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BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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