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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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