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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

    Pain and radiographic changes are common in persons with osteoarthritis, but their relative contributions to quality of life are unknown.

    Authors: Laura L Laslett, Stephen J Quinn, Tania M Winzenberg, Kristy Sanderson, Flavia Cicuttini and Graeme Jones

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:168

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    Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are known to be at increased risk of infection, particularly if they are taking drugs with immunomodulatory effects. There is a need for more information on the risk of ...

    Authors: William A Blumentals, Anna Arreglado, Pavel Napalkov and Stephen Toovey

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:158

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    Currently, no validated instruments are available to measure the health status of Bangladeshi patients with fibromyalgia (FM). The aims of this study were to cross-culturally adapt the modified Fibromyalgia Im...

    Authors: Mohammed A Muquith, Md Nazrul Islam, Syed A Haq, Peter M ten Klooster, Johannes J Rasker and Muhammad B Yunus

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:157

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Pain catastrophizing has been found to be an important predictor of disability and days lost from work in patients with low back pain. The most commonly used outcome measure to identify pain catastrophizing is...

    Authors: Linda Fernandes, Kjersti Storheim, Ida Lochting and Margreth Grotle

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:111

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    The utilization of total hip replacement (THR) surgery is rapidly increasing, however few data examine whether these procedures are associated with socioeconomic status (SES) within Australia. This study exami...

    Authors: Sharon L Brennan, Tyman Stanford, Anita E Wluka, Margaret J Henry, Richard S Page, Stephen E Graves, Mark A Kotowicz, Geoffrey C Nicholson and Julie A Pasco

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:63

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  6. Content type: Research article

    It has been suggested that knee height is a determinant of knee joint load. Nonetheless, no study has directly examined the relationship between anthropometric measures of height and knee joint structures, suc...

    Authors: Andrew J Teichtahl, Anita E Wluka, Boyd J Strauss, Yuanyuan Wang, Patricia Berry, Miranda Davies-Tuck and Flavia M Cicuttini

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:19

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Painful shoulders pose a substantial socioeconomic burden. A prospective cost-of-illness study was performed to assess the costs associated with healthcare use and loss of productivity in patients with shoulde...

    Authors: Lena Virta, Pål Joranger, Jens Ivar Brox and Rikard Eriksson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2012 13:17

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Currently, herniated nucleus pulposus (HNP) with radiculopathy and other preconditions are regarded as relative or absolute contraindications for lumbar total disc replacement (TDR). In Switzerland it is left ...

    Authors: Thomas Zweig, Christoph Hemmeler, Emin Aghayev, Markus Melloh, Christian Etter and Christoph Röder

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:275

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  9. Content type: Research article

    This study aimed to establish the profile and the evolution of an early Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cohort in the Moroccan population and also to search possible predictor factors of structural progression.

    Authors: Karima Benbouazza, Bahia Benchekroun, Hanan Rkain, Bouchra Amine, Fatiha Bzami, Leila Benbrahim, Ouafa Atouf, Malika Essakalli, Redouane Abouqal, Maxime Dougados and Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:266

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    Osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent progressive musculoskeletal disorder, leading to pain and disability. Patient information and education are considered core elements in treatment guidelines for OA; however, ...

    Authors: Rikke H Moe, Espen A Haavardsholm, Margreth Grotle, Eldri Steen, Ingvild Kjeken, Kåre Birger Hagen and Till Uhlig

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:257

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The epidemiology of acute orthopedic dislocations is poorly understood. A nationwide database provides a valuable resource for examining this issue in the Taiwanese population.

    Authors: Nan-Ping Yang, Hou-Chaung Chen, Dinh-Van Phan, I-Liang Yu, Yi-Hui Lee, Chien-Lung Chan, Pesus Chou and Jenn-Huei Renn

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:253

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is little prior research on the burden of arthritis in the developing world. We sought to document how patients with advanced arthritis living in the Dominican Republic are affected by and cope with thei...

    Authors: Nina N Niu, Aileen M Davis, Laura M Bogart, Thomas S Thornhill, Luis Alcantara Abreu, Roya Ghazinouri and Jeffrey N Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:228

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  13. Content type: Research article

    After menopause, rapid bone mass loss occurs in response to hypoestrogenism. Several studies suggest that muscle mass and bone mineral density (BMD) are positively associated in postmenopausal women. Therefore...

    Authors: Fábio L Orsatti, Eliana AP Nahas, Jorge Nahas-Neto, Cláudio L Orsatti, Moacir Marocolo, Octávio Barbosa-Neto and Gustavo R da Mota

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:225

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Fibromyalgia is a common disease, but little is known on its real prevalence in France. This epidemiological study aimed to assess fibromyalgia (FM) prevalence in the French metropolitan population, based on a...

    Authors: Serge Perrot, Eric Vicaut, Dominique Servant and Philippe Ravaud

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:224

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal symptoms are common in the neck, back, and upper limbs amongst musicians. Playing-related musculoskeletal disorders have been found to range from 32% to 87% with a tendency for female musicians...

