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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

    This systematic review gives an overview of guidelines and original publications as well as the evidence on which the currently proposed indication criteria are based. Until now such a state-of-the-science ove...

    Authors: Maaike G. J. Gademan, Stefanie N. Hofstede, Thea P. M. Vliet Vlieland, Rob G. H. H. Nelissen and Perla J. Marang-van de Mheen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:463

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    The Scottish Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (SERA) study is an inception cohort of rheumatoid (RA) and undifferentiated arthritis (UA) patients that aims to provide a contemporary description of phenotype and outc...

    Authors: James Dale, Caron Paterson, Ann Tierney, Stuart H. Ralston, David M. Reid, Neil Basu, John Harvie, Neil D. McKay, Sarah Saunders, Hilary Wilson, Robin Munro, Ruth Richmond, Derek Baxter, Michael McMahon, John McLaren, Vinod Kumar…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:461

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) occurrence and intensity are considered to fluctuate over time, requiring frequent repetitive assessments to capture its true time pattern. Text messages makes frequent reporting of LBP fea...

    Authors: Julie Lagersted-Olsen, Hans Bay, Marie Birk Jørgensen, Andreas Holtermann and Karen Søgaard

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:453

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    Recent studies have confirmed the existence of neuropathic pain (NeP) components in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. However, the presence of NeP in patients with rotator cuff tears has not been invest...

    Authors: Tatsuki Karasugi, Junji Ide, Toshio Kitamura, Nobukazu Okamoto, Takuya Tokunaga and Hiroshi Mizuta

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:451

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) has become increasingly popular worldwide as an alternative to ankle arthrodesis for surgical treatment of end-stage ankle arthritis. The aim of this epidemiological study, using...

    Authors: Takumi Matsumoto, Hideo Yasunaga, Hiroki Matsui, Kiyohide Fushimi, Naohiro Izawa, Tetsuro Yasui, Yuho Kadono and Sakae Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:450

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Chronic low back pain (CLBP) is associated with significant disability and reductions in health related quality of life (HRQoL), which can negatively impact overall function and productivity. Depression is als...

    Authors: Toshinaga Tsuji, Ko Matsudaira, Hiroki Sato and Jeffrey Vietri

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:447

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Many factors, such as heredity, ethnicity, nutrition and other lifestyle factors, have been related to bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. Additionally, bone mass has been significantly associated wi...

    Authors: Gerardo Huitrón-Bravo, Edgar Denova-Gutiérrez, Juan O. Talavera, Carlos Moran-Villota, Juan Tamayo, Arianna Omaña-Covarrubias and Jorge Salmerón

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:437

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The Lysholm Knee Score (LKS) is widely used and is one of the most effective questionnaires employed to assess knee injuries. Although LKS has been translated into multiple languages, there is no Chinese versi...

    Authors: W. Wang, L. Liu, X. Chang, Z. Y. Jia, J. Z. Zhao and W. D. Xu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:436

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  9. Content type: Research article

    In Germany, about 86.7 % of the dentists have stated to suffer from pain in the neck and shoulder region. These findings are predominantly based on surveys. Therefore the objective of this study is to conduct ...

    Authors: Daniela Ohlendorf, Christina Erbe, Imke Hauck, Jennifer Nowak, Ingo Hermanns, Dirk Ditchen, Rolf Ellegast and David A. Groneberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:427

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Information technologies in occupational activities have been developing very rapid. Epidemiological studies have shown that musculoskeletal disorders are widely prevalent among employees working with a comput...

    Authors: Gintare Kaliniene, Ruta Ustinaviciene, Lina Skemiene, Vidmantas Vaiciulis and Paulius Vasilavicius

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:420

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  11. Content type: Database

    Sweden offers a unique opportunity to researchers to construct comprehensive databases that encompass a wide variety of healthcare related data. Statistics Sweden and the National Board of Health and Welfare c...

