Musculoskeletal Health

Musculoskeletal Health

Musculoskeletal conditions affect people across the life-course in all regions of the world. The prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions increases with age, but also younger people are affected. In the 2016 The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study showed that musculoskeletal conditions were the second highest contributor to global disability, and lower back pain remained the single leading cause of disability since it was first measured in 1990. While the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions varies by age and diagnosis, 20% to 33% of people across the globe live with a painful musculoskeletal condition.

The overall aim of our section is to contribute to improving physical performance, the activities of daily life, and health related quality of life for people who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders through high quality research.

Our research is embedded in Musculoskeletal Health Research Program of the research institute: Amsterdam Movement Sciences.

We collaborate with various research partners including, among others, various departments of Amsterdam UMC, READE, OLVG Hospital Amsterdam, Utrecht UMC, Radboud UMC. See for more detailed information about our (inter)national network or visit the personal websites.

Head of the Section: Prof.dr.R.W.J.G. Ostelo  

Department Manager: G.A. (Diana) de Rooy- Rijlaarsdam
Secretary: Anja Bakker, Heleen Heijstee en Jozien Vedder

Academic Staff
Prof.dr.R.W.J.G. Ostelo 
Dr. S.M. Rubinstein  
Dr. J.M. van Dongen  
Dr. W. IJzelenberg  

Post Doctoral Researchers
Dr. A. Chiarotto 
Dr. J. Knoop  

Junior researchers (external)PhDs and other fellows
Dr. M. Khorrami  
B.C. ter Meulen  
E.N. Berguis Mutubuki  
A de Zoete 
Edwin de Raaij 
Francois Maissan  
Julia Ratter  
Suzanne Wiertsema  
Sylvia Pellekooren