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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. The COMT (Catechol-O-Methyl Transferase) gene may influence a person’s vulnerability to develop long-term pain and some COMT single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) may associate with patterns of acute or chronic ...

    Authors: Eric Rydman, Erika Comasco, H. Pettersson, L. Oreland, S. Ponzer and C. Ottosson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:507

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  2. The aim of the study was (1) to characterise back pain in physically inactive students as well as in trained (with a high level of physical activity) and untrained (with an average level of physical activity) ...

    Authors: Agnieszka Kędra, Aleksandra Kolwicz-Gańko, Przemysław Kędra, Anna Bochenek and Dariusz Czaprowski

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:501

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  3. Musculoskeletal pain is common in childhood and adolescence, and may be long-lasting and recurrent. Musculoskeletal problems tend to follow adolescents into adulthood, and therefore it is important to design b...

    Authors: Signe Fuglkjær, Jan Hartvigsen, Niels Wedderkopp, Eleanor Boyle, Eva Jespersen, Tina Junge, Lisbeth Runge Larsen and Lise Hestbæk

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:492

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  4. Handball is a physical contact sport that includes frequent overhead throwing, and this combination leads to a high rate of shoulder injuries. Several factors have been associated with shoulder injuries in ove...

    Authors: Martin Asker, Markus Waldén, Henrik Källberg, Lena W. Holm and Eva Skillgate

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:485

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  5. Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common ailments that people experience in their lifetime. On the other hands, Sarcopenia also leads to several physical symptoms and contributes to reducing the quality o...

    Authors: Shinji Tanishima, Hiroshi Hagino, Hiromi Matsumoto, Chika Tanimura and Hideki Nagashima

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:452

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  6. Osteoarthritis (OA) and meniscal and ligament injuries of the knee are the two most common knee disorders in Korea. The aim of this study was to analyze the demographic characteristics, medical service use and...

    Authors: Chang Yong Suh, Yoon Jae Lee, Joon-Shik Shin, Jinho Lee, Me-riong Kim, Wonil Koh, Yun-Yeop Cha, Byung-Cheul Shin, Eui-Hyoung Hwang, Kristin Suhr, Mia Kim and In-Hyuk Ha

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:438

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  7. There are more than 5 million motor vehicle collisions annually in the United States, resulting in more than 2 million injured occupants. The most common types of collisions are head-on impacts, rear-ends, sid...

    Authors: Rami Hashish and Hasan Badday

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:437

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  8. Vertebral size and especially cross-sectional area (CSA) are independently associated with vertebral fracture risk. Previous studies have suggested that physical activity and especially high-impact exercise ma...

    Authors: Petteri Oura, Markus Paananen, Jaakko Niinimäki, Tuija Tammelin, Juha Auvinen, Raija Korpelainen, Jaro Karppinen and Juho-Antti Junno

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:433

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  9. Gout is a painful, inflammatory disease that may cause decreased function and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Limited study did not take the influence of gout characteristics and anxiety on HRQoL into ...

    Authors: Ting Fu, Haixia Cao, Rulan Yin, Lijuan Zhang, Qiuxiang Zhang, Liren Li and Zhifeng Gu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:429

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  10. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are important health problems in working populations. The study aimed to determine the prevalence of MSD among school teachers from urban and rural areas in Chuquisaca, Bolivia.

    Authors: María Teresa Solis-Soto, Anabel Schön, Angel Solis-Soto, Manuel Parra and Katja Radon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:425

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  11. One-third of individuals who sustain an acute lateral ankle ligament sprain suffer significant disability due to pain, functional instability, mechanical instability or recurrent sprain after recovery plateaus...

    Authors: Jacqueline Yewande Thompson, Christopher Byrne, Mark A. Williams, David J. Keene, Micheal Maia Schlussel and Sarah E. Lamb

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:421

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  12. It is difficult to gain an overview of musculoskeletal extremity complaints in childhood although this is essential to develop evidence-based prevention and treatment strategies. The objectives of this systema...

    Authors: Signe Fuglkjær, Kristina Boe Dissing and Lise Hestbæk

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:418

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  13. Low back pain (LBP) during pregnancy might be strongly related to posture and movements of the body, and its management is a clinically important issue. The purpose of this study was to investigate the activit...

    Authors: Saori Morino, Mika Ishihara, Fumiko Umezaki, Hiroko Hatanaka, Hirotaka Iijima, Mamoru Yamashita, Tomoki Aoyama and Masaki Takahashi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:416

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  14. Arthroscopic surgery is a common treatment for knee osteoarthritis (OA), particularly for symptomatic meniscal tear. Many patients with knee OA who have arthroscopies go on to have total knee arthroplasty (TKA...

