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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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. Content type: Research article

    The Pain Coping Skills Training for African Americans with OsteoaRTthritis (STAART) trial is examining the effectiveness of a culturally enhanced pain coping skills training (CST) program for African Americans wi...

    Authors: Kelli D. Allen, Liubov Arbeeva, Crystal W. Cené, Cynthia J. Coffman, Kimberlea F. Grimm, Erin Haley, Francis J. Keefe, Caroline T. Nagle, Eugene Z. Oddone, Tamara J. Somers, Yashika Watkins and Lisa C. Campbell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:337

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Cervical spondylosis adversely affects life quality for its heavy disease burden. The report on the community-based prevalence and associated factors of cervical spondylosis is rare, especially in Chinese popu...

    Authors: Yanwei Lv, Wei Tian, Dafang Chen, Yajun Liu, Lifang Wang and Fangfang Duan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:325

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Big data research is important for studying uncommon diseases in real-world settings. Most big data studies in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) have been limited to populations identified with billing codes for...

    Authors: Jessica A. Walsh, Shaobo Pei, Gopi K. Penmetsa, Jianwei Leng, Grant W. Cannon, Daniel O. Clegg and Brian C. Sauer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:317

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  41. Content type: Research article

    While low back pain is a common presenting complaint in the emergency department, current estimates from Canada are limited. Furthermore, existing estimates do not clearly define low back pain. As such, our ma...

    Authors: Jordan Edwards, Jill Hayden, Mark Asbridge and Kirk Magee

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:306

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  42. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to a) describe the prevalence of knee and hip osteoarthritis risk factors in a population of 29–59 year old individuals, b) estimate the association between persistent knee/hip pain and osteoa...

    Authors: Joyce A. C. van Tunen, George Peat, Alessio Bricca, Lars B. Larsen, Jens Søndergaard, Trine Thilsing, Ewa M. Roos and Jonas B. Thorlund

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:300

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  43. Content type: Research article

    There have been fewer improvements in the clinical outcomes of adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients with cancer than for children and older adults, possibly because fewer studies focus on patients in this...

    Authors: Takashi Fukushima, Koichi Ogura, Toru Akiyama, Katsushi Takeshita and Akira Kawai

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:297

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  44. Content type: Research article

    To use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to characterize the severity, location, prevalence, and demographics of shoulder injuries in athletes at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

    Authors: Akira M. Murakami, Andrew J. Kompel, Lars Engebretsen, Xinning Li, Bruce B. Forster, Michel D. Crema, Daichi Hayashi, Mohamed Jarraya, Frank W. Roemer and Ali Guermazi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:296

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a leading cause of pain and disability. NICE OA guidelines (2008) recommend that patients with OA should be offered core treatments in primary care. Assessments of OA management have ide...

    Authors: Emma Louise Healey, Ebenezer K. Afolabi, Martyn Lewis, John J. Edwards, Kelvin P. Jordan, Andrew Finney, Clare Jinks, Elaine M. Hay and Krysia S. Dziedzic

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:295

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are common and the biggest global cause of physical disability. The objective of the current study was to estimate the population prevalence of MSK-related pain using a standar...

    Authors: D. G. Hoy, T. Raikoti, E. Smith, A. Tuzakana, T. Gill, K. Matikarai, J. Tako, A. Jorari, F. Blyth, A. Pitaboe, R. Buchbinder, I. Kalauma, P. Brooks, C. Lepers, A. Woolf, A. Briggs…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:292

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Lower extremity joint contractures have negative effects on gait in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Thus, contracture prevention is essential for maintaining a patient’s functional ability and...

    Authors: Young-Ah Choi, Seong-Min Chun, Yale Kim and Hyung-Ik Shin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:287

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Ethiopian school children often carry school supplies in heavy school bags and encounter limited school facilities. This stresses their vulnerable musculoskeletal system and may result in experiencing musculos...

    Authors: Manayesh Delele, Balamurugan Janakiraman, Abey Bekele Abebe, Ararso Tafese and Alexander T. M. van de Water

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:276

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Developed in the Norway, the Measure of Activity Performance of the Hand (MAP-Hand) assesses 18 activities performed using the hands. It was developed for people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using patient ge...

    Authors: Yeliz Prior, Alan Tennant, Sarah Tyson, Ingvild Kjeken and Alison Hammond

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:275

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