Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders

Section edited by Anita Wluka

This section concerns all aspects of the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders including but not limited to: cohort studies, genetic association studies, and prevalence studies.

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  1. Research article

    Causes, trends and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in Ghana

    Musculoskeletal [MSK] injuries are common causes of long-term pain and physical disability which affect many people worldwide. The economic and social impacts on the individual, society and national health sys...

    Eric Lawer Torgbenu, Emmanuel K. Nakua, Henry Kyei, Eric Badu and Maxwell Peprah Opoku

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:349

    Published on: 11 August 2017

  2. Research article

    Incidence and risk factors of exercise-related knee disorders in young adult men

    Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries are common causes of morbidity and loss of active, physically demanding training days in military populations. We evaluated the incidence, diagnosis, and risk factors of ...

    Harri K. Pihlajamäki, Mickael C. Parviainen, Hannu Kautiainen and Ilkka Kiviranta

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:340

    Published on: 7 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Assessment of potential risk factors for new onset disabling low back pain in Japanese workers: findings from the CUPID (cultural and psychosocial influences on disability) study

    Most studies of risk factors for new low back pain (LBP) have been conducted in Western populations, but because of cultural and environmental differences, the impact of causal factors may not be the same in o...

    Mika Kawaguchi, Ko Matsudaira, Takayuki Sawada, Tadashi Koga, Akiko Ishizuka, Tatsuya Isomura and David Coggon

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:334

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  4. Study protocol

    Preventing musculoskeletal injuries among recreational adult volleyball players: design of a randomised prospective controlled trial

    Both acute and overuse injuries are common among recreational volleyball players, especially finger/wrist, ankle, shoulder and knee injuries. Consequently, an intervention (‘VolleyVeilig’) was developed to pre...

    Vincent Gouttebarge, Johannes Zwerver and Evert Verhagen

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:333

    Published on: 2 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Slipped capital femoral epiphysis: a population-based study

    Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disorder in children 9–15 years old. This is a population-based study in Sweden presenting the epidemiology for SCFE.

    Bengt Herngren, Margaretha Stenmarker, Ludek Vavruch and Gunnar Hagglund

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:304

    Published on: 18 July 2017

  6. Research article

    Development of a pilot cartilage surgery register

    Norway has no prospective surveillance system to monitor the outcome of knee cartilage surgery. In 2004 the Norwegian Registry of Knee Ligament (NKLR) was successfully established, and has yielded useful infor...

    Cathrine Nørstad Engen, Asbjørn Årøen and Lars Engebretsen

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:282

    Published on: 30 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Prevalence of arthritis according to age, sex and socioeconomic status in six low and middle income countries: analysis of data from the World Health Organization study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE) Wave 1

    In higher income countries, social disadvantage is associated with higher arthritis prevalence; however, less is known about arthritis prevalence or determinants in low to middle income countries (LMICs). We a...

    Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, S. Cook, M. T. Leech, S. J. Bowe, P. Kowal, N. Naidoo, I. N. Ackerman, R. S. Page, S. M. Hosking, J. A. Pasco and M. Mohebbi

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:271

    Published on: 21 June 2017

  8. Research article

    Administrative Algorithms to identify Avascular necrosis of bone among patients undergoing upper or lower extremity magnetic resonance imaging: a validation study

    Studies of the epidemiology and outcomes of avascular necrosis (AVN) require accurate case-finding methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate performance characteristics of a claims-based algorithm designe...

    Medha Barbhaiya, Yan Dong, Jeffrey A. Sparks, Elena Losina, Karen H. Costenbader and Jeffrey N. Katz

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:268

    Published on: 19 June 2017

  9. Research article

    Consultation patterns of children and adolescents with knee pain in UK general practice: analysis of medical records

    Knee problems are common in children and adolescents. Despite this, little is known about the epidemiology of knee problems in children and adolescents who consult in general practice. The aim of this study wa...

    Zoe A. Michaleff, Paul Campbell, Joanne Protheroe, Amit Rajani and Kate M. Dunn

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:239

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  10. Research article

    Epidemiology and time trends of distal forearm fractures in adults - a study of 11.2 million person-years in Sweden

    A distal forearm fracture is a very common injury causing both suffering and substantial health care costs. The incidence of this fracture type seemed to increase worldwide until the middle 1980’s, but thereaf...

    Daniel Jerrhag, Martin Englund, Magnus K. Karlsson and Bjorn E. Rosengren

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:240

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  11. Research article

    Health care utilization in patients with gout: a prospective multicenter cohort study

    All published studies of health care utilization in gout have been cross-sectional to date, and most used a patient-reported diagnosis of gout. Our objective was to assess health care utilization and its predi...

    Jasvinder A. Singh, Aseem Bharat, Dinesh Khanna, Cleopatra Aquino-Beaton, Jay E. Persselin, Erin Duffy, David Elashoff and Puja P. Khanna

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:233

    Published on: 31 May 2017

  12. Research article

    Association between Epicondylitis and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Pooled Occupational Cohorts

    The pathophysiology of lateral epicondylitis (LE) is unclear. Recent evidence suggests some common musculoskeletal disorders may have a basis in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors. Thus, we examined CVD...

    Kurt T. Hegmann, Matthew S. Thiese, Jay Kapellusch, Andrew Merryweather, Stephen Bao, Barbara Silverstein, Eric M. Wood, Richard Kendall, James Foster, David L. Drury and Arun Garg

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:227

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  13. Research article

    Generalised joint hypermobility and shoulder joint hypermobility, – risk of upper body musculoskeletal symptoms and reduced quality of life in the general population

    Generalised Joint Hypermobility (GJH) is a hereditary condition with an ability to exceed the joints beyond the normal range. The prevalence of GJH in the adult population and its impact on upper body musculos...

    Birgit Juul-Kristensen, Lasse Østengaard, Sebrina Hansen, Eleanor Boyle, Tina Junge and Lise Hestbaek

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:226

    Published on: 30 May 2017

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