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Gunnel Peterson

Adjunct Associate Professor, Docent


My aim is to contribute to development of diagnostic methods and evidence-based exercise interventions in chronic whiplash and improve knowledge of neck muscle function and structure in neck pain.

Neck pain and disability are common after whiplash injury and up to 50 % have persistent symptoms called whiplash associated disorders (WAD). Despite decades of research the cause of persistent pain and disability are largely unknown and effective treatment and diagnostic tools are lacking. My work expands musculoskeletal and neuromuscular function, and biopsychosocial factors related to neck pain.


Selected publications

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Gunnel Peterson, Maria Landén Ludvigsson, Shaun P. OLeary, Asa M. Dedering, Thorne Wallman, Margaretha I. N. Jonsson, Anneli Peolsson (2015)

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics , Vol.38 , s.465-746.e4 Continue to DOI

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Gunnel Peterson, David Nilsson, Johan Trygg, Deborah Falla, Asa Dedering, Thorne Wallman, Anneli Peolsson (2015)

Scientific Reports , Vol.5 Continue to DOI


Anneli Peolsson, Emma Nilsing Strid, Gunnel Peterson (2024) Novel Internet Support for Neck-Specific Rehabilitation Improves Work-Related Outcomes to the Same Extent as Extensive Visits to a Physiotherapy Clinic in Individuals with Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders: A Prospective Randomised Study Journal of occupational rehabilitation Continue to DOI


Nils Lund, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard, James M Elliott, Gunnel Peterson, Magnus Borga, Peter Zsigmond, Anette Karlsson, Anneli Peolsson (2023) Fatty infiltrate and neck muscle volume in individuals with chronic whiplash associated disorders compared to healthy controls - a cross sectional case-control study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 24, Article 181 Continue to DOI
Gunnel Peterson, Anneli Peolsson (2023) Efficacy of Neck-Specific Exercise With Internet Support Versus Neck-Specific Exercise at a Physiotherapy Clinic in Chronic Whiplash-Associated Disorders: Multicenter Randomized Controlled Noninferiority Trial Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol. 25, Article e43888 Continue to DOI


Anneli Peolsson, Anette Karlsson, Gunnel Peterson, Hanna Borén, Peter Zsigmond, James M. Elliott, Olof Dahlqvist Leinhard (2022) Morphology and composition of the ventral neck muscles in individuals with chronic whiplash related disorders compared to matched healthy controls: a cross-sectional case-control study BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 23, Article 867 Continue to DOI
Julia Treleaven, Gunnel Peterson, Maria Landén Ludvigsson, Anneli Peolsson (2022) Cervical musculoskeletal, physical and psychological factors associated with ongoing dizziness in patients with whiplash associated disorder, 12 months after undertaking a neck specific or general exercise intervention BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Vol. 23, Article 683 Continue to DOI