Low back pain: Unveiling the contribution of motor control adaption using biomechanical modeling and neuroimaging

Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a major health issue. Treatment of chronic LBP is still a major challenge due to a lack of pathophysiological understanding. Thus, understanding LBP pathophysiology is a research priority.

Fiche signalétique

  • Département HESB | Santé
  • Pôle de recherche Efficacité et durabilité dans le système de santé
  • Champ de recherche Assessments, interventions, outcomes
  • Durée (prévue) 01.11.2019 - 30.06.2023
  • Direction du projet Stefan Schmid
  • Mots-clés LBP, musculoskeletal modelling, motor control, spinal kinematics

Contexte initial

In a first phase, we will use biomechanical approaches to quantify various everyday functional activities (e.g. standing up from chair, object lifting, walking and stair climbing) and identify strategies which might be related to chronic LBP. Furthermore, we will investigate the role of the brain, specifically the area responsible for the sensorimotor processing of the back, in relation to the different movement strategies.


The current project aims at investigating motor control adaptations related to non-specific chronic LBP and their contribution to the development and maintenance of pain.

Compétences clés

The results might provide new insights into the development and maintenance of non-specific chronic LBP and open up the way for new therapeutic approaches.