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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. Evidence suggests that the course of low back pain (LBP) symptoms in randomised clinical trials (RCTs) follows a pattern of large improvement regardless of the type of treatment. A similar pattern was independ...

    Authors: Majid Artus, Danielle van der Windt, Kelvin P Jordan and Peter R Croft

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:68

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  2. People with osteoarthritis (OA) frequently report that their joint pain is influenced by weather conditions. This study aimed to examine whether there are differences in perceived joint pain between older peop...

    Authors: Erik J Timmermans, Suzan van der Pas, Laura A Schaap, Mercedes Sánchez-Martínez, Sabina Zambon, Richard Peter, Nancy L Pedersen, Elaine M Dennison, Michael Denkinger, Maria Victoria Castell, Paola Siviero, Florian Herbolsheimer, Mark H Edwards, Ángel Otero and Dorly JH Deeg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:66

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  3. In Germany, about 70,000 teachers and educational staff were teaching at more than 3,000 special schools during the school year 2010/2011. Nursing services like lifting pupils form a substantial part of the wo...

    Authors: Matthias Claus, Renate Kimbel, Daniel Spahn, Sarah Dudenhöffer, Dirk-Matthias Rose and Stephan Letzel

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:55

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  4. Low back pain (LBP) is a common and costly problem that many interpret within a biopsychosocial model. There is renewed concern that core-sets of outcome measures do not capture what is important. To inform de...

    Authors: Robert Froud, Sue Patterson, Sandra Eldridge, Clive Seale, Tamar Pincus, Dévan Rajendran, Christian Fossum and Martin Underwood

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:50

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  5. Patient reported outcomes (PROs) are important measures in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A register of patients with RA from all rheumatology care providers in Malmö, Sweden, was established in 1997 and has been ...

    Authors: Korosh Hekmat, Lennart T Jacobsson, Jan-Åke Nilsson, Ylva Lindroth and Carl Turesson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:44

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  6. A previous genome-wide association study (GWAS) suggested a strong association between the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs10510181 in the proximity of the gene encoding a cell adhesion molecule with ho...

    Authors: Xu-sheng Qiu, Feng Lv, Ze-zhang Zhu, Bang-ping Qian, Bin Wang, Yang Yu and Yong Qiu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:38

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  7. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common neuropathy of the upper limb and a significant contributor to hand functional impairment and disability. Effective treatment options include conservative and sur...

    Authors: Christina Jerosch-Herold, Lee Shepstone, Edward CF Wilson, Tony Dyer and Julian Blake

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:35

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  8. Injuries reported to workers’ compensation (WC) system are often used to estimate incidence of health outcomes and evaluate interventions in musculoskeletal epidemiology studies. However, WC claims represent a...

    Authors: Jin Qin, Alicia Kurowski, Rebecca Gore and Laura Punnett

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:29

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  9. Recent qualitative research has shown that stiffness is an important symptom for patients to identify remission. However, it is unclear how to measure stiffness in low disease activity. This systematic review ...

    Authors: Lilian HD van Tuyl, Willem F Lems and Maarten Boers

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:28

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  10. The projected demand for total knee arthroplasty is staggering. At its root, the solution involves increasing supply or decreasing demand. Other developed nations have used rationing and wait times to distribu...

    Authors: Richard C Mather III, Kevin T Hug, Lori A Orlando, Tyler Steven Watters, Lane Koenig, Ryan M Nunley and Michael P Bolognesi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:22

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  11. The purpose of this study was the development of a valid and reliable “Mechanical and Inflammatory Low Back Pain Index” (MIL) for assessment of non-specific low back pain (NSLBP). This 7-item tool assists prac...

    Authors: Antonio Cuesta-Vargas, Andre Farasyn, Charles Philip Gabel and Juan V Luciano

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:12

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  12. While it is recognized that psychosocial factors are important in the development and progression of musculoskeletal pain and disability, no systematic review has specifically focused on examining the relation...

