MD PhD, Chairman and Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services at Kuopio University Hospital (KUH).
Clinical and Scientific work at KUH since 1980 at the Depar..
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.
School of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine
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Mikkonen, Jani; Luomajoki, Hannu; Airaksinen, Olavi; Neblett, Randy; Selander, Tuomas; Leinonen, Ville. 2021. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Finnish version of the central sensitization inventory and its relationship with dizziness and postural control Bmc neurology 21 1: 141. 2021
Pesonen, Janne; Shacklock, Michael; Rantanen, Pekka; Mäki, Jussi; Karttunen, Lauri; Kankaanpää, Markku; Airaksinen, Olavi; Rade, Marinko. 2021. Extending the straight leg raise test for improved clinical evaluation of sciatica: reliability of hip internal rotation or ankle dorsiflexion Bmc musculoskeletal disorders 22 1: 303. 2021
Tuomainen, I; Pesonen, J; Rade, M; Pakarinen, M; Leinonen, V; Kröger, H; Airaksinen, O; Aalto, T. 2020. Preoperative Predictors of Better Long-Term Functional Ability and Decreased Pain Following LSS Surgery: A Prospective Observational Study with a 10-year Follow-Up Period Spine 45 11: 776-783. 2020
Pesonen, Janne; Rade, Marinko; Könönen, Mervi; Marttila, Jarkko; Shacklock, Michael; Vanninen, Ritva; Kankaanpää, Markku; Airaksinen, Olavi. 2019. Normalization of Spinal Cord Displacement With the Straight Leg Raise and Resolution of Sciatica in Patients With Lumbar Intervertebral Disc Herniation: A 1.5-year Follow-up Study Spine 44 15: 1064-1077. 2019
Qazi, Sarang Latif; Sirola, Joonas; Kröger, Heikki; Honkanen, Risto; Isanejad, Masoud; Airaksinen, Olavi; Rikkonen, Toni. 2019. High Postural Sway Is an Independent Risk Factor for Osteoporotic Fractures but Not for Mortality in Elderly Women Journal of bone and mineral research 34 5: 817-824. 2019
Kaijankoski, Hanna; Nissen, Mette; Ikäheimo, Tiina-Mari; von und zu Fraunberg, Mikael; Airaksinen, Olavi Huttunen, Jukka. 2018. Effect of Spinal Cord Stimulation on Early Disability Pension in 198 Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Patients: Case-Control Study Neurosurgery 2019; 84 6: 1225-1232. 2018
Sinikallio, S; Pakarinen, M; Tuomainen, I; Airaksinen, O; Viinamäki, H; Aalto, TJ. 2017. Preoperative sense of coherence associated with the 10-year outcomes of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery Journal of health psychology 2019; 24 7: 989-9971-9. 2017