Musculoskeletal diseases are associated with high levels of pain, disability and even death and are the most common reason that patients seek medical care.

The principal objective of the MSK-CTRU is to conduct research and disseminate findings on common musculoskeletal conditions such as low back pain and spinal disorders, osteoarthritis (including in facet and uncovertebral joints), anterior knee pain, lateral epicondylalgia, scoliosis, kyphosis, etc.

We promote clinical research to understand the mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal diseases and myofascial pain. We test interventions to prevent and treat musculoskeletal conditions, including manual manipulative therapy, soft tissue mobilizations, dry needling, kinesiotaping, etc.

Focus areas include:

§  Role of myofascial pain in musculoskeletal disorders

§  Spinal pathologies: association between imaging and clinical symptoms

§  Physical therapy of common musculoskeletal disorders

§  Manual therapy (joint and soft tissue mobilizations) in treatment of musculoskeletal disorders

§  Treatment of myofascial pain