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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

    Estimates of hip fracture mortality in Eastern Europe are scarce. We aimed to estimate the magnitude and duration of excess mortality after hip fracture in Estonia.

    Authors: Mikk Jürisson, Mait Raag, Riina Kallikorm, Margus Lember and Anneli Uusküla

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:243

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:366

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:239

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    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:240

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:233

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Snoring is frequently associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Previous studies have shown that bone mineral density was significantly lower in patients with OSA than in controls; however, these studies ...

    Authors: Soo Beom Choi, Il Suk Lyu, Wanhyung Lee and Deok Won Kim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:236

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: 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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:227

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:226

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Rheumatoid Factors (RF) are antibodies directed against the Fc portion of IgG and are involved in clearance of immune complexes. While RF can develop in a wide range of conditions, higher RF levels indicate a ...

    Authors: Johannes Nossent, Warren Raymond, Mark Divitini and Matthew Knuiman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:221

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities are commonly affected by chronicity and disability. One of the most commonly affected areas is the ankle. Epidemiological information is limited for chronic m...

    Authors: Ishanka Weerasekara and Claire E. Hiller

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:219

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip is a disease that entails a major burden for patients and the society as a whole. One way of measuring this burden for the patient is through impact on Health-related Quality of ...

    Authors: Jesús Martín-Fernández, Pedro Gray-Laymón, Antonio Molina-Siguero, Javier Martínez-Martín, Roberto García-Maroto, Isidoro García-Sánchez, Lidia García-Pérez, Vanesa Ramos-García, Olga Castro-Casas and Amaia Bilbao

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:205

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  11. Content type: Research article

    To identify best practices and quality improvement initiatives, we aimed to assess whether the incidence of Periprosthetic Joint Infection (PJI) and treatment strategies differed across patients treated in Aus...

    Authors: Perla J. Marang-van de Mheen, Ellie Bragan Turner, Susan Liew, Nora Mutalima, Ton Tran, Sten Rasmussen, Rob G. H. H. Nelissen and Andrew Gordon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:207

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  12. Content type: Research article

    To study whether thyroid function was associated with risk of hip or knee replacement due to primary osteoarthritis.

    Authors: Alf Inge Hellevik, Marianne Bakke Johnsen, Arnulf Langhammer, Anne Marie Fenstad, Ove Furnes, Kjersti Storheim, John Anker Zwart, Gunnar Flugsrud and Lars Nordsletten

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:201

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Studies exploring the association between physical activity, screen time and sleep and pain usually focus on a limited number of painful body sites. Nevertheless, pain at different body sites is likely to be o...

    Authors: Anabela G. Silva, Pedro Sa-Couto, Alexandra Queirós, Maritza Neto and Nelson P. Rocha

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:194

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Compensation related factors have been repeatedly associated with poor recovery following orthopaedic trauma. There is limited research into the factors associated with seeking financial compensation. Further ...

    Authors: Darnel Murgatroyd, Ian A. Harris, Jian Sheng Chen, Sam Adie, Rajat Mittal and Ian D. Cameron

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:177

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  15. Content type: Research article

    The Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (WORC) is a scale designed to evaluate the impact of rotator cuff (RC) disorders on patients’ general quality of life. Our study aims to adapt the WORC for Chinese patien...

    Authors: Wei Wang, Qing-yun Xie, Zhen-yu Jia, Lin Cui, Da Liu, Cai-ru Wang and Wei Zheng

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:178

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Numerous reported studies have shown that vertebral compression fractures are associated with impaired function or disability; however, few examined their association with objective measures of physical perfor...

    Authors: Kazuhiko Arima, Yasuyo Abe, Takayuki Nishimura, Takuhiro Okabe, Yoshihito Tomita, Satoshi Mizukami, Mitsuo Kanagae and Kiyoshi Aoyagi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:176

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Research investigating prognosis in musculoskeletal pain conditions has only been moderately successful in predicting which patients are unlikely to recover. Clinical decision making could potentially be impro...

    Authors: G. Mansell, K. P. Jordan, G. M. Peat, K. M. Dunn, D. Lasserson, T. Kuijpers, I. Swinkels-Meewisse and D. A. W. M. van der Windt

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:139

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain may be having a significant impact on emergency departments around the world. Research suggests low back pain is one of the leading causes of emergency department visits. However, in the peer-rev...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:143

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Multiple health conditions are increasingly a problem for adults with musculoskeletal conditions. However, multimorbidity research has focused primarily on the elderly and those with a limited subset of muscul...

    Authors: Dianne B. Lowe, Michael J. Taylor and Sophie J. Hill

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:135

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The pathogenesis of syndromes of widespread musculoskeletal pain remains an enigma. The present study sought to determine if psychological states, job satisfaction, pain intensity, and sleep problems contributed ...

