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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. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) is a common and costly problem throughout the United States. To achieve a greater understanding of the occupational risk factors, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (...

    Authors: Sue A. Ferguson, Andrew Merryweather, Matthew S. Thiese, Kurt T. Hegmann, Ming-Lun Lu, Jay M. Kapellusch and William S. Marras

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:243

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    Tendinopathies of the lower extremity (e.g. Achilles, patellar, and plantar heel pain) are common in both general and sporting populations. However, the prevalence and incidence in Danish general practice is u...

    Authors: Henrik Riel, Cassandra Frydendal Lindstrøm, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Martin Bach Jensen and Jens Lykkegaard Olesen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:239

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    The Australian/Canadian hand Osteoarthritis Index (AUSCAN) and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities knee and hip Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) are the most commonly used clinical tools to manage and mo...

    Authors: Paola Siviero, Federica Limongi, Antonella Gesmundo, Sabina Zambon, Cyrus Cooper, Elaine M. Dennison, Mark H. Edwards, Erik J. Timmermans, Suzan van der Pas, Laura A. Schaap, Natasja M. van Schoor, Michael D. Denkinger, Florian Herbolsheimer, Richard Peter, Maria Victoria Castell, Ángel Otero…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:227

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    Back pain is one of the most common causes for disability in the working population. Some risk factors for back pain are well known, however little is known about factors uniquely associated with acute or chro...

    Authors: Steinthora Jonsdottir, Haroon Ahmed, Kristinn Tómasson and Ben Carter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:215

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Metabolic disorders presenting in HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) may increase the risk of osteoarthritis. However, structural changes of the knee in HIV infected subjects are understudie...

    Authors: Yao Liu, Sarah C. Foreman, Gabby B. Joseph, Jan Neumann, Phyllis C. Tien, Xiaoming Li, Nancy E. Lane, Michael C. Nevitt, Charles E. McCulloch and Thomas M. Link

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:190

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    Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are a common presentation in primary care. This study sought to determine the prevalence of MSK conditions in primary care in Ontario and to validate the extent to which health...

    Authors: Bridget L. Ryan, Heather L. Maddocks, Scott McKay, Robert Petrella, Amanda L. Terry and Moira Stewart

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:187

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Chronic pain (CP) can be a symptom of many underlying health issues. The consequences of CP may vary from slight discomfort to disruption of quality of life and normal functioning. In this study, we aim to inv...

    Authors: Ashraf El-Metwally, Quratulain Shaikh, Abdulrahman Aldiab, Jamaan Al-Zahrani, Sameer Al-Ghamdi, Abdullah A. Alrasheed, Mowafa Househ, Omar B. Da’ar, Shanila Nooruddin, Hira Abdul Razzak and Khaled K. Aldossari

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:177

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    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are prevalent in working populations and could result in a number of detrimental consequences. In China, healthcare professionals (HCP) in large hospitals may be likely to suff...

    Authors: Hongyun Dong, Qiong Zhang, Guangzeng Liu, Tingguo Shao and Yingzhi Xu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:175

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    A small cross sectional area (CSA) of the paraspinal muscles may be related to low back pain among military aviators but previous studies have mainly concentrated on spinal disc degeneration. Therefore, the pr...

    Authors: Tuomas Honkanen, Matti Mäntysaari, Tuomo Leino, Janne Avela, Liisa Kerttula, Ville Haapamäki and Heikki Kyröläinen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:170

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Chronic low back pain (cLBP) affects millions of Americans and costs billions. Studies suggest a link between cLBP and joint hypermobility.

    Authors: Adam P. Goode, Rebecca J. Cleveland, Todd A. Schwartz, Amanda E. Nelson, Virginia B. Kraus, Howard J. Hillstrom, Marian T. Hannan, Portia Flowers, Jordan B. Renner, Joanne M. Jordan and Yvonne M. Golightly

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:158

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  11. Content type: Research article

    It has been suggested that smoking is associated with reduced risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA). However, supplementary studies are needed to further investigate any such potential association. Thus, our aim wa...

    Authors: Marianne Bakke Johnsen, Kenneth Pihl, Nis Nissen, Rasmus Reinholdt Sørensen, Uffe Jørgensen, Martin Englund and Jonas Bloch Thorlund

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:141

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Recent findings indicate that wide international variation in the prevalence of disabling regional musculoskeletal pain among working populations is driven by unidentified factors predisposing to pain at multi...

