculopathy due to cervical disc disease. Patient recruitment occurs following attendance at routine clinical appointments, scheduled at 3 months postsurgery. Patients are then randomised to one of two groups (70 patients/group) for a 3-month treatment programme/period of either internet-based NSE or PPA. Questionnaires on background data, pain and discomfort, physical and mental capacity, satisfaction with care, and health and workplace factors are completed, along with physical measures of neck-related function conducted by independent test leaders blinded to randomisation. Measures are collected at inclusion, after the 3-month treatments (end of treatment) and at a 2-year follow-up. Radiography will be completed at the 2-year follow-up. Preoperative data will be collected from the Swedish Spine Registry. Data on healthcare consumption, drug use and sick leave will be requested from the relevant national registers. Ethical considerations This study was approved by the Regional Ethical Review Board in Linkoping Ref. 2016/283-31 and 2017/91-32. The scientists are independent with no commercial ties. Patients are recruited after providing written informed consent. Patient data are presented at group level such that no connection to any individual can be made. All data are anonymised when reported, and subject to the Swedish Official Secrets Health Acts. The test leaders are independent and blinded for randomisation. Exercises, both general and neck-specific, have been used extensively in clinical practice and we anticipate no harm from their implementation other than a risk of muscle soreness. Both randomisation groups will receive care that is expected to relieve pain, although the group receiving NSE is expected to demonstrate a greater and more cost-effective improvement versu s the PPA group. Any significant harm or unintended effects in each group will be collected by the test leaders. All questionnaires and test materials are coded by the research group, with code lists stored in locked, fireproof file cabinets, housed at the university in a room with controlled (card-based) access. Only individuals in receipt of a unique website address posted by the researchers can access the programme; patients can neither communicate with each other nor with caregivers via the programme. Study participation might lead to improved rehabilitation versus non-participation, and might therefore be of benefit. The results of this study should also contribute to more effective and flexible rehabilitation, shorter waiting times, lower costs and the possibility to implement our findings on a wider level. Dissemination If effective, the protocols used in this study can be implemented in existing healthcare structures. The results of the study will be presented in scientific journals and popular science magazines of relevance to health. The findings will also be presented at local, regional, national and international conferences and meetings, as well as in the education of university students and at public lectures. Information about the results will be communicated to the general population in cooperation with patient organisations and the media.

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