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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. Knee pain is common and related to knee osteoarthritis. However, there is a discrepancy between knee pain and radiographic osteoarthritis. In the general population, knee pain is associated with psychological ...

    Authors: Tomoko Fujii, Hiroyuki Oka, Junji Katsuhira, Juichi Tonosu, Satoshi Kasahara, Sakae Tanaka and Ko Matsudaira

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:23

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  2. Positive association between body weight and bone mass is well established, and the concept of body mass index (BMI) is associated with higher areal bone mineral density (aBMD) and reduced fracture risk. BMI, tha...

    Authors: Anne Winther, Lone Jørgensen, Luai Awad Ahmed, Tore Christoffersen, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Guri Grimnes, Rolf Jorde, Ole Andreas Nilsen, Elaine Dennison and Nina Emaus

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:21

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  3. Previous estimates for the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions (MSK) and chronic pain in Australia have been based on self-report. We aimed to determine the prevalence and distribution of arthritis, chron...

    Authors: David Alejandro González-Chica, Simon Vanlint, Elizabeth Hoon and Nigel Stocks

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:20

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  4. Total joint replacement procedures are increasing in number because of population aging and osteoarthritis development. Defined as a lack of physiological reserves and the inability to adequately respond to ex...

    Authors: Han Ting Wang, Josée Fafard, Stéphane Ahern, Pascal-André Vendittoli and Paul Hebert

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:14

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  5. Persisting fatigue has been reported to be a common complaint by individuals with connective tissue disorders, including Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). This controlled study evaluated in an adult OI population ...

    Authors: Heidi Arponen, Janna Waltimo-Sirén, Helena Valta and Outi Mäkitie

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:3

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  6. Research into musculoskeletal conditions often focusses on pain at single sites, such as the knee, yet several studies have previously reported the high prevalence of multiple sites of musculoskeletal pain. Th...

    Authors: Andrew Finney, Krysia S. Dziedzic, Martyn Lewis and Emma Healey

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:535

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  7. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent chronic joint disease in China. The aim of this study was to examine the association between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and knee OA in a population-based Chinese study.

    Authors: Dong-xing Xie, Jie Wei, Chao Zeng, Tuo Yang, Hui Li, Yi-lun Wang, Hui-zhong Long, Zi-ying Wu, Yu-xuan Qian, Kang-hua Li and Guang-hua Lei

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:533

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  8. Meniscal lesions are among the most common injuries of the knee, yet limited epidemiologic data is available on their risk factors. We investigated the association of lifestyle factors and physical strenuousne...

    Authors: Tea Kontio, Markku Heliövaara, Harri Rissanen, Paul Knekt, Arpo Aromaa and Svetlana Solovieva

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:528

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  9. Several studies have reported that diabetic persons have an increased risk for fractures than non-diabetes patients. The association between proximal humerus fractures and type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is unclear and...

    Authors: Maria Angeles Martinez-Huedo, Rodrigo Jiménez-García, Eduardo Mora-Zamorano, Valentín Hernández-Barrera, Manuel Villanueva-Martinez and Ana Lopez-de-Andres

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:522

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  10. Cartilage changes are an important early finding of osteoarthritis (OA), which can exist even before symptoms. Our objective was to determine the prevalence of knee cartilage damage on magnetic resonance imagi...

    Authors: Alvin Keng, Eric C. Sayre, Ali Guermazi, Savvakis Nicolaou, John M. Esdaile, Anona Thorne, Joel Singer, Jacek A. Kopec and Jolanda Cibere

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:517

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  11. Various health care professionals apply Spinal Manipulative Treatment (SMT) in daily practice. While the characteristics of chiropractors and manual therapists and the characteristics of their patient populati...

    Authors: Wouter Schuller, Raymond W. J. G. Ostelo, Daphne C. Rohrich, Adri T. Apeldoorn and Henrica C. W. de Vet

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:512

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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