    Authors: Pyae P Phyomaung, Julia Dubowitz, Flavia M Cicuttini, Sanduni Fernando, Anita E Wluka, Paul Raaijmaakers, Yuanyuan Wang and Donna M Urquhart

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:10

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  13. Age, gender and genetic predisposition are major intrinsic risk factors for osteoarthritis (OA). Iron increases are associated with age and gene mutation. In the present study, we examined whether serum ferrit...

    Authors: Lauren Kennish, Mukundan Attur, Cheongeun Oh, Svetlana Krasnokutsky, Jonathan Samuels, Jeffrey D Greenberg, Xi Huang and Steven B Abramson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:8

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  14. Low bone mineral density (BMD) is a public health issue in Saudi Arabia. This study measured the prevalence and factors associated with low BMD in Saudi women in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Authors: AlJohara M AlQuaiz, Ambreen Kazi, Salwa Tayel, Shaffi Ahamed Shaikh, Abdullah Al-Sharif, Saleh Othman, Fawzia Habib, Mona Fouda and Riad Sulaimani

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:5

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  15. Musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity are common reasons for patients to seek care and undergo ambulatory surgery. The objective of our study was to assess the overall and age-adjusted utilization r...

    Authors: Nitin B Jain, Laurence D Higgins, Elena Losina, Jamie Collins, Philip E Blazar and Jeffrey N Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2014 15:4

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  16. Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a chronic inflammatory disease with onset in young adults, but little is known about the prevalence in older age groups. Furthermore, there is very limited information of health ...

    Authors: Sofia Exarchou, Inga Redlund-Johnell, Magnus Karlsson, Dan Mellström, Claes Ohlsson, Carl Turesson, Lars Erik Kristensen and Lennart Jacobsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:352

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  17. Chronic pain is a common reason for consultation in general practice. Current research distinguishes between chronic localized pain (CLP) and chronic widespread pain (CWP). The aim of this study was to identif...

    Authors: Annika Viniol, Nikita Jegan, Corinna Leonhardt, Markus Brugger, Konstantin Strauch, Jürgen Barth, Erika Baum and Annette Becker

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:351

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  18. Shoulder disorders are common problems in primary health care. The course of disease of patients consulting for a new episode of a shoulder problem has been thought to be benign. In this prospective cohort stu...

    Authors: Juha Paloneva, Sanna Koskela, Hannu Kautiainen, Mauno Vanhala and Ilkka Kiviranta

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:348

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  19. Increased serum urate levels are associated with poor outcomes including but not limited to gout. It is unclear whether serum urate levels are the sole predictor of incident hyperuricemia or whether demographi...

    Authors: Mara A McAdams-DeMarco, Andrew Law, Janet W Maynard, Josef Coresh and Alan N Baer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:347

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  20. The SF-36 is a very commonly used generic measure of health outcome in osteoarthritis (OA). An important, but frequently overlooked, aspect of validating health outcome measures is to establish if items work i...

    Authors: Beth Pollard, Marie Johnston and Diane Dixon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:346

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  21. Routine statistics indicate a high frequency of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Estonia. We aimed to describe the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain (MSP) amongst Estonian nurses, and to explore asso...

    Authors: Tiina Freimann, David Coggon, Eda Merisalu, Liina Animägi and Mati Pääsuke

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:334

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  22. Associations of socioeconomic status (SES) with the prevalence of various forms of arthritis are well documented. Increasing evidence suggests that SES during childhood is a lasting determinant of health, but ...

    Authors: Antoine R Baldassari, Rebecca J Cleveland and Leigh F Callahan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:327

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  23. Reported birth prevalences of congenital limb defects (CLD) vary between countries: from 13/10,000 in Finland for the period 1964–1977 to 30.4/10,000 births in Scotland from 1964–1968. Epidemiological studies ...

    Authors: Ecaterina Vasluian, Corry K van der Sluis, Anthonie J van Essen, Jorieke E H Bergman, Pieter U Dijkstra, Heleen A Reinders-Messelink and Hermien E K de Walle

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:323

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  24. There is an increasing focus on measuring patient-reported outcomes (PROs) as part of routine medical practice, particularly in fields such as joint replacement surgery where pain relief and improvement in hea...