    Authors: E. Rizzello, G. Ntani, I. Madan and D. Coggon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:133

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Bone stress fractures are overuse injuries commonly encountered in sports and military medicine. Some fatigue fractures lead to morbidity and loss of active, physically-demanding training days. We evaluated th...

    Authors: Harri Pihlajamäki, Mickael Parviainen, Heikki Kyröläinen, Hannu Kautiainen and Ilkka Kiviranta

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:126

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Obesity and sedentary behaviour, risk factors for knee osteoarthritis in middle-age, are increasing in younger adults. The objectives of this study were to estimate the prevalence of knee problems in young adu...

    Authors: Chukwuemeka Ibeachu, James Selfe, Chris J. Sutton and Paola Dey

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:116

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Stroke is a major risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures. No study has evaluated the association between diuretic use and risk of vertebral fracture in stroke patients, although a considerable proportion o...

    Authors: Shu-Man Lin, Shih-Hsien Yang, Chih-Yung Wang and Huei-Kai Huang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:96

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Stratified care is an up-to-date treatment approach suggested for patients with back pain in several guidelines. A comprehensively studied stratification instrument is the STarT Back Tool (SBT). It was develop...

    Authors: Sven Karstens, Katja Krug, Heiner Raspe, Max Wunderlich, Martin Hochheim, Stefanie Joos and Angelika Hüppe

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:94

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Comprehensive national joint replacement registries with well-validated data offer unique opportunities for examining the potential future burden of hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) at a population level. This...

    Authors: Ilana N. Ackerman, Megan A. Bohensky, Ella Zomer, Mark Tacey, Alexandra Gorelik, Caroline A. Brand and Richard de Steiger

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:90

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Lower extremity defects in healthy children raises interest of researchers as confirmed by numerous published original and review articles. The relationship between lower extremity postural defects and body ma...

    Authors: Michał Brzeziński, Zbigniew Czubek, Aleksandra Niedzielska, Marek Jankowski, Tomasz Kobus and Zbigniew Ossowski

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:84

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders are less likely to be reported as an underlying cause of death (UCD) and since cause of death studies are generally limited to the UCD, little is known about socioeconomic inequ...

    Authors: Aliasghar A. Kiadaliri, Ingemar F. Petersson and Martin Englund

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:83

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare, systemic disease caused by mutation(s) within the ALPL gene encoding tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (ALP). HPP has a heterogeneous presentation, which coupled with its r...

    Authors: Wolfgang Högler, Craig Langman, Hugo Gomes da Silva, Shona Fang, Agnès Linglart, Keiichi Ozono, Anna Petryk, Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg, Lothar Seefried and Priya S. Kishnani

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:80

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Data from a recent clinical trial of vitamin D therapy in knee OA suggests that, compared to placebo, vitamin D therapy may be associated with a reduction in effusion-synovitis. Our aim was, using contrast-enh...

    Authors: Thomas A. Perry, Matthew J. Parkes, Richard Hodgson, David T. Felson, Terence W. O’Neill and Nigel K. Arden

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:76

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Community characteristics such as poverty affect total knee arthroplasty (TKA) outcomes. However, it is unknown whether other community factors such as immigrant proportion (IP) also affect outcomes. Our objec...

    Authors: Bella Mehta, Jackie Szymonifka, Shirin Dey, Iris Navarro-Millan, Stephen Grassia, Lisa A. Mandl, Anne R. Bass, Linda Russell, Michael Parks, Mark Figgie, Lily Lee, Joe Nguyen and Susan M. Goodman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:67

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  23. Content type: Study protocol

    The achievement and improvement of skills in musical techniques to reach the highest levels of performance may expose music students to a wide range of playing-related musculoskeletal disorders (PRMDs).

    Authors: Cinzia Cruder, Pelagia Koufaki, Marco Barbero and Nigel Gleeson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:64

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The purpose was to measure the prevalence and related risk factors of low back pain (LBP) among health care workers (HCWs) at different levels of health care in southwestern Saudi Arabia.

    Authors: Ibrahim Alnaami, Nabil J. Awadalla, Mona Alkhairy, Suleiman Alburidy, Abdulaziz Alqarni, Almohannad Algarni, Rawan Alshehri, Bodoor Amrah, Mishal Alasmari and Ahmed A. Mahfouz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:56

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  25. Content type: Research article

    As the total hip arthroplasty (THA) mainly aims to improve the quality of life of the patients, study of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after THA has attracted much attention. Yet, the results consider...