    Authors: Helene M Paarup, Jesper Baelum, Jonas W Holm, Claus Manniche and Niels Wedderkopp

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:223

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is often accompanied by an abnormal motor performance. However, it has not been clarified yet whether these deviations also occur during motor tasks not involving the back and whet...

    Authors: Dymphy Kusters, Miriam M Vollenbroek-Hutten and Hermie J Hermens

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:211

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Prior studies that have concluded that disk degeneration uniformly precedes facet degeneration have been based on convenience samples of individuals with low back pain. We conducted a study to examine whether ...

    Authors: Pradeep Suri, Asako Miyakoshi, David J Hunter, Jeffrey G Jarvik, James Rainville, Ali Guermazi, Ling Li and Jeffrey N Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:202

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  18. Content type: Research article

    To compare data based on touch screen to data based on traditional paper versions of questionnaires frequently used to examine patient reported outcomes in knee osteoarthritis patients and to examine the impac...

    Authors: Henrik Gudbergsen, Else M Bartels, Peter Krusager, Eva E Wæhrens, Robin Christensen, Bente Danneskiold-Samsøe and Henning Bliddal

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:190

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  19. Content type: Research article

    There is a need for outcome measurement instruments for evaluation of disability after trauma. The Patient-Rated Wrist Evaluation (PRWE) is a self-administered region-specific outcome measuring instrument deve...

    Authors: Cecilia Mellstrand Navarro, Sari Ponzer, Hans Törnkvist, Leif Ahrengart and Gunnar Bergström

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:171

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Many adults experience bothersome neck/shoulder pain. While research and treatment strategies often focus on the upper trapezius, other neck/shoulder muscles may be affected as well. The aim of the present stu...

    Authors: Lars L Andersen, Klaus Hansen, Ole S Mortensen and Mette K Zebis

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:169

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Despite the large volume of research dedicated to understanding chronic low back pain (CLBP), patient outcomes remain modest while healthcare costs continue to rise, creating a major public health burden. Heal...

    Authors: Andrew M Briggs, Joanne E Jordan, Peter B O'Sullivan, Rachelle Buchbinder, Angus F Burnett, Richard H Osborne and Leon M Straker

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:161

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The pathogenesis of osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH) has been implicated in hypofibrinolysis and blood supply interruption. Previous studies have demonstrated that decreased fibrinolytic activity due t...

    Authors: Hye- Ok Kim, Chang- Hoon Cho, Yoon- Je Cho, Seong- Ho Cho, Kyung- Sik Yoon and Kang- Il Kim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:160

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal diseases are becoming increasingly important due to population aging. However, studies on the economic burden of musculoskeletal disease in Korea are scarce. Therefore, we conducted a populatio...

    Authors: In-Hwan Oh, Seok-Jun Yoon, Hye-Young Seo, Eun-Jung Kim and Young Ae Kim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:157

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  24. Content type: Research article

    A high quality decision requires that patients who meet clinical criteria for surgery are informed about the options (including non-surgical alternatives) and receive treatments that match their goals. The aim...

    Authors: Karen R Sepucha, Dawn Stacey, Catharine F Clay, Yuchiao Chang, Carol Cosenza, Geoffrey Dervin, Janet Dorrwachter, Sandra Feibelmann, Jeffrey N Katz, Stephen A Kearing, Henrik Malchau, Monica Taljaard, Ivan Tomek, Peter Tugwell and Carrie A Levin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:149

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  25. Content type: Research article

    To evaluate the life-time prevalence of self reported whiplash injury and the relationship to chronic musculoskeletal complaints (MSCs) and headache in a large unselected adult population.

    Authors: Rigmor Myran, Knut Hagen, Sven Svebak, Oystein Nygaard and John-Anker Zwart

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:129

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Many people with chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain (CMP) have decreased work ability. The majority, however, stays at work despite their pain. Knowledge about workers who stay at work despite chronic pa...

    Authors: Haitze J de Vries, Sandra Brouwer, Johan W Groothoff, Jan HB Geertzen and Michiel F Reneman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:126

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Clinical trials in chronic pain often collect information about interference with work as answers to component questions of commonly used questionnaires but these data are not normally analysed separately.

    Authors: Sebastian Straube, R Andrew Moore, Jocelyn Paine, Sheena Derry, Ceri J Phillips, Ernst Hallier and Henry J McQuay

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:125

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The Educational Needs Assessment Tool (the ENAT) is a 39-item patient questionnaire originally developed in the UK to assess educational needs of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objective of this ...

    Authors: Mwidimi Ndosi, Alan Tennant, Ulrika Bergsten, Marja Leena Kukkurainen, Pedro Machado, Jenny de la Torre-Aboki, Thea PM Vliet Vlieland, Heidi A Zangi and Jackie Hill

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:110

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Standard mean imputation for missing values in the Western Ontario and Mc Master (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index limits the use of collected data and may lead to bias. Probability model-based imputation methods o...

    Authors: Hassan MK Ghomrawi, Lisa A Mandl, John Rutledge, Michael M Alexiades and Madhu Mazumdar

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:109

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  30. Content type: Research article

    In many healthcare systems, people with severe joint disease wait months to years for joint replacement surgery. There are little empirical data on the health consequences of this delay and it is unclear wheth...

