Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health

Section edited by J. Bart Staal

This section concerns all aspects of physical therapies and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders. This section also considers studies concerning work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupation health.

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  1. Study protocol

    Effectiveness of a physiotherapist delivered cognitive-behavioral patient education for patients who undergoes operation for total knee arthroplasty: a protocol of a randomized controlled trial

    Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) is a common and generally effective procedure performed mainly due to advanced osteoarthritis, pain, physical disability and reduced quality of life. However, approximately 20% of...

    Sara Birch, Maiken Stilling, Inger Mechlenburg and Torben Bæk Hansen

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:116

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  2. Research article

    Clinically acceptable agreement between the ViMove wireless motion sensor system and the Vicon motion capture system when measuring lumbar region inclination motion in the sagittal and coronal planes

    Wireless, wearable, inertial motion sensor technology introduces new possibilities for monitoring spinal motion and pain in people during their daily activities of work, rest and play. There are many types of ...

    Hanne Leirbekk Mjøsund, Eleanor Boyle, Per Kjaer, Rune Mygind Mieritz, Tue Skallgård and Peter Kent

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:124

    Published on: 21 March 2017

  3. Study protocol

    Outcome of patients after lower limb fracture with partial weight bearing postoperatively treated with or without anti-gravity treadmill (alter G®) during six weeks of rehabilitation – a protocol of a prospective randomized trial

    Partial or complete immobilization leads to different adjustment processes like higher risk of muscle atrophy or a decrease of general performance. The present study is designed to prove efficacy of the anti-g...

    Ralf Henkelmann, Sebastian Schneider, Daniel Müller, Ralf Gahr, Christoph Josten and Jörg Böhme

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:104

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  4. Research article

    Benefits of resistance exercise in lean women with fibromyalgia: involvement of IGF-1 and leptin

    Chronic pain and fatigue improves by exercise in fibromyalgia (FM) but underlying mechanisms are not known. Obesity is increased among FM patients and associates with higher levels of pain. Symptom improvement...

    Jan L. Bjersing, Anette Larsson, Annie Palstam, Malin Ernberg, Indre Bileviciute-Ljungar, Monika Löfgren, Björn Gerdle, Eva Kosek and Kaisa Mannerkorpi

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:106

    Published on: 14 March 2017

  5. Study protocol

    Weight-loss and exercise for communities with arthritis in North Carolina (we-can): design and rationale of a pragmatic, assessor-blinded, randomized controlled trial

    Recently, we determined that in a rigorously monitored environment an intensive diet-induced weight loss of 10% combined with exercise was significantly more effective at reducing pain in men and women with sy...

    Stephen P. Messier, Leigh F. Callahan, Daniel P. Beavers, Kate Queen, Shannon L. Mihalko, Gary D. Miller, Elena Losina, Jeffrey N. Katz, Richard F. Loeser, Sara A. Quandt, Paul DeVita, David J. Hunter, Mary F. Lyles, Jovita Newman, Betsy Hackney and Joanne M. Jordan

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:91

    Published on: 22 February 2017

  6. Research article

    Comparison of the Swedish STarT Back Screening Tool and the Short Form of the Örebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire in patients with acute or subacute back and neck pain

    Patients with back and neck pain are often seen in primary care and it is important to provide them with tailored interventions based on risk stratification/triage. The STarT Back Screening Tool (SBT) is a wid...

    Malin Forsbrand, Birgitta Grahn, Jonathan C. Hill, Ingemar F. Petersson, Charlotte Post Sennehed and Kjerstin Stigmar

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:89

    Published on: 21 February 2017

  7. Research article

    Towards an optimal therapy strategy for myogenous TMD, physiotherapy compared with occlusal splint therapy in an RCT with therapy-and-patient-specific treatment durations

    Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) may be characterized by pain and restricted jaw movements. In the absence of somatic factors in the temporomandibular joint, mainly myogenous, psychobiological, and psychosoci...

    Robert J. van Grootel, Rob Buchner, Daniël Wismeijer and Hilbert W. van der Glas

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:76

    Published on: 10 February 2017

  8. Study protocol

    A protocol for a new methodological model for work-related shoulder complex injuries: From diagnosis to rehabilitation

    Work-related injuries of the shoulder complex represent a challenge for clinicians because of the large variety of clinical entities involved and the broad anatomic structures that can be affected. Furthermore...

    Igor Setuain, Miriam Gonzalez-Izal, Ainara Paularena, Jose Luis Luque, Lars L. Andersen and Mikel Izquierdo

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:70

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  9. Research article

    Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D™): evidence-based education and supervised neuromuscular exercise delivered by certified physiotherapists nationwide

    The uptake of evidence-based guidelines in clinical practice is suboptimal in osteoarthritis (OA) and other chronic diseases. Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D) was launched in 2013 with the aim ...