    Authors: Peter Cnudde, Ola Rolfson, Szilard Nemes, Johan Kärrholm, Clas Rehnberg, Cecilia Rogmark, John Timperley and Göran Garellick

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:414

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Despite the prominent position of methotrexate (MTX) in Rheumatoid Arthiris (RA) therapeutics, its real-world effectiveness may be influenced by a relative lack of tolerability or other side effects that physi...

    Authors: J. R. Curtis, F. Xie, D. Mackey, N. Gerber, A. Bharat, T. Beukelman, K. G. Saag, L. Chen, B. Nowell and S. Ginsberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:405

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The role of sex as an important biological determinant of vulnerability to sustaining injury and gender as a social determinate of access to resources, referral for medical care and perceived disability remain...

    Authors: Helen Razmjou, Sandra Lincoln, Iona Macritchie, Robin R. Richards, Danielle Medeiros and Amr Elmaraghy

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:401

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Back pain is a common, disabling and costly disorder for which patients often consult with a wide range of health practitioners. Unfortunately, no research to date has directly examined the association between...

    Authors: David Sibbritt, Romy Lauche, Tobias Sundberg, Wenbo Peng, Craig Moore, Alex Broom, Emma Kirby and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:393

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Patients’ perceptions of their illness are dynamic and can directly influence aspects of management. Our aim was to examine the illness perceptions of gout patients in UK primary care and associations with all...

    Authors: Ciaran P. Walsh, James A. Prior, Priyanka Chandratre, John Belcher, Christian D. Mallen and Edward Roddy

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:394

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Sonographers’ perceptions of ergonomic and work-related pain problems at work have so far mostly been researched in quantitative studies by questionnaires. There is a need of experience-based research to deepe...

    Authors: Jenny Gemark Simonsen and Gunvor Gard

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:391

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Historically, persons scheduled for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) have reported severe pain with low demand activities such as walking, but recent data suggests that TKA recipients may have less preoperative p...

    Authors: Ilana M. Usiskin, Heidi Y. Yang, Bhushan R. Deshpande, Jamie E. Collins, Griffin L. Michl, Savannah R. Smith, Kristina M. Klara, Faith Selzer, Jeffrey N. Katz and Elena Losina

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:378

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to investigate effects on perceived exertion, work ability self-reported neck pain and clinically diagnosed conditions in the neck, of an intervention with prismatic spectacles among ...

    Authors: Agneta Lindegård, Catarina Nordander, Helene Jacobsson and Inger Arvidsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:347

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  19. Content type: Research article

    We examined pain levels in 2 cohorts assembled from the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register (BSRBR), and investigated which factors predicted Bodily Pain scores and discontinuation of TNFα-inhi...

    Authors: Daniel F. McWilliams and David A. Walsh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:337

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The incidence and severity of football-related injuries has been found to differ strongly between professional leagues from different countries. The aims of this study were to record the incidence, type and se...

    Authors: I. Shalaj, F. Tishukaj, N. Bachl, H. Tschan, B. Wessner and R. Csapo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:338

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Surveys of patient satisfaction and their willingness to return can be used for the optimization of processes, improving their quality, and increasing the satisfaction and loyalty in customers. This study look...

    Authors: Tom Schaal, Tonio Schoenfelder, Joerg Klewer and Joachim Kugler

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:330

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  22. Content type: Research article

    This study assessed the incidence and excess mortality of hip fractures among inpatients aged 20–40 years in a nationwide population database in Taiwan.

    Authors: Tsai-Hsueh Leu, Wei-Chun Chang, Jeff Chien-Fu Lin, Chi Lo, Wen-Miin Liang, Yu-Jun Chang, Dann-Pyng Shih, Cheng-Chun Wu, Chi-Fung Cheng and Sy-Jye Wei

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:326

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  23. Content type: Research article

    In Japan, the majority of hip osteoarthritis (OA) was caused by acetabular dysplasia, and about 90 % of patients were female. The present study focused on Japanese female patients with hip OA due to acetabular...