    Authors: Mansour Bahardoust, Mikaiel Hajializade, Reza Amiri, Fatemeh Mousazadeh and Karim Pisoudeh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:46

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Heart rate variability (HRV) and baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) measurements provide means for the objective assessment of cardiovascular autonomic function. As previous studies have associated chronic pain with...

    Authors: Petteri Oura, Arto Hautala, Antti Kiviniemi, Juha Auvinen, Katri Puukka, Mikko Tulppo, Heikki Huikuri, Tapio Seppänen and Jaro Karppinen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:45

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Flight-related neck, shoulder and low back pain are the most common musculoskeletal disorders among helicopter pilots and their crewmembers, thus becoming a growing concern. Information on the combined prevale...

    Authors: Markus Posch, Alois Schranz, Manfred Lener, Werner Senn, Björn O. Äng, Martin Burtscher and Gerhard Ruedl

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:44

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Limitations in upper limb functioning are common in Musculoskeletal disorders and the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand scale (DASH) has gained widespread use in this context. However, various concern...

    Authors: B. Prodinger, A. Hammond, A. Tennant, Y. Prior and S. Tyson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:41

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Recent research has suggested that wide international variation in the prevalence of disabling regional pain among working populations is driven largely by factors predisposing to musculoskeletal pain in gener...

    Authors: Emanuele Rizzello, Georgia Ntani and David Coggon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:38

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The association between the weight of school bag and Low Back Pain (LBP) amongst students remains under intense debate worldwide. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of LBP amongst public high school s...

    Authors: Fatemah Akbar, Muneera AlBesharah, Jumana Al-Baghli, Farah Bulbul, Dana Mohammad, Bann Qadoura and Abdullah Al-Taiar

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:37

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Patellar dislocation is common in young and active patients. The purpose of this study was to determine sporting activity following the medial reefing of patellar dislocation.

    Authors: C. Ihle, J. Maurer, P. Ziegler, U. Stöckle, A. Ateschrang, M.-D. Ahrend and S. Schröter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:34

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Physical activity in adolescence is promoted for its multi-dimensional health benefits. However, too intensive sports participation is associated with an increased injury risk. Our aim was to compare the occur...

    Authors: L. Ristolainen, K. Toivo, J. Parkkari, S. Kokko, L. Alanko, O. J. Heinonen, R. Korpelainen, K. Savonen, H. Selänne, T. Vasankari, L. Kannas, J. Villberg and U. M. Kujala

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:32

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Very little is known about the burden of chronic low back pain in Africa. This study aimed at assessing disability and associated factors in chronic low back patients in Cameroon.

    Authors: Marie Doualla, Jeannine Aminde, Leopold Ndemnge Aminde, Fernando Kemta Lekpa, Felix Mangan Kwedi, Emmanuel Vubo Yenshu and Alain Mefire Chichom

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:25

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Shoulder and neck pain are reported as the most common occupational-related health problem and cause of morbidity, absenteeism from work among school teachers worldwide. School teachers represent an occupation...

    Authors: Melaku Hailu Temesgen, Gashaw Jember Belay, Asmare Yitayeh Gelaw, Balamurugan Janakiraman and Yaregal Animut

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:18

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Prior studies suggest that fish may be protective for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk perhaps through the anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fatty acid, but this relationship has not been clearly established. ...

    Authors: Jeffrey A. Sparks, Éilis J. O’Reilly, Medha Barbhaiya, Sara K. Tedeschi, Susan Malspeis, Bing Lu, Walter C. Willett, Karen H. Costenbader and Elizabeth W. Karlson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:2

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The ankle fracture is one of the most common fractures, increasing in an ageing population, but not generally seen as an osteoporotic fracture. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between dif...

    Authors: Hans Juto, Helena Nilsson and Per Morberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:441

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Osteoporosis is a major health concern for both men and women, and associated fractures incur substantial economic burden. While there are a multitude of studies on bone mineral density (BMD) and liver disease...

    Authors: Ho Jeong Do, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Yoon Jae Lee, Me-riong Kim, Dongwoo Nam, Eun-Jung Kim, Yeoncheol Park, Kristin Suhr and In-Hyuk Ha

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:410

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Valid and reliable patient-reported outcome measures support health professionals in evaluating the results of clinical research and practice. The Copenhagen Neck Functional Disability Scale (CNFDS) has shown ...