    Authors: Max Gordon, Aksel Paulsen, Søren Overgaard, Göran Garellick, Alma B Pedersen and Ola Rolfson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:316

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  25. Knee injuries can lead to radiographic osteoarthritis (ROA). Injuries may be “specific” (SI) including ligament or meniscal tears or patellar trauma, or “nonspecific” (NSI). Our objective is to understand the ...

    Authors: Eric C Sayre, Joel Singer, Anona Thorne, Hubert Wong, Jacek A Kopec, John M Esdaile, Ali Guermazi, Savvas Nicolaou and Jolanda Cibere

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:309

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  26. To investigate the differences in the characteristics of femoral neck and trochanteric fractures between urban and rural areas of Kyoto Prefecture in Japan.

    Authors: Motoyuki Horii, Hiroyoshi Fujiwara, Takumi Ikeda, Keiichiro Ueshima, Kazuya Ikoma, Toshiharu Shirai, Ryu Terauchi, Masateru Nagae, Nagato Kuriyama and Toshikazu Kubo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:304

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  27. The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between function, pain and stiffness outcomes with individual and community socioeconomic status (SES) measures among individuals with radiographic knee...

    Authors: Rebecca J Cleveland, My-Linh N Luong, Joshua B Knight, Britta Schoster, Jordan B Renner, Joanne M Jordan and Leigh F Callahan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:297

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  28. Body-mass index (BMI) and depressed mood are both positively associated with pain and activity limitations in knee osteoarthritis (OA), and are interrelated. The aims of the present study were: 1) to assess wh...

    Authors: Jasmijn FM Holla, Marike van der Leeden, Dirk L Knol, Leo D Roorda, Martin van der Esch, Ramon E Voorneman, Willem F Lems and Joost Dekker

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:296

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  29. Due to the heterogeneous nature of chronic low back pain (CLBP), it is necessary to identify patient groups and evaluate treatments within these groups. We aimed to identify groups of patients with CLBP in the...

    Authors: Annika Viniol, Nikita Jegan, Oliver Hirsch, Corinna Leonhardt, Markus Brugger, Konstantin Strauch, Jürgen Barth, Erika Baum and Annette Becker

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:294

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  30. Progressive scoliosis, pelvic obliquity and increasing reduction of pulmonary function are among the most significant problems for patients with SMA type II and SMA type III once they have lost the ability to ...

    Authors: Albert Fujak, Wolfgang Raab, Alexander Schuh, Silvia Richter, Raimund Forst and Jürgen Forst

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:283

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  31. A recent review on the natural course of low back pain (LBP) in the general population indicated that the LBP reporting pattern is fairly constant over time. Furthermore, the LBP status at baseline (yes/no) se...

    Authors: Nadège Lemeunier, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Per Kjaer and Olivier Gagey

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:270

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  32. Occupations and psychosocial working conditions have rarely been investigated as predictors of disability pension in population-based samples. This study investigated how occupational groups and psychosocial w...

    Authors: Annina Ropponen, Åsa Samuelsson, Kristina Alexanderson and Pia Svedberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:268

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  33. The etiology of osteonecrosis of femoral head (ONFH) has not been fully elucidated. Increased intravascular coagulation and/or hypofibrinolysis have been proposed as pathogenic mechanisms. Previous reports dem...

    Authors: Jacek Gagala, Monika Buraczynska, Tomasz Mazurkiewicz and Andrzej Ksiazek

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:264

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  34. The reported association of smoking with risk of undergoing a total joint replacement (TJR) due to osteoarthritis (OA) is not consistent. We evaluated the independent association between smoking and primary TJ...

    Authors: George Mnatzaganian, Philip Ryan, Christopher M Reid, David C Davidson and Janet E Hiller

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:262

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  35. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the association between BMI and musculoskeletal symptoms in interaction with physical workload. In addition, it was aimed to obtain insight into whether overwei...