    Authors: Amelia R. Winter, Jamie E. Collins and Jeffrey N. Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:408

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  15. The incidence, progression and related risk factors for recent-onset knee pain (KP) remain uncertain. This study aims to examine the natural history of KP including incidence and progression and to identify po...

    Authors: G. S. Fernandes, A. Sarmanova, S. Warner, H. Harvey, K. Akin-Akinyosoye, H. Richardson, N. Frowd, L. Marshall, J. Stocks, M. Hall, A. M. Valdes, D. Walsh, W. Zhang and M. Doherty

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:404

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  16. Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is not always a self-limiting condition. Women with more pronounced persistent PGP (PPGP) report poorer health status compared to women with less pronounced symptoms. The knowledge con...

    Authors: Cecilia Bergström, Margareta Persson, Kari-Anne Nergård and Ingrid Mogren

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:399

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  17. Foot involvement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients has been reported to severely affect functional capacity and quality of life. We aimed to determine the impact of midfoot and hindfoot involvement on func...

    Authors: Hye-Jin Jeong, Il Woong Sohn, Dam Kim, Soo-Kyung Cho, Si-Bog Park, Il-Hoon Sung and Yoon-Kyoung Sung

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:365

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  18. Musculoskeletal [MSK] injuries are common causes of long-term pain and physical disability which affect many people worldwide. The economic and social impacts on the individual, society and national health sys...

    Authors: Eric Lawer Torgbenu, Emmanuel K. Nakua, Henry Kyei, Eric Badu and Maxwell Peprah Opoku

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:349

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  19. Heterogeneity in patients with low back pain is well recognised and different approaches to subgrouping have been proposed. One statistical technique that is increasingly being used is Latent Class Analysis as...

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

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:345

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  20. Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries are common causes of morbidity and loss of active, physically demanding training days in military populations. We evaluated the incidence, diagnosis, and risk factors of ...

    Authors: Harri K. Pihlajamäki, Mickael C. Parviainen, Hannu Kautiainen and Ilkka Kiviranta

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:340

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  21. Most studies of risk factors for new low back pain (LBP) have been conducted in Western populations, but because of cultural and environmental differences, the impact of causal factors may not be the same in o...

    Authors: Mika Kawaguchi, Ko Matsudaira, Takayuki Sawada, Tadashi Koga, Akiko Ishizuka, Tatsuya Isomura and David Coggon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:334

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  22. Both acute and overuse injuries are common among recreational volleyball players, especially finger/wrist, ankle, shoulder and knee injuries. Consequently, an intervention (‘VolleyVeilig’) was developed to pre...

    Authors: Vincent Gouttebarge, Johannes Zwerver and Evert Verhagen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:333

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  23. Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is the most common hip disorder in children 9–15 years old. This is a population-based study in Sweden presenting the epidemiology for SCFE.

    Authors: Bengt Herngren, Margaretha Stenmarker, Ludek Vavruch and Gunnar Hagglund

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:304

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  24. Fibromyalgia, a potentially debilitating chronic pain syndrome of unknown etiology, may be characterized by inflammation. In this study, we investigated the relation of FMS to serum C-reactive protein (CRP) in...

    Authors: Termeh Feinberg, Usha Sambamoorthi, Christa Lilly and Kim Karen Innes

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:294

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  25. Norway has no prospective surveillance system to monitor the outcome of knee cartilage surgery. In 2004 the Norwegian Registry of Knee Ligament (NKLR) was successfully established, and has yielded useful infor...

    Authors: Cathrine Nørstad Engen, Asbjørn Årøen and Lars Engebretsen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:282

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  26. Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) is a relatively frequent and debilitating disease, with a prevalence ranging from 0.1 to 2% in the Caucasian population. Current Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International So...

    Authors: Nelly Raymond Ziade

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:280

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  27. In higher income countries, social disadvantage is associated with higher arthritis prevalence; however, less is known about arthritis prevalence or determinants in low to middle income countries (LMICs). We a...

    Authors: Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, S. Cook, M. T. Leech, S. J. Bowe, P. Kowal, N. Naidoo, I. N. Ackerman, R. S. Page, S. M. Hosking, J. A. Pasco and M. Mohebbi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:271

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  28. Studies of the epidemiology and outcomes of avascular necrosis (AVN) require accurate case-finding methods. The aim of this study was to evaluate performance characteristics of a claims-based algorithm designe...

    Authors: Medha Barbhaiya, Yan Dong, Jeffrey A. Sparks, Elena Losina, Karen H. Costenbader and Jeffrey N. Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:268

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  29. 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

  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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