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Spinal Pain in the Workplace


3 June 2021


12:00 AM11:59 PM

2021 Global Year Webinar

IASP is offering a webinar series as part of its 2021 Global Year About Back Pain. Webinars will be scheduled and added to this list on a regular basis. Check back often to see when new information is added. All webinars are free for IASP members. Some webinars indicated with an asterisk (*) have a fee for non-members.


In our webinar entitled “Spinal pain in the workplace – what causes it and what can I do about it?” we intend to talk about work-related spinal pain and ways to best manage it as based on contemporary evidence. Our talk will be aimed at a broad public audience, including both members of the workforce and clinicians, and has the overall purpose of providing high-quality, evidence-based information in layman’s terms. We consider this topic highly relevant, considering that spinal pain is the single most common reason for absenteeism from work in the western world. By targeting the end-users (employees and clinicians) directly, we also consider the webinar to have a broader outreach than if we only target healthcare professionals and researchers.

The webinar will present and discuss the contemporary evidence base for assessing and managing work-related spinal pain. The talks will thereby involve research related to the etiology of work-related spinal pain, factors related to the development of spinal pain (including biological factors, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors as well as the social context), and relevant strategies to manage work-related spinal pain.

This event is a milestone from the “Prevent for Work Project” (www.p4work.com); an ERASMUS+ Program initiative focusing on developing high-quality, evidence-based educational material on work-related musculoskeletal pain aimed at workers, employers, and healthcare professionals (agreement no. 2018-2381/001-001, project no. 600920-EPP-1-2018-1-ES-EPPKA2-KA).


Steffan Wittrup McPhee Christensen, PhD, M.Phty, B.Pt., Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
Neck Pain at Work-What Causes It and What Can I Do About It? 

Steffan holds a bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy from VIA University College, a Master’s degree in musculoskeletal physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in Clinical Science and Biomedicine from Aalborg University. Steffan is an Associate Professor at the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University and an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy at University College of Northern Denmark. He has published 27 peer-reviewed papers and supervises students on both Master’s and PhD levels. Steffan’s research is focused on understanding musculoskeletal disorders and how these may impact movement and perceived pain with a special interest in spine-related pain. In addition, he still sees patients in clinical practice, in particular people with spine-related conditions.

Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, PhD, Associate Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain at Work- What Causes It and What Can I Do About It?

Thorvaldur earned his PhD in Clinical Science and Biomedicine from Aalborg University in 2014 after receiving a BSc in physiotherapy from the University of Iceland and a Master of Manipulative Therapy from Curtin University. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University. He has 43 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has supervised both Master’s and PhD students since 2012. His research is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal pain (neurophysiological, cognitive, and emotional) and applying that knowledge in a clinical context.

Morten S. Hoegh, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor, Aalborg University, Denmark
Spinal Pain at Work– Could Working, Not Sick Leave, Be Part of the Solution?

Morten’s work is focused on improving care for people with chronic pain. He focuses on science education (combining clinical and academic competencies) while also developing his own competencies in research, education, and communication. He has published 11 peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book chapters on pain-related topics and has co-authored a textbook on pain. He holds various volunteer roles with the Danish Society for Pain and Physiotherapy, EFIC, and the Danish Pain Association.


Víctor Doménech García, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Jorge University, Zaragoza, Spain

Víctor is an assistant professor at San Jorge University, Zaragoza where he teaches in the physiotherapy degree program in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He completed his PhD in 2020 at CNAP at Aalborg University and holds an MSc in Research in Primary Care and an MSc in Orthopedic Manual Therapy. He received his BSc in Physiotherapy. He also maintains a private clinical practice with patients with common musculoskeletal disorders and complex pain problems. He is also a member of the Spanish Society for Physiotherapy and Pain and the Spanish Pain Society.

To learn more about the Global Year About Back Pain, please visit: iasp-pain.org/GlobalYear

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