The Musculoskeletal Elf's review of 2012


The MSK ElfDear friends

As its almost the end of the year the Musculoskeletal Elf will be having a short break from today over the festive season and will return in the New Year for more views on interesting and reliable research and guidance relevant for musculoskeletal conditions.

We thought that we would have a look at our highlights since our very first blog on 1st August 2012, which also saw the start of our facebook page and twitter posts @MSK_Elf. Since then we have posted 55 blogs, have 283 likes on facebook and 833 followers on twitter and have sent 664 tweets.

WOW not bad at all. A special BIG THANKS to all our followers, keep up the comments, likes, tweets and re-tweets and spread the word. Other notable highlights include:

  • Two of our Elves, Dr Heather Gray and Dr Lesley Dawson graduating with Professional Doctorates from Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland.
  • The investiture of three new Elves, Jane Green, Chris Seenan and Shiv Shanmugam who you will hear more from next year.

We have also supported and participated in several physical activity campaigns

athletic track with 2012 and Union flagOur first few blogs discussed topics of relevance to the London 2012 summer Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Well done Team GB and Paralympic team GB.

Low back pain

Blue cartoon man with back pain

Hip and Knee


Physical activity and exercise

Well more from us next year….watch this space…


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Tracey Howe

Hi I am Tracey Howe. I am a Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University, UK and Deputy Chair of Glasgow City of Science. I am also an editor for the Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group and a convenor for the Cochrane Health Care of Older People Field. I am a Trustee of the Picker Institute Europe. I started my career as a physiotherapist in the National Health Service in England. I have extensive experience of assessing the quality of research in Universities in the UK and internationally. I enjoy strategic visioning, creative problem-solving, and creating vibrant, multi-disciplinary environments, through collaboration, partnerships, and relationships, that empower others to succeed.

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