    Authors: Domenico Angilecchia, Maura Mezzetti, Alessandro Chiarotto, Antonella Daugenti, Giuseppe Giovannico and Francesca Bonetti

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:409

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Hip fractures are a common problem in the ageing population. Hip arthroplasty is the common treatment option for displaced intracapsular neck of femur fractures. Even though hip replacements are successful in ...

    Authors: Szilard Nemes, Dennis Lind, Peter Cnudde, Erik Bülow, Ola Rolfson and Cecilia Rogmark

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:407

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is associated with worsening physical function and a high prevalence of comorbid health conditions. In particular, cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is higher in individuals with OA than th...

    Authors: Michela Corsi, Carolina Alvarez, Leigh F. Callahan, Rebecca J. Cleveland, Yvonne M. Golightly, Joanne M. Jordan, Amanda E. Nelson, Jordan Renner, Allen Tsai and Kelli D. Allen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:393

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Although “non-specific” in 90% of cases, low back pain (LBP) is often treated as an independent entity, even though comorbidities are commonly associated with it. There is evidence that some LBP may be related...

    Authors: Shanthi Ramanathan, Peter Hibbert, Louise Wiles, Christopher G. Maher and William Runciman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:391

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Previous research suggests that sleep problems may be an important predictor for chronic widespread pain (CWP). With this study we investigated both sleep problems and fatigue as predictors for the onset of CW...

    Authors: Katarina Aili, Maria Andersson, Ann Bremander, Emma Haglund, Ingrid Larsson and Stefan Bergman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:390

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Intervertebral disk degeneration (IDD) is a common musculoskeletal disease associated with genetic factors. COL9A3 gene encodes the α3 (IX) chain of type IX collagen that is part of the interior structure of the ...

    Authors: Donghua Huang, Xiangyu Deng, Kaige Ma, Fashuai Wu, Deyao Shi, Hang Liang, Sheng Chen and Zengwu Shao

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:381

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Few reports have explored the extent to which physical activity is affected by pain severity in knee osteoarthritis (KOA) patients. We used national representative data to investigate the physical activity of ...

    Authors: Hye-Young Shim, Mira Park, Hee-June Kim, Hee-Soo Kyung and Ji-Yeon Shin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:380

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal injuries are the main cause of premature discharge from military service and can sometimes lead to permanent disabilities. Some intrinsic risk factors are well discussed in the literature. Howe...

    Authors: Mauro A. S. Melloni, Josiel De Almeida Ávila, Mauro Alexandre Páscoa, Camila Justino De Oliveira Barbeta, Vagner Xavier Cirolini, Ezequiel M. Gonçalves and Gil Guerra-Júnior

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:377

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  46. Content type: Study protocol

    Overuse injuries (OI) are common in elite athletics. Previous studies have had athletes self-report injuries rather than having a medical professional provide a clear diagnosis. This might be a major reason fo...

    Authors: Andreas Lundberg Zachrisson, Pia Desai, Jon Karlsson, Elias Johanesson and Stefan Grau

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:370

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Hip fractures are a major worldwide public health problem and includes two main types of fractures: the intracapsular (cervical) and the extracapsular (trochanteric and subtrochanteric) fractures. The aim of t...

    Authors: Leif Mattisson, Alicja Bojan and Anders Enocson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:369

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Poor general health predicts the transition to chronic back pain (CBP), but the role of specific medical conditions in the development of CBP is unclear. The study aim was to examine the association of medical...

    Authors: Pradeep Suri, Edward J. Boyko, Sean D. Rundell, Nicholas L. Smith and Jack Goldberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:362

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Approximately one in five patients undergoing knee replacement surgery experience chronic pain after their operation, which can negatively impact on their quality of life. In order to develop and evaluate inte...

    Authors: Rafael Pinedo-Villanueva, Sara Khalid, Vikki Wylde, Rachael Gooberman-Hill, Anushka Soni and Andrew Judge

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:354

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  50. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study was to estimate the prevalence of postinjection paralysis (PIP) and gluteal fibrosis (GF) among children treated in a rural Ugandan Hospital.

    Authors: Kristin Alves, Norgrove Penny, John Ekure, Robert Olupot, Olive Kobusingye, Jeffrey N. Katz and Coleen S. Sabatini

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:343

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