    Authors: Jan Olav Christensen, Sissel Johansen and Stein Knardahl

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:140

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) patients with related leg pain and signs of nerve root involvement are considered to have a worse prognosis than patients with LBP alone. However, it is unclear whether leg pain location ab...

    Authors: Lisbeth Hartvigsen, Lise Hestbaek, Charlotte Lebouef-Yde, Werner Vach and Alice Kongsted

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:133

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Danish patients with musculoskeletal disorders are commonly referred for primary care physiotherapy treatment but little is known about their general health status, pain diagnoses, clinical course and prognosis.

    Authors: Nils-Bo de Vos Andersen, Peter Kent, Jakob Hjort and David Høyrup Christiansen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:130

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Spinal pain in children and adolescents is a common condition, usually transitory, but the picture of spinal pain still needs elucidation, mainly due to variation in measurement methods. The aim of this study ...

    Authors: Kristina Boe Dissing, Lise Hestbæk, Jan Hartvigsen, Christopher Williams, Steven Kamper, Eleanor Boyle and Niels Wedderkopp

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:67

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  24. Content type: Research article

    This 1-year prospective cohort study aimed to compare the changes in clinical symptoms and functional disability between patients with coexisting patellofemoral (PF) and tibiofemoral (TF) osteoarthritis (OA) a...

    Authors: Hirotaka Iijima, Naoto Fukutani, Takuya Isho, Yuko Yamamoto, Masakazu Hiraoka, Kazuyuki Miyanobu, Masashi Jinnouchi, Eishi Kaneda, Tomoki Aoyama, Hiroshi Kuroki and Shuichi Matsuda

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:126

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  25. Content type: Research article

    This study explored the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the CD40 gene, rs4810485 G > T and rs1883832 C > T, as well as disease susceptibility and severity in knee osteoarthritis (KOA...

    Authors: Zhen-Han Deng, Ming-Hua Sun, Yu-Sheng Li, Wei Luo, Fang-Jie Zhang, Jian Tian, Ping Wu and Wen-Feng Xiao

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:115

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Postural development progresses through a series of stages (growth spurts, development of balance and coordination, postural stability) which occur when children are at school age. The reduction in the level o...

    Authors: Anna Brzęk, Tarja Dworrak, Markus Strauss, Fabian Sanchis-Gomar, Ibtissam Sabbah, Birgit Dworrak and Roman Leischik

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:117

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Utilizing psychological resources when dealing with chronic low back pain might aid the prevention of disability. The observational study at hand examined the longitudinal impact of resilience and coping resou...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:114

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal pain (MSP) is a commonly reported symptom in youth sports players. Some sports-related risk factors have been reported, but previous studies on extrinsic risk factors did not focus on managemen...

    Authors: Takafumi Abe, Masamitsu Kamada, Jun Kitayuguchi, Shinpei Okada, Yoshiteru Mutoh and Yuji Uchio

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:105

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  29. Content type: Research article

    This study reports on the analysis of the application and diagnostic predictability of the revised 2014 ICBD criteria in an unselected cohort of UK patients, and the ensuing organ associations and patterns of ...

    Authors: Tim Blake, Luke Pickup, David Carruthers, Erika Marie Damato, Alastair Denniston, John Hamburger, Claire Maxton, Debbie Mitton, Philip I. Murray, Peter Nightingale, Ana Poveda-Gallego, Andrea Richards, Andrew Whallett and Deva Situnayake

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:101

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to examine the associations of tea consumption with the serum uric acid (SUA) level, hyperuricemia (HU) and the risk of gout.

    Authors: Yi Zhang, Yang Cui, Xuan-an Li, Liang-jun Li, Xi Xie, Yu-zhao Huang, Yu-hao Deng, Chao Zeng and Guang-hua Lei

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:95

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) is one of the leading causes of disability. Presentations to the emergency department (ED) are common and consume significant healthcare resources. However, treatment of patients with LBP i...

    Authors: Matthew L. Nunn, Jill A. Hayden and Kirk Magee

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:92

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Large multi-centre studies of clavicle fractures have so far been missing. The aim of this observational study was to describe the epidemiology, classification and treatment of clavicle fractures in the The Sw...

    Authors: Caroline Kihlström, Michael Möller, Katarina Lönn and Olof Wolf

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:82

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  33. Content type: Research article

    While knee osteoarthritis (OA) is characterised as a slowly progressive disease, acute flares, episodes of severe pain, and substantial fluctuations in pain intensity appear to be part of the natural history f...

    Authors: Emma Parry, Reuben Ogollah and George Peat

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:80

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Due to low mortality rate of musculoskeletal disorders (MSK) less attention has been paid to MSK as underlying cause of death in the general population. The aim was to examine trend in MSK as underlying cause ...