    Søren T. Skou and Ewa M. Roos

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:72

    Published on: 7 February 2017

  10. Research article

    Implementing the Keele stratified care model for patients with low back pain: an observational impact study

    The Keele stratified care model for management of low back pain comprises use of the prognostic STarT Back Screening Tool to allocate patients into one of three risk-defined categories leading to associated ri...

    Adrian Bamford, Andy Nation, Susie Durrell, Lazaros Andronis, Ellen Rule and Hugh McLeod

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:66

    Published on: 3 February 2017

  11. Research article

    Intertester and intratester reliability of movement control tests on the hip for patients with hip osteoarthritis

    Hip joint complaints are a problem associated with increasing age and impair the mobility of a large section of the elderly population. Reliable and valid tests are necessary for a thorough investigation of a ...

    Rahel Lenzlinger-Asprion, Niculina Keller, André Meichtry and Hannu Luomajoki

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:55

    Published on: 31 January 2017

  12. Research article

    Acute effects of physical exercise on the serum insulin-like growth factor system in women with fibromyalgia

    Increased Serum insulin-like growth factor-1 (S-IGF-1) has been noted after physical activity in healthy subjects, while the acute release of S-IGF-1 in relation to exercise has not previously been studied in ...

    Kaisa Mannerkorpi, Kerstin Landin-Wilhelmsen, Anette Larsson, Åsa Cider, Olivia Arodell and Jan L. Bjersing

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:37

    Published on: 25 January 2017

  13. Study protocol

    Effectiveness of Aquatic Therapy vs Land-based Therapy for Balance and Pain in Women with Fibromyalgia: a study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

    Fibromyalgia is a disease with an increasing incidence. It impairs the quality of life of patients and decreases their functional capacity. Aquatic therapy has already been used for managing the symptoms of th...

    Sabela Rivas Neira, Amélia Pasqual Marques, Irene Pegito Pérez, Ramón Fernández Cervantes and Jamile Vivas Costa

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:22

    Published on: 19 January 2017

  14. Research article

    Cost-effectiveness of using a motion-sensor biofeedback treatment approach for the management of sub-acute or chronic low back pain: economic evaluation alongside a randomised trial

    Low back pain is a common and costly condition internationally. There is high need to identify effective and economically efficient means for managing this problem. This study aimed to explore the cost-effecti...

    Terry Haines and Kelly-Ann Bowles

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:18

    Published on: 17 January 2017

  15. Study protocol

    Taking ACTION to reduce pain: ACTION study rationale, design and protocol of a randomized trial of a proactive telephone-based coaching intervention for chronic musculoskeletal pain among African Americans

    Rates of chronic pain are rising sharply in the United States and worldwide. Presently, there is evidence of racial disparities in pain treatment and treatment outcomes in the United States but few interventio...

    Rozina H. Bhimani, Lee J. S. Cross, Brent C. Taylor, Laura A. Meis, Steven S. Fu, Kelli D. Allen, Sarah L. Krein, Tam Do, Robert D. Kerns and Diana J. Burgess

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:15

    Published on: 13 January 2017

  16. Research article

    Contradictory individualized self-blaming: a cross-sectional study of associations between expectations to managers, coworkers, one-self and risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers

    Within work sociology, several studies have addressed construction workers’ practices of masculinity, class, economy, safety risks and production. However, few studies have investigated room for agency in rela...

    Jeppe Zielinski Nguyen Ajslev, Roger Persson and Lars Louis Andersen

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:13

    Published on: 10 January 2017

  17. Research article

    Supervised neuromuscular exercise prior to hip and knee replacement: 12-month clinical effect and cost-utility analysis alongside a randomised controlled trial

    There are indications of beneficial short-term effect of pre-operative exercise in reducing pain and improving activity of daily living after total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) surger...

    Linda Fernandes, Ewa M. Roos, Søren Overgaard, Allan Villadsen and Rikke Søgaard

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:5

    Published on: 6 January 2017

  18. Study protocol

    Participatory organizational intervention for improved use of assistive devices for patient transfer: study protocol for a single-blinded cluster randomized controlled trial

    Epidemiological studies have shown that patient transfer is a risk factor for back pain, back injuries and long term sickness absence, whereas consistent use of assistive devices during patient transfer seems ...

    Markus D. Jakobsen, Birgit Aust, Johnny Dyreborg, Pete Kines, Maja B. Illum and Lars L. Andersen

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:501

    Published on: 20 December 2016

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