    Authors: Ilana N Ackerman, Kim L Bennell and Richard H Osborne

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:108

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) proposes three main constructs, impairment (I), activity limitation (A) and participation restriction (P). The ICF model allows for ...

    Authors: Beth Pollard, Marie Johnston and Paul Dieppe

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:97

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  32. Content type: Research article

    There has been increasing recognition that osteoarthritis (OA) affects younger individuals who are still participants in the workforce, but there are only limited data on the contribution of OA pain to work pr...

    Authors: Marco daCosta DiBonaventura, Shaloo Gupta, Margaret McDonald and Alesia Sadosky

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:83

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  33. Content type: Research article

    The role of atherosclerosis in carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has not previously been addressed in population studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations of cardiovascular risk factors, ca...

    Authors: Rahman Shiri, Markku Heliövaara, Leena Moilanen, Jorma Viikari, Helena Liira and Eira Viikari-Juntura

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:80

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal disorders affect all racial and ethnic groups, including Hispanics. Because these disorders are not life-threatening, decision-making is generally preference-based. Little is known about whethe...

    Authors: Jeffrey N Katz, Nancy Lyons, Lisa S Wolff, Jodie Silverman, Parastu Emrani, Holly L Holt, Kelly L Corbett, Agustin Escalante and Elena Losina

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:78

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Dupuytren's disease is a fibro-proliferative disorder affecting ~3-5% of the UK population. Current surgical treatments for Dupuytren's contracture (DC) include fasciectomy and fasciotomy. We assessed the clin...

    Authors: Robert A Gerber, Richard Perry, Robin Thompson and Christopher Bainbridge

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:73

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Complaints of arm, neck and/or shoulders (CANS) affects millions of computer office workers. However its prevalence and associated risk factors in developing countries are yet to be investigated, due to non av...

    Authors: Priyanga Ranasinghe, Yashasvi S Perera, Dilusha A Lamabadusuriya, Supun Kulatunga, Naveen Jayawardana, Senaka Rajapakse and Prasad Katulanda

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:68

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  37. Content type: Research article

    The health consequences of work-family or rather work-life conflict (WLC) have been studied by numerous researchers. The work-related causes of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are also well explored. And stres...

    Authors: Oliver Hämmig, Michaela Knecht, Thomas Läubli and Georg F Bauer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:60

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Hip arthroplasties is one of the most frequent surgical procedures in Spain and are conducted mainly in elderly subjects. We aim to analyze changes in incidence, co-morbidity profile, length of hospital stay (...

    Authors: Rodrigo Jimenez-Garcıa, Manuel Villanueva-Martınez, Cesar Fernandez-de-las-Penas, Valentın Hernandez-Barrera, Antonio Rıos-Luna, Pilar Carrasco Garrido, Ana Lopez de Andres, Isabel Jimenez-Trujillo, Jesus San Roman Montero and Angel Gil-de-Miguel

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:43

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  39. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of information describing patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) using complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) and almost none distinguishing homeopathy from other CAMs. The o...

    Authors: Michel Rossignol, Bernard Bégaud, Bernard Avouac, France Lert, Frédéric Rouillon, Jacques Bénichou, Jacques Massol, Gérard Duru, Anne-Marie Magnier, Didier Guillemot, Lamiae Grimaldi-Bensouda and Lucien Abenhaim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:21

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) is a self-administered questionnaire that aims to measure pain and disability associated with shoulder disease. The aim of the present study was to investigate th...

    Authors: Catherine L Hill, Susan Lester, Anne W Taylor, Michael E Shanahan and Tiffany K Gill

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 12:8

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  41. Content type: Research article

    There have been few studies examining the associations between menstrual irregularity, androgens and bone mass in population-based samples of premenopausal women. This study aimed to describe the associations ...

    Authors: Shuying Wei, Graeme Jones, Russell Thomson, Petr Otahal, Terry Dwyer and Alison Venn

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010 11:288

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  42. Content type: Research article

    The Pain Self-Perception Scale (PSPS) is a 24-item questionnaire used to assess mental defeat in chronic pain patients. The aim of this study was to develop a Spanish language version of the PSPS (PSPS-Spanish...

    Authors: J García-Campayo, B Rodero, Y López del Hoyo, JV Luciano, M Alda and M Gili

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010 11:255

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Total knee (TKR) and hip (THR) replacement (arthroplasty) are effective surgical procedures that relieve pain, improve patients' quality of life and increase functional capacity. Studies on variations in medic...

    Authors: Raquel Cobos, Amaia Latorre, Felipe Aizpuru, Jose I Guenaga, Cristina Sarasqueta, Antonio Escobar, Lidia García and Carmen Herrera-Espiñeira

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010 11:249

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Fatigue is increasingly recognized as an important symptom in fibromyalgia (FM). Unknown however is how fatigue is experienced by individuals in the context of FM. We conducted qualitative research in order to...

    Authors: Louise Humphrey, Rob Arbuckle, Philip Mease, David A Williams, Bente Danneskiold Samsoe and Claire Gilbert

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010 11:216

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