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The Council for Musculoskeletal Health

– promotes musculoskeletal health by increasing awareness, dissemination of knowledge and promoting implementation of effective strategies for prevention and treatment.

The Council for Musculoskeletal Health is an umbrella organization where associations and institutional bodies in Norway work together for better musculoskeletal health.

The Council is the Norwegian National Alliance Network (NAN) within The Bone and Joint Decade – The global alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc).

The Council was established in March 2003 and its present membership consists of patient organizations, health profession and medical speciality associations, academic institutions and the Norwegian Directorate of Health making a total of 15 member organizations.  The Council was formerly known as The Bone and Joint Decade in Norway (Muskel-og Skjelett Tiåret i Norge) and renamed in 2015.

What is Musculoskeletal Health?

Musculoskeletal Health includes trauma, diseases and complaints in the musculoskeletal system and is divided into 5 major groups:

  1. Pain and other complaints and/or altered function in the musculoskeletal system caused by physical and psychological stress
  2. Non-infectious inflammatory disease of the joints, spine and/ord soft tissues
  3. Degenerative disease of the joints and/or spine
  4. Pathological bone loss/osteoporosis with or without fractures
  5. Trauma to the musculoskeletal system and its long term health consequences

The Council for Musculoskeletal Health will

  • Increase awareness of the growing burden of musculoskeletal injuries, diseases and complaints.
  • Promote an evidence-based understanding of musculoskeletal disorders through dissemination of research.
  • Improve the quality of life for everyone with impaired musculoskeletal health.
  • Empower patients through knowledge and self-management strategies.
  • Promote cost-effective prevention and treatment in order to reduce the burden to society from musculoskeletal disorders.

15 member organizations per May 2016

  • Forskningsenheten for muskel- og skjeletthelse (FORMI) (Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Health, Division for neuroscience and musculoskeletal medicine, Oslo University Hospital)
  • Helsedirektoratet (The Norwegian Directorate of Health)
  • Statens arbeidsmiljøinstitutt (STAMI) (National Institute of Occupational Health)
  • Norsk Revmatologisk Forening (Norwegian Association of Rheumatologists, The Norwegian Medical Association)
  • Norsk Ortopedisk Forening (Norwegian Orthopedic Society, The Norwegian Medical Association)
  • Norsk Kiropraktorforening (NKF) (Norwegian Chiropractic Association)
  • Norsk Fysioterapeutforbund (NFF) (Norwegian Physiotherapy Association)
  • NFF – Faggruppe for psykomotorisk fysioterapi (Norwegian Society of Psychomotor Physiotherapy)
  • Norsk manuellterapautforening (NMF) (Norwegian Association of Manual Physical Therapy)
  • Norsk Osteoporoseforbund (NOF) (Norwegian Osteoporosis Association)
  • Norsk Revmatikerforbund (NRF) (Norwegian Rheumatology Association)
  • Ryggforeningen i Norge (RiN) (Norwegian Back Pain Assosiation)
  • Landsforeningen for kvinner med bekkenleddsmerter (LKB) (National Association of Women with Pelvic Joint pain)
  • Landsforeningen for nakkeskadde (LFN) (National Neck Injuries Association)
  • Privatpraktiserende Fysioterapeuters Forening (PFF) (The Association for Physiotherapists in Private Practice)

Norwegian Council for Musculoskeletal Health – Board members

Chairman:
Jakob Lothe – Norsk Kiropraktorforening (NKF) (Norwegian Chiropractors’ Association)

First Deputy Chairman:
Jon Hagfors – Norsk Revmatikerforbund (NRF) (Norwegian Rheumatology Association)

Member:
Merete Tønder – Faggruppe for psykomotorisk fysioterapi (NFF) (Norwegian Society of Psychomotor Physiotherapy)
Lasse Efskind – Norsk Ortopedisk Forening (Norwegian Orthopedic Society, The Norwegian Medical Association)
Erik Aarum – Norsk Manuellterapeutforening (NMF) (Norwegian Manual Theraphist Association)
Astrid T. Lunestad – Landforeningen for kvinner med bekkenleddsmerter (LKB) (National Association of Women with Pelvic Joint pain)

BJD ICC member:
Jack Skrolsvik

Executive secretary:
Amy Martinsen

Contact

Post adress

The Norwegian Council for Musculoskeletal Health
Postboks 125 Sentrum
NO-0102 OSLO
Norway

The Council is the Norwegian National Alliance Network (NAN) within The Bone and Joint Decade – The global alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc). In this article you can read more about The Bone and Joint Decade – The global alliance for Musculoskeletal Health (G-Musc).

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