    Authors: Laura Viester, Evert ALM Verhagen, Karen M Oude Hengel, Lando LJ Koppes, Allard J van der Beek and Paulien M Bongers

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:238

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  36. Computer users often report musculoskeletal complaints and pain in the upper extremities and the neck-shoulder region. However, recent epidemiological studies do not report a relationship between the extent of...

    Authors: Pascal Madeleine, Steffen Vangsgaard, Johan Hviid Andersen, Hong-You Ge and Lars Arendt-Nielsen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:226

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  37. Knee pain is common during adolescence. Adolescents and their parents may think that knee pain is benign and self-limiting and therefore avoid seeking medical care. However, long-term prognosis of knee pain is...

    Authors: Michael S Rathleff, Sune K Skuldbøl, Mads N B Rasch, Ewa M Roos, Sten Rasmussen and Jens L Olesen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:225

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  38. Knee osteoarthritis (kOA) risk is increased by obesity and physical activities (PA) which mechanically stress the joint. We examined the associations of midlife kOA with body mass index (BMI) and activity expo...

    Authors: Kathryn R Martin, Diana Kuh, Tamara B Harris, Jack M Guralnik, David Coggon and Andrew K Wills

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:219

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  39. Earlier studies have found a positive effect of alcohol consumption, with a reduced disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to assess alcohol consumption and its association wi...

    Authors: Stefan Bergman, Sofia Symeonidou, Maria L Andersson and Maria K Söderlin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:218

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  40. Osteoporotic hip fractures with a significant morbidity and excess mortality among the elderly have imposed huge health and economic burdens on societies worldwide. In this age- and sex-matched case control st...

    Authors: Wo-Jan Tseng, Li-Wei Hung, Jiann-Shing Shieh, Maysam F Abbod and Jinn Lin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:207

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  41. Knowledge about the prevalence and consequences of osteoarthritis (OA) in the Norwegian population is limited. This study has been designed to gain a greater understanding of musculoskeletal pain in the genera...

    Authors: Nina Østerås, May Arna Risberg, Tore K Kvien, Lars Engebretsen, Lars Nordsletten, Dag Bruusgaard, Unni-Berit Schjervheim, Ida K Haugen, Hilde Berner Hammer, Sella Provan, Britt Elin Øiestad, Anne Grete Semb, Silvia Rollefstad, Kåre Birger Hagen, Till Uhlig, Barbara Slatkowsky-Christensen…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:201

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  42. Although insomnia is common in patients with low back pain (LBP), it is unknown whether commonly used self-report sleep measures are sufficiently accurate to screen for insomnia in the LBP population. This stu...

    Authors: Saad M Alsaadi, James H McAuley, Julia M Hush, Delwyn J Bartlett, Nicholas Henschke, Ronald R Grunstein and Chris G Maher

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:196

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  43. The human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B27 gene is considered to be a major gene associated with predisposition to ankylosing spondylitis (AS); however, studies have demonstrated that non-HLA-B27 genes also contrib...

    Authors: Bang-ping Qian, Jun Jiang, Ming-liang Ji, Bin Wang, Yang Yu and Yong Qiu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:190

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  44. Medical record review (MRR) is one of the most commonly used research methods in clinical studies because it provides rich clinical detail. However, because MRR involves subjective interpretation of informatio...

    Authors: Michael Y Mi, Jamie E Collins, Vladislav Lerner, Elena Losina and Jeffrey N Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:181

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  45. The purpose of this study was to examine how complications in older adults undergoing orthopaedic surgery vary as a function of age, comorbidity, and type of surgical procedure.

    Authors: Hirotaka Chikuda, Hideo Yasunaga, Hiromasa Horiguchi, Katsushi Takeshita, Shurei Sugita, Shuji Taketomi, Kiyohide Fushimi and Sakae Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:173

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  46. Low back pain (LBP) patients with related leg pain have a more severe profile than those with local LBP and a worse prognosis. Pain location above or below the knee and the presence of neurological signs diffe...

    Authors: Alice Kongsted, Peter Kent, Tue Secher Jensen, Hanne Albert and Claus Manniche

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:171

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:236

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