    Authors: Aliasghar A. Kiadaliri, Anthony D. Woolf and Martin Englund

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:62

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  35. Content type: Technical advance

    Heterogeneity in patients with low back pain (LBP) is well recognised and different approaches to subgrouping have been proposed. Latent Class Analysis (LCA) is a statistical technique that is increasingly bei...

    Authors: Anne Molgaard Nielsen, Peter Kent, Lise Hestbaek, Werner Vach and Alice Kongsted

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:57

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  36. Content type: Study protocol

    Low back pain is common and associated with a considerable burden to patients and society. There is uncertainty regarding the relative benefit of paracetamol and diclofenac and regarding the additional effect ...

    Authors: M. Schreijenberg, P. A. J. Luijsterburg, Y. D. M. Van Trier, D. Rizopoulos, M. A. Koopmanschap, L. Voogt, C. G. Maher and B. W. Koes

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:56

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  37. Content type: Study protocol

    Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE), also commonly referred to as lupus, is a rare, but sometimes, fatal disease, that primarily affects young women. Lupus nephritis, a common manifestation of lupus, is more co...

    Authors: Jasvinder A. Singh, Nipam Shah and Candace Green

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:53

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Few longitudinal studies have described the variation in LBP and its impact over time at an individual level. The aims of this study were to: 1) determine the prevalence of LBP in three surveys over a 9-year p...

    Authors: Per Kjaer, Lars Korsholm, Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, Lise Hestbaek and Tom Bendix

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:28

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) is a major cause of disability throughout the world. However, longitudinal evidence to relate low back pain and functional limitations is mostly confined to Western countries. In this study...

    Authors: Vasoontara Yiengprugsawan, Damian Hoy, Rachelle Buchbinder, Chris Bain, Sam-ang Seubsman and Adrian C. Sleigh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:19

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Chronic diseases and multimorbidity are increasingly common among persons in working age. This study explores the impact of type, number and combinations of chronic diseases with focus on the role of MSKD on (...

    Authors: Antje van der Zee-Neuen, Polina Putrik, Sofia Ramiro, Andras Keszei, Rob de Bie, Astrid Chorus and Annelies Boonen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:10

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Compromised bone stock and heavily impaired structural integrity after multiple endoprosthetic revision surgeries can lead to a comparable condition as encountered in musculoskeletal tumor surgery. Total femor...

    Authors: Andreas Toepfer, Norbert Harrasser, Isabel Petzschner, Florian Pohlig, Ulrich Lenze, Ludger Gerdesmeyer, Dominik Pförringer, Marcel Toepfer, Marc Beirer, Moritz Crönlein, Ruediger von Eisenhart-Rothe and Heinz Mühlhofer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:498

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Symptoms and prognosis of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have improved with more intensive therapy, including the biological disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (bDMARDs). Real life data concerning...

    Authors: Karin Bengtsson, Lennart T. H. Jacobsson, Barbro Rydberg, Göran Kvist, Tomas Torstenson, Mats Dehlin, Elisabet Hilme, Anna Lindhé, Susanna Maria Wallerstedt and Helena Forsblad-d’Elia

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:499

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Arthritis is a gendered disease where women have a higher prevalence and more disability than men with arthritis of the same age. Health survey data is a major source of information for monitoring of the burde...

    Authors: TKT Lo, Lynne Parkinson, Michelle Cunich and Julie Byles

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:494

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Lumbar spondylosis is more prevalent among the middle-aged and elderly, but few population-based studies have been conducted, especially in Japan. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of lum...

    Authors: Ritsu Tsujimoto, Yasuyo Abe, Kazuhiko Arima, Takayuki Nishimura, Masato Tomita, Akihiko Yonekura, Takashi Miyamoto, Shohei Matsubayashi, Natsumi Tanaka, Kiyoshi Aoyagi and Makoto Osaki

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:493

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Hyaline cartilage calcification (CC) is associated with osteoarthritis (OA) in hip and knee joints. The first metatarsophalangeal joint (1stMTPJ) is frequently affected by OA, but it is unclear if CC occurs in th...

    Authors: Jan Hubert, Thelonius Hawellek, Sandra Hischke, Jessica Bertrand, Matthias Krause, Klaus Püschel, Wolfgang Rüther and Andreas Niemeier

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:474

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) annual scientific meetings are premier forums whereby orthopaedic surgeons are informed of the latest research advances in shoulder and elbow surgery. The purpos...

    Authors: Jeffrey Kay, Muzammil Memon, Darren de SA, Nicole Simunovic, George S. Athwal, Asheesh Bedi and Olufemi R. Ayeni

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:470

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