1st Prevent4Work Symposium Work-related MusculoSkeletal Disorders

a cura di IRCSS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milano


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Villa Torretta Hotel

Via Milanese, 3

Sesto San Giovanni MI




To increase awareness of work-related musculoskeletal disorders

To provide a platform for experts to share and discuss the available evidence on how to manage work-related musculoskeletal disorders

To present new ideas on how to address work-related musculoskeletal disorders




P4W is an european union financed project under the Erasmus+ programme, entrusted to an international consortium of companies and universities  with the aim of establish a network between academic/higher education world, work health-related insitutuions, health technology enterpries and companies from different sectors to develop innovative educational programmes, high quality evidence-based material and actions that can be implemented in the EU to prevent and manage Work-related MusculoSkeletal Disorders (WMSDs)



13:30 Registration, Introduction and Welcome

Pedro Berjano

Director of the Division of Vertebral Surgery GSpine4 of the Orthopedic Clinic at the IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute of Milan (Italy)


14:00 Project Presentation

Pablo Herrero

Head of "iPhysio" Research Group at the San Jorge University (Spain)


14:45 First P4W results: Education to manage work-related muskuloskeletal pain Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson

Researcher and associate professor at the Aalborg University (Denmark)


15:15 Keynote Speaker 1

Addressing psychological risk factors with early interventions: The tale of two controlled studies

Steven J. Linton

Head of "Center for Health  and Medical Psychology" Research Group at the Orebro University (Sweden)


16:15 Ideas Contest: Presentation of selected Ideas


16:45 Break


17:15 Keynote Speaker 2

Objectively measured physical behaviour and muscoloskeletal pain

Morten Villumsen

Researcher and part-time lecturer at the Aalborg University (Denmark)


18:15 Round table with keynote speakers and experts in P4W

Pedro Berjano

Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson

Pablo Herrero

Steven J. Linton

Morten Villumsen

Morten Sebastian Hoegh - Researcher and part-time lecturer at the Aalborg University (Denmark)

Steffan Wittrup Christensen - Researcher and associate professor at the Aalborg University (Denmark)


19:00 Awarded Ideas


19:30 Congress Conclusions - Learning questionnaire

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Dr. Pedro Berjano

The entirety of his University formation took place in Spain, his home country: He conducted his university studies in Medicine in Granada, his Specialization in Madrid, and his Doctorate in Research in Salamanca. He began is clinical activity as an Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon in Madrid. Since 2003 he’s been living and working in Italy. Present Director of the Spine Surgery Division of The Orthopedic Clinic at the IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute of Milan, he also works privately at the Columbus Clinical Center in Milan, the Rome American Hospital, and in Locarno, Switzerland he is the Head of Spine Surgery at the Santa Chiara Clinic.


For many years he’s been invited as a consultant surgeon to some of the most renowned national and international centers, such as: Les Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG), the Lindenhofspital in Bern, the Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli in Bologna, the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome, the San Camillo Hospital in Rome, the Molinette Hospital in Torino, the Regional Center for Spine Surgery in Schio (Vicenza), the Giovanni Bosco Hospital in Turin, the St. Maria della Misericordia Hospital in Udine.


He is an active member of the International Scientific Community: He participates in the research and development of new minimally invasive surgical techniques for the spine. Since 1996, he’s been a pioneer in the use of microsurgery techniques, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic, percutaneous technique for spine and kyphoplasty. Since 2009 he’s been successfully applying the latest minimally invasive techniques to complex procedures, including the XLIF technique for the treatment of lumbar pain, adult spinal deformities, core compression, and stenosis.


He is a supporter of continual formation in Europe and in the U.S. He conducts practical courses on anatomical models for Italian and foreign colleagues, and he hosts training visits in Italy for international colleagues seeking surgical training. As the conference Chairman, he organizes and leads international seminars and courses. Since 2011 he has been a Lecturer for the Japanese Orthopedic Association.

Dr. Pablo Herrero

Dr. Pablo Herrero is Head of Research at iPhysio Research Group and Lecturer at San Jorge University. He holds a doctorate in Physical Therapy from Zaragoza University (Spain) with European Mention after spending a research stage at Keele University (UK). Dr. Herrero is specialist in invasive techniques, teaching about dry needling for the treatment of myofascial pain at pre-graduate (San Jorge University) and post-graduate courses in different countries.


He is the author of DNHS® technique and method, a dry needling technique to treat spasticity, which has been expanded to different countries all through the world. He is also inventor of the patented 3TOOL®, an innovative tool to help physios with treatments and also for self-treatment.


He is also President of the Association for Research in Motor Handicap (AIDIMO) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Invasive Techniques in Physical Therapy.


He has experience in European projects related to technologies for rehabilitation, leading the project “3TOOLing your Health” which ended in a platform to prescribe therapeutic exercises to patients remotely and to monitor their evolution (see and he is currently leading the European Project Prevent4Work, awarded with 898476€ for the years 2018-2021 with European SMEs, enterprises and Universities.

Dr. Morten Hoegh

After qualifying as a clinical physiotherapist (1999) and completing several clinical exams, Morten was granted the title of specialist

physiotherapist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy (2005) and sports physiotherapy (2006). But it was not until 2010-12 he made an entry to academia when he joined the multidisciplinary Master-of-Science in Pain: Science & Society at King's College London (UK). From 2015-19 Morten did his PhD in Medicine/pain at Center for Neuroplasticity and Pain (CNAP), Aalborg University.


Having spent more than a decade as clinician, teacher and business developer he decided to focus on improving national and international pain education based on the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). Most recently, he was appointed vice-chair of the European Pain Federation’s Educational Committee and has been involved in the development of the Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy and underlying curriculum. Currently he is overseeing the developments of similar programs in nursing and psychology. At a national level Morten has been appointed to several chairs and committees including the Danish Medicine and Health Authorities and the Danish Council of Ethics.


