Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network - Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research
  • Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network
  • Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network
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Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network

Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems like arthritis, osteoporosis, back pain, tendinopathies, and broken bones lead to pain and lack of mobility—the most common disabilities in Canada. The impact on individuals, families, and societies in suffering and loss of life roles or independence is tremendous.

The Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network will mitigate the MSK burden in Canada through coordinated, national efforts to develop novel rehab solutions and test these in high-quality research. Our network will leverage new wearable/web technologies to create novel rehab applications, and test the effectiveness of new and more accessible rehab therapies to achieve pain-free mobility and work participation. 

Launched in 2016, the Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network brought together 80 researchers, collaborators and knowledge users, and 20 partners/consumer groups. Since then, the network has grown by 43%, research priorities were established, 17 pilot projects were supported, 23 trainees were integrated, and new teams were created. We built innovative funding and learning opportunities for trainees, and research platforms that allow us to share clinical and biomechanical data nationally. We will now build on these capacities and partnerships to conduct studies that require national networks to conduct high impact MSK research to enhance mobility, reduce pain, and improve quality of life.