We want to improve the participation and quality of life of patients with musculoskeletal disorders and pain and individuals who have undergone amputations of one or more of the extremities.

Our research focuses on two priority areas:

  1. Disorders and amputations of the extremities
  2. Chronic pain
Relevance

Improve participation and quality of life

Clinical rehabilitation commonly deals with complex cases involving multiple co-morbidities and complications rather than single pure pathologies. Treatment is concentrated on optimizing quality-of-life for disabled patients with multiple problems, for which there is no single curative intervention.

Rehabilitation programs explicitly aim to improve patients’ mobility, independence in self-care, ability to communicate, and ability to live independently and to engage in productive activities. Consequently, a bio-psychosocial rather than a biomedical model has been put forward as the underlying model.

We decided to restrict the scope of clinical problems and treatment programs under study to:

  • Extremities: amputation, prosthetics and orthotics (lower and upper extremities) and disorders of lower and upper extremities;
  • Specific and a-specific (low back) pain syndromes and work participation.

In the near future, the research on extremities will focus on disorders of the hands and feet and amputation of extremities, more specifically on impairments, activities and participation.

The research on pain will focus on chronic pain and work participation. In new research projects, the two areas will be joined more explicitly.