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Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health

Section edited by J. Bart Staal

This section concerns all aspects of physical therapies and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders. This section also considers studies concerning work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupation health.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Although upper cervical and upper thoracic spine mobilization plus therapeutic exercises are common interventions for the management of forward head posture (FHP), no study has directly compared the effectiven...

    Authors: Juchul Cho, Eunsang Lee and Seungwon Lee

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:525

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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    Globally, neck pain is the fourth most common condition associated with longer periods of living with disability. Annually, approximately 0.3% of the population of Western countries undergo whiplash trauma, an...

    Authors: Anneli Peolsson, Maria Landén Ludvigsson and Gunnel Peterson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:524

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) has been used to reduce spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP) for decades. The purpose of this study was to analyze to what extent BTX-A treatment was used to treat spastici...

    Authors: Maria Franzén, Gunnar Hägglund and Ann Alriksson-Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:520

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    Severe knee osteoarthritis, as well as the surgical procedure of total knee replacement that aims to reduce its symptoms, cause great deterioration on the proprioceptive system. Taking this fact into account, ...

    Authors: José-María Blasco, Celedonia Igual-Camacho and Sergio Roig-Casasús

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:518

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Hyperkyphosis, an excessive anterior curvature in the thoracic spine, is associated with reduced health status in older adults. Hyperkyphosis is highly prevalent, more common in older women than men. There is ...

    Authors: Wendy B. Katzman, Neeta Parimi, Amy Gladin, Eduard A. Poltavskiy, Anne L. Schafer, Roger K. Long, Bo Fan, Shirley S. Wong and Nancy E. Lane

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:509

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Contractile tissue plays an important role in mobility deficits in frozen shoulder (FS). However, no study has assessed the effect of the muscle release technique on the muscle activation and kinematics in ind...

    Authors: Yi-Fen Shih, Pei-Wen Liao and Chun-Shou Lee

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:499

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with persistent musculoskeletal pain (PMP) have an increased risk of developing co-morbid health conditions and for early-mortality compared to those without pain. Despite irrefutable evidence supp...

    Authors: Joanne Marley, Mark A. Tully, Alison Porter-Armstrong, Brendan Bunting, John O’Hanlon, Lou Atkins, Sarah Howes and Suzanne M. McDonough

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:482

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Physical activity (PA) decreases during hospitalization. In particular, the amount of PA engaged in by older people who are hospitalized following musculoskeletal injury is likely to be limited for months afte...

    Authors: K. Turunen, L. Aaltonen, J. Kumpumäki, E. Portegijs, S. Keikkala, M.-L. Kinnunen, T. Finni, S. Sipilä and R. Nikander

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:477

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Physiotherapy rehabilitation following surgical reconstruction to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can take up to 12 months to complete. Given the lengthy rehabilitation process, a blended intervention can...

    Authors: Emma Dunphy, Fiona L. Hamilton, Irena Spasić and Kate Button

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:471

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Most people experience low back pain (LBP), and it is often ongoing or recurrent. Contemporary research knowledge indicates individual’s pain beliefs have a strong effect on their pain experience and managemen...

    Authors: Jenny Setchell, Nathalia Costa, Manuela Ferreira, Joanna Makovey, Mandy Nielsen and Paul W. Hodges

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:466

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Treatment for patients with chronic low-back pain (LBP) is a public health issue. Intramuscular injections of botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) have shown an analgesic effect on LBP in two previous randomized control...

    Authors: Mélanie Cogné, Hervé Petit, Alexandre Creuzé, Dominique Liguoro and Mathieu de Seze

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:454

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Emergence of more autonomous roles for physiotherapists warrants more evidence regarding their diagnostic capabilities. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate diagnostic and surgical triage concordance between a phys...

    Authors: S. Décary, M. Fallaha, B. Pelletier, P. Frémont, J. Martel-Pelletier, J.-P. Pelletier, D. E. Feldman, M.-P. Sylvestre, P.-A. Vendittoli and F. Desmeules

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:445

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  13. Content type: Research article

    The promotion of physical activity is a major field in rehabilitation and health promotion but evidence is lacking on what method or strategy works best. Ensuing from this research gap, the present study compa...

    Authors: Andrea Schaller, Katja Petrowski, Timo-Kolja Pfoertner and Ingo Froboese

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:431

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Sensorimotor disturbances of the hand such as altered neuromuscular control and reduced proprioception have been reported for various musculoskeletal disorders. This can have major impact on daily activities s...

    Authors: Ulrik Röijezon, Ragnar Faleij, Petros Karvelis, George Georgoulas and George Nikolakopoulos

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:407

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Shoulder pain of musculoskeletal origin is the main cause of upper limb pain of non-traumatic origin. Despite being one of the most common reasons for consultation, there is no established protocol for treatme...

    Authors: Emma Tejera-Falcón, Nuria del Carmen Toledo-Martel, Francisco Manuel Sosa-Medina, Fátima Santana-González, Miriam del Pino Quintana-de la Fe, Tomás Gallego-Izquierdo and Daniel Pecos-Martín

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:400

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  16. Content type: Research article

    This study systematically summarizes quantitative imaging biomarker research in non-traumatic neck and shoulder musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). There were two research questions: 1) Are there quantitative im...

    Authors: Judith E. Gold, David M. Hallman, Fredrik Hellström, Martin Björklund, Albert G. Crenshaw, Svend Erik Mathiassen, Mary F. Barbe and Sayed Ali

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:395

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Mechanical neck pain is a highly prevalent problem in primary healthcare settings. Many of these patients have restricted mobility of the cervical spine. Several manual techniques have been recommended for res...

    Authors: Vanessa González Rueda, Carlos López de Celis, Martín Eusebio Barra López, Andoni Carrasco Uribarren, Sara Castillo Tomás and Cesar Hidalgo García

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:384

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  18. Content type: Research article

    There is a substantive lack of knowledge about comorbidity in patients with frozen shoulder. The aim of this study was to investigate whether subjective health complaints and Neuroticism would predict treatmen...

    Authors: Satya Pal Sharma, Rolf Moe-Nilssen, Alice Kvåle and Anders Bærheim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:380

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Many studies suggest that impairment of motor control is the mechanical component of the pathogenesis of painful disorders in the lumbo-sacral region; however, this theory is still unproven and the results and...

    Authors: Jan M. A. Mens and Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:372

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of contact with the primary healthcare sector. In some patients, symptoms quickly resolve, but others develop long-lasting pain and disability. To improve the care pathway...

    Authors: Allan Riis, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Cathrine Elgaard Jensen and Martin Bach Jensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:360

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