Education

High school graduation in Kuopio1974
Medical doctor from Kuopio University1979
Specialist of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine1986
Academic Dissertation in Kuopio University1991
Associate Professor (Docent) of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Kuopio University1993
Qualification of UEMS in PRM1995
Qualification of UEMS on education and teaching in PRM1997 -
- requalification every fifth year. (2002, 2007, 2012)
Qualification in Pain Management (Finnish Medical Association)1998
Qualification in Rehabilitation (Finnish Medical Association2001
Qualification for Professorship in Sports Medicine in Jyväskylä University2003
Qualification for GCP and the investigator Responsibilities2015

Clinical Work

Medical doctor for inpatients in Vaasa (Central Hospital)1978 - 79
Medical doctor for outpatients in Vaasa1979 - 81
Medical doctor for Rehabilitation Patients in Kuopio (Rehabilitation Center)1981 - 84
Consultant of PRM in Kuopio University Hospital1984 - 86
Chief of the Department of PRM in Kuopio University Hospital1986 - 88
Chairman and Clinical Director of the Department of PRM in Kuopio University Hospital1988 - 96
Professor of Physiotherapy, Department of Health Sciences in Jyväskylä University1997
Chairman and Clinical Director of the Department of PRM in Kuopio University Hospital1998 - 2008
Chairman and Clinical Director of Rehabilitation Services in Kuopio University Hospital2009 -
Supervisor of the education in PRM, and National Examination Referee (specialist education)1993 -

Scientific Referee for International Journals

European J Clin Epidemiology1994 -
Clin Physiol1998 -
Spine1999 -
Scand Sport Sci1998 -
Eur Pain Journal2002 -
Pain2003 -
J Rehab Disabl2003 -
J Rehab Med1998 -
Editorial Board Member2008 –
J IMM Editorial Board Member2007 -

Consultations

Senior Clinical Consultant of PRM in Herttua Rehabilitation Center in education1987 -
Senior Clinical Consultant of PRM in Siilinjärvi Rehabilitation Center1990 - 92
Senior Clinical Consultant for Prosthesis Foundation (Respecta Ltd)1990 -
Chairman of the Education Program for PRM in University of Kuopio/Eastern Finland1988 -
Medical advisor for Mega-Electronics Ltd (surface EMG )1987 -
Senior Consultant of PRM in education n Peurunka Rehabilitation Center1992 - 1998
Member of Urinary Incontince Advisory Board of Pharmacia corp1996 - 2003
Member of Advisory Board for Fysioline Ltd (physiotherapy devices, exercise, electrotherapy)1998 -
Board member of Finnish Antidoping Agency2006 –

International Expert

Member of Management Committee of COST B13 (Management of back Pain) in EU1999 - 2004
Member of Chronic LBP working group in COST B13 in EU2000 - 2004
Member of working group: Medical care, injections in CLBP in COST B132001 - 2004
Chairman of working group: Patient Assessment and Outcome Measures in COST B13 in EU2001 - 2004
Member of IAMMM Science Board2005 - 2008
Scientific Director of IAMMM International Academy2008 - 2012
Chairman of IAMMM Executive Board2012 –
Member of the International Society for Study of Lumbar Spine2013 -

Associations

Board Member of Finnish Association of Sports Medicine1989 -
Board Member of Finnish Association of Musculosceletal Medicine1988 -
President of Finnish Association of Musculosceletal Medicine1998 -
Vice President of Association of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Finland1995 - 97
President of the Association of PRM in Finland1997 - 2000
Delegation Member of Finnish Medical Association Duodecim1998 -
Member of IASP (International Association of Study for Pain)1990 -
Member of FIMM (Federation of Musculoskeletal Medicine)1988 -
Member of IFPRM (International Federation of Physical and Rehabilitation Med)1986 -
Member of ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)1991 - 96
Board Member of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine in Finland2000 - 2004
Board Member of League Against Musculosceletal Disease, International Bone and Joint Decade leading group in Finland1999 - 2010
Member of Scientific Comittee of FIMM2003 - 2005
Board Member of Finnnish Antidoping Agency2006 -
Board Member of Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine and Science2008 - 2010
President elected of Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine and Science2010 - 2012
Member of ISSLS (International Society for Study of Lumbar Spine)2013 -
President of Scandinavian Foundation of Sports Medicine and Science2012 - 2014
Past President Scandinavian of Foundation of Sports Medicine and Science2014 -
Member Of Executive Board of Finnish Society for study of Low Back Pain2014 - 2015
President of Finnish Society for Study Lumbar Spine2015 -

Sports Medicine

Medical Doctor of team: Finnish National Team (Youth < 20 yrs) (ice hockey)1982 - 84
Team Sport (Vaasa) in second division1980 - 81
Team Kalpa (Kuopio) in Finnish Hockey League Responsible MD for the team1982 -
Medical Director of Motocross Competition (World Championship races)1983 - 91

Publications

172 Original articles (published or accepted for publication) in peer reviewed indexed International Journals, over 50 other articles, two review articles in International Journals and eight review articles in Finnish Journals, over 30 chapters of books and 58 other publications and over 200 communications in International Medical Congresses concerning 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.