He has co-authored a textbook on pain, and written several book chapters, clinical commentaries and peer-reviewed articles on basic science in relation to pain modulation.


Morten is regarded as a skilled and inspiring speaker and he has been invited to present in Europe, US, Canada and Asia. He is also a prolific debater and advocate of evidence-based and patient-centered approaches to treatment in general. If there was one thing that Morten would like to improve in health care, it would be more focused management for people who live with chronic pain.

Dr. Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson

Dr. Palsson is an associate professor at the Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark. A physiotherapist by background, Dr. Palsson holds a PhD in Clinical Science and Biomedicine from Aalborg University. Currently, his role at the university is divided into research and teaching at post-graduate level.

His research focus is on musculoskeletal pain, in particular the relationship between clinical symptoms and the sensitivity of pain mechanisms. He has authored several scientific publications on the manifestations of experimental and clinical musculoskeletal pain conditions in collaboration with domestic and international research groups.

In addition to his position at Aalborg University, Dr. Palsson runs a physiotherapy clinic where he works part-time. At the clinic, he sees people with complicated pain musculoskeletal pain conditions. The overall focus of the management strategies at the clinic are on identifying strategies the patients can implement in their everyday to improve their condition.

Dr. Palsson is involved in several international research projects and is currently involved in the ERASMUS+ project: Prevent4Work in collaboration with universities and the industry in Denmark, Spain and Italy

Dr. Steven J. Linton

Steven J. Linton is Senior Professor of Clinical Psychology who has focused his research on the role of psychological factors in the development and treatment of pain. To this end he has conducted several impressive longitudinal and clinical studies to identify key processes in the etiology of chronic pain and disability.  This has also resulted in theoretical advancements including the fear and avoidance model and a model for the interaction of emotions and pain. He has also worked diligently to provide interventions.  A host of randomized controlled studies lay at the base of these psychologically oriented treatments for patients with severe chronic pain problems including exposure in-vivo and a hybrid, emotion-focused therapy that he has pioneered.  Rather than simply treat chronic pain once developed, Professor Linton has also paved the way to an early identification system based on psychosocial factors for patients with back pain in primary care coupled to early, preventative interventions. Most recently his work has focused on implementing very early preventive interventions focusing on communication and problem solving techniques as well as evaluating the effects of a hybrid therapy for patients suffering chronic pain and disability.  Consequently, Professor Linton brings clinical and scientific expertise to the conference.


As Senior Professor of Clinical Psychology and a scientific leader for the Center for Health and Medical Psychology his work ranges from teaching clinical and health psychology, to the translation and implementation of new findings, to a vibrant research agenda. He currently supervises several doctoral and master level students.  He enjoys the great outdoors, self-sufficient gardening, and running!

Dr. Steffan Wittrup Christensen

Dr. Christensen is an associate lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, University College of Northern Denmark (UCN) and an associate professor at the Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark. He is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist with a PhD in Clinical Science and Biomedicine from Aalborg University. He teaches and conducts research at both UCN and AAU.

His research is focused on understanding musculoskeletal disorders, with a special interest in spine-related pain conditions, and how these may affect movement and pain sensitivity, and further how these can be impacted by exercise. He has published several scientific articles focused on both experimental and clinical musculoskeletal disorders, as well as having co-authored the latest Danish national clinical guideline for treating neck pain.

Beside conducting research and teaching at both UCN and AAU, Steffan works in clinical practice treating people suffering from complex painful conditions, including people with work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Dr. Morten Villumsen

PhD Morten Villumsen works a special consultant at Aalborg Municipality, Denmark, and is external lecturer at Aalborg University, Denmark. His focus is on ensuring that research and development activities are relevant and able to be implemented in a clinical setting.


He has a PhD in ergonomics on the association between forward bending and low back pain. Morten Villumsen is a specialist in technical measures of physical behavior with special interest in musculoskeletal pain.


He has been working on the DPhacto cohort in Denmark regarding objective measures of physical behavior among blue-collar workers. He has also been working on the Horizon2020 projects selfBACK in Norway. Further, he has been involved in the European projects Prevent4Work and BACKup.






Physical and rehabilitation medicine

Occupational medicine and workplace safety

Orthopedics and traumatology




Anesthesia and intensive care

Forensic medicine

Hygiene, epidemiology and public health

General medicine (Family doctors)

Medical management of a hospital unit

Organization of basic health services



Professional educator


Orthopedic technician

Occupational therapist

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ID dell’evento: 146043.1

Attribuiti 5 crediti ECM

L’evento è accreditato per un massimo di 100 partecipanti delle categorie professionali dei Fisioterapisti, Educatori professionali, Infermieri, Tecnici ortopedici, Terapisti occupazionali, Tecnici della prevenzione nell’ambiente e nei luoghi di lavoro,  Psicologi/Psicoterapeuti oltre a Medici Chirurghi delle seguenti specialità:

- Anestesia e rianimazione

- Direzione medica di presidio ospedaliero

- Igiene, epidemiologia e sanità pubblica

- Medicina del lavoro e sicurezza degli ambienti di lavoro

- Medicina Fisica e riabilitazione

- Medicina generale (medici di famiglia)

- Medicina legale

- Neurochirurgia

- Organizzazione dei servizi sanitari di base

- Ortopedia e traumatologia

- Reumatologia


La soglia minima di partecipazione richiesta è del 90% delle ore totali previste dal programma.


L’attestato crediti sarà rilasciato solo ed esclusivamente ai partecipanti che avranno superato il questionario di apprendimento con ALMENO l’80% di risposte esatte e che avranno raggiunto la soglia minima di partecipazione

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