    Authors: Satoko Ohfuji, Seiya Jingushi, Kyoko Kondo, Muroto Sofue, Moritoshi Itoman, Tadami Matsumoto, Yoshiki Hamada, Hiroyuki Shindo, Yoshio Takatori, Harumoto Yamada, Yuji Yasunaga, Hiroshi Ito, Satoshi Mori, Ichiro Owan, Genji Fujii, Hirotsugu Ohashi…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:320

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  24. Content type: Research article

    It is recognised that back pain (BP) is a debilitating medical problem in the soldier community, which limits operational readiness as well as work ability. As such, identification of risk factors is a necessi...

    Authors: Andreas Monnier, Mats Djupsjöbacka, Helena Larsson, Kjell Norman and Björn O. Äng

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:319

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  25. Content type: Research article

    With the increasingly severe energy shortage and climate change problems, developing wind power has become a key energy development strategy and an inevitable choice to protect the ecological environment world...

    Authors: Ning Jia, Tao Li, Shuangqiu Hu, Xinhe Zhu, Kang Sun, Long Yi, Qiong Zhang, Guilian Luo, Yuzhen Li, Xueyan Zhang, Yongen Gu and Zhongxu Wang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:314

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The results of studies investigating the association between the ladybird homeobox 1 (LBX1) gene polymorphisms and the risk of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) are not all the same. As such, we performed a m...

    Authors: Yaqin Cao, Jikang Min, Qianghua Zhang, Heng Li and Haidong Li

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:309

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  27. Content type: Research article

    School scoliosis screening has been carried out around the world. The screen program has never been performed on Chongming Island, the third largest island in China and characterized less population exchange w...

    Authors: Qing Du, Xuan Zhou, Stefano Negrini, Nan Chen, Xiaoyan Yang, Juping Liang and Kun Sun

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:303

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients failing disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) may undergo anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor (anti-TNF) therapy. Using the Quebec health services administrative databases, w...

    Authors: Marina Amaral de Ávila Machado, Sasha Bernatsky, Louis Bessette, Hacene Nedjar and Elham Rahme

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:298

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Associations between socioeconomic position (SEP) and the uptake of primary total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA) is not well understood in the Australian population, thus potentially limiting equitable allocation...

    Authors: Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Richard S. Page, Stephen E. Lane, Michelle Lorimer, Rachelle Buchbinder, Richard H. Osborne, Julie A. Pasco, Anita E. Wluka, Kerrie M. Sanders, Peter R. Ebeling and Stephen E. Graves

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:291

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  30. Content type: Research article

    To update community-based prevalence values for Polymyalgia Rheumatic (PMR) and Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA) using case record review supplemented by population survey and subsequent clinical review.

    Authors: Max Yates, Karly Graham, Richard Arthur Watts and Alexander James MacGregor

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:285

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Motor vehicle related moderate-severe orthopaedic trauma has a major impact on the burden of injury. In Australia, all states and territories provide access to financial compensation following injury in a moto...

    Authors: Darnel F. Murgatroyd, Ian A. Harris, Yvonne Tran and Ian D. Cameron

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:282

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of referral to occupational health clinics and of consequent work absenteeism. There is lack of data concerning ages 18–21. The objective of our study was to evaluate the...

    Authors: Shlomo Moshe, Oren Zack, Aharon S. Finestone, Menashe Mishal, Noa Segal, Dan Slodownik and Yaron Yagev

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:279

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) is a multifactorial condition, which can be mentally and physically compromising both during and after pregnancy. However, long-term pregnancy-related PGP has been poorly investigated....

    Authors: Helen Elden, Annelie Gutke, Gunilla Kjellby-Wendt, Monika Fagevik-Olsen and Hans-Christian Ostgaard

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:276

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  34. Content type: Study protocol

    Axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is a disabling inflammatory joint disease with chronic low back pain (CLBP) as leading symptom. Recognizing axSpA in the large amount of CLBP patients is difficult for general p...

    Authors: Lonneke van Hoeven, Yvonne Vergouwe, Bart W. Koes, Johanna M. W. Hazes and Angelique E. A. M. Weel

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:278

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  35. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of self-reported low back pain (LBP) and neck and shoulder pain (NSP), and the related factors in members and non-members of adolescents’ sports cl...

