Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Institute of Clinical Medicine
University of Oulu
Dr. Karppinen is Professor of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine at the Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oulu, in Northern Finland. He works additionally at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health as a specialist of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. He has also an academic degree in Biochemistry. He has been an investigator in many clinical studies related to low back pain and sciatica (e.g. the role of TNF antagonists in sciatica). His PhD thesis was "Sciatica. Studies of symptoms, genetic factors, and treatment with periradicular infiltration". His current research interest has focused on environmental and genetic risk factors of degenerative spinal disorders with a special focus on the etiology and diagnostics of Modic changes. He is the Project Leader of the musculoskeletal subprojects of the Northern Finland Birth Cohorts and a Member of the Executive Group the Northern Finland Birth Cohorts. He is a member of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, International Association for the Study of Pain, European Spine Society, and AOSpine Research Network. He was invited as a Member of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2012.