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Olavi  Airaksinen

Olavi Airaksinen


Professor of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in UEF (Physiatrics). MD PhD, Chairman and Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services at Kuopio University Hospital (KUH). Clinical and Scientific work at KUH since 1980 at the Department of PRM.

Institute of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences

My main research areas are low back pain, electromyography, pain and sports medicine. On these fields I have supervised 25 PhD students and more will be coming.

I have published up to now 185 Original articles (published or accepted for publication) in peer reviewed indexed International Journals, over 50 other articles, two review articles in International Journals an eight review articles in Finnish Journals, over 30 chapters of books and 58 other publications and over 200 communications in International Medical Congresses concerning of the following topics: pain management, treatment of oedema, diagnostics and treatment of low back pain, diagnostics and treatment of sports injuries and the use of surface EMG as measurement of muscle fatigue and muscular activity.

One of my biggest research projects is collaboration with the WOMEN-UP – EU Horizon 2020 funded development and research project with Catalonian University (Barcelona) and Amsterdam Medical Center (2014-2019). Other productive projects was in the beginning of millennium (1999-2006) COST B 13 – Clinical Practice Guidelines for Low Back Pain. On the field of analysing the EMG signal I have been collaborating with project of “Parkinson EMG” funded several times by Finnish Technology foundation and Finnish Science Academy.


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