    Authors: M. Rossi, K. Pasanen, S. Kokko, L. Alanko, O. J. Heinonen, R. Korpelainen, K. Savonen, H. Selänne, T. Vasankari, L. Kannas, U. Kujala, J. Villberg and J. Parkkari

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:263

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Some aspects of validity are missing for the Harris Hip Score (HHS). Our objective was to examine the clinically meaningful change thresholds, responsiveness and the predictive ability of the HHS questionnaire.

    Authors: Jasvinder A. Singh, Cathy Schleck, Scott Harmsen and David Lewallen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:256

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Although international guidelines encourage urate lowering therapy (ULT) for people who have more than two attacks of gout, only 30 % of patients are prescribed it and only 40 % of those adhere to the treatmen...

    Authors: Jane C. Richardson, Jennifer Liddle, Christian D. Mallen, Edward Roddy, Samantha Hider, Suman Prinjha and Sue Ziebland

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:249

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Community-based studies of patellofemoral pain (PFP) need a questionnaire tool that discriminates between those with and those without the condition. To overcome these issues, we have designed a self-report qu...

    Authors: Paola Dey, Michael Callaghan, Neil Cook, Ruth Sephton, Chris Sutton, Elaine Hough, Jonathan James, Rukhtam Saqib and James Selfe

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:237

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Obesity is one of the only modifiable risk factors for both incidence and progression of Osteoarthritis (OA). So there is increasing interest from a public health perspective in addressing obesity in the manag...

    Authors: Anna Flego, Michelle M. Dowsey, Peter F. M. Choong and Marj Moodie

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:233

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The effect of physical activity on risk and prognosis for neck pain has been studied earlier with inconclusive results. There is a need for large prospective studies on the subject. The aim of this study was t...

    Authors: Lina Palmlöf, Lena W. Holm, Lars Alfredsson, Cecilia Magnusson, Eva Vingård and Eva Skillgate

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:219

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Both musculoskeletal pain-intensity in relation to a specific location (e.g. lower back or shoulder) and pain in multiple body regions have been shown to be associated with impaired function and sickness absen...

    Authors: Søren Mose, David Høyrup Christiansen, Jens Christian Jensen and Johan Hviid Andersen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:197

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies are characterized by predominant involvement of the shoulder and pelvic girdle and trunk muscle groups. Currently, there are 31 genes implicated in the different forms of limb-...

    Authors: Inna Inashkina, Eriks Jankevics, Janis Stavusis, Inta Vasiljeva, Kristine Viksne, Ieva Micule, Jurgis Strautmanis, Maruta S. Naudina, Loreta Cimbalistiene, Vaidutis Kucinskas, Astrida Krumina, Algirdas Utkus, Birute Burnyte, Ausra Matuleviciene and Baiba Lace

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:200

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Studies have shown a negative social gradient in the incidence of early retirement. To prevent undesired early retirement, there is a need for knowledge of specific predictors in addition to social factors wit...

    Authors: Lone Donbæk Jensen, Jens Peter Ellekilde Bonde, Michael Victor Christensen and Thomas Maribo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:202

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Chronic multiple-site joint pain (MSJP) is common in older people and associated with poor outcomes, yet under-researched. Our aim was to detail the clinical characteristics of people with MSJP and their utili...

    Authors: Rafi Raja, Bright Dube, Elizabeth M. A. Hensor, Sarah F. Hogg, Philip G. Conaghan and Sarah R. Kingsbury

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:194

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  45. Content type: Study protocol

    Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been shown to improve outcomes for patients with fibromyalgia, and its cardinal feature chronic widespread pain (CWP). Prediction models have now been developed which id...

    Authors: Gary J. Macfarlane, Marcus Beasley, Gordon Prescott, Paul McNamee, Philip Keeley, Majid Artus, John McBeth, Philip Hannaford, Gareth T. Jones, Neil Basu, John Norrie and Karina Lovell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 17:179

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