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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. To improve the goal-directedness of strength exercises for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA), physical rehabilitation specialists need to know which muscle-groups are most substantially weakened across t...

    Authors: K. Vårbakken, H. Lorås, K. G. Nilsson, M. Engdal and A. K. Stensdotter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:593

    Content type: Research article

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  2. Hip fracture is an important and prevalent medical condition associated with adverse outcomes. The aim of this article is to systematically review and summarise the predictors of poor functional outcomes and m...

    Authors: Bang Yu Xu, Shi Yan, Lian Leng Low, Farhad Fakhrudin Vasanwala and Sher Guan Low

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:568

    Content type: Research article

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  3. Femoral shaft fractures represent common fractures of the lower limb in the paediatric population. The objectives of our study were to analyse the static plantar pressure and functional capacity in children wi...

    Authors: Elena Amăricăi, Oana Suciu, Roxana Ramona Onofrei, Emil Radu Iacob, Daniela Iacob, Călin Marius Popoiu, Marius Negru, Oana Belei, Luminița Bădițoiu and Eugen Boia

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:565

    Content type: Research article

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  4. The prevalence of low back pain is rising among the young adult population. Altered lumbar muscle tone was suggested to be associated with underlying pathologies and symptoms. To date, there is minimum informa...

    Authors: Wai Leung Ambrose Lo, Qiuhua Yu, Yurong Mao, Wenfeng Li, Chengpeng Hu and Le Li

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:559

    Content type: Research article

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  5. This meta-analysis aimed to compare the clinical outcomes and complications of minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) and open reduction–internal fixation (ORIF) in patients with proximal humeral fract...

    Authors: Feilong Li, Xuqiang Liu, Fuqiang Wang, Zhiping Gu, Qianyuan Tao, Cong Yao, Xuwen Luo and Tao Nie

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:550

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Altered thickness, cross-sectional area and activity of deep neck muscles have frequently been reported in patients with chronic non-specific neck pain (CNNP). It is claimed that these muscles do not recover s...

    Authors: Pegah Kashfi, Noureddin Karimi, Anneli Peolsson and Leila Rahnama

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:540

    Content type: Study protocol

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  7. Children and young people make up an age group most vulnerable to falls. Various stability disorders may become instrumental in sustaining more frequent falls and resultant fractures. Correct morphological str...

    Authors: Beata Szczepanowska-Wolowiec, Paulina Sztandera, Ireneusz Kotela and Marek Zak

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:537

    Content type: Research article

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  8. In cases of neck and shoulder pain, the responsibility for assessing work prognosis is held by clinicians with access to different domains of information. One of these domains is magnetic resonance imaging (MR...

    Authors: Line Thorndal Moll, Anne Mette Schmidt, Christina Malmose Stapelfeldt, Merete Labriola, Ole Kudsk Jensen, Morten Wasmod Kindt, Tue Secher Jensen and Berit Schiøttz-Christensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:525

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Pain neuroscience education (PNE) has been shown to reduce pain or psychological symptoms in patients with chronic pain and preoperative knee osteoarthritis; however, the evidence of its effectiveness in hospi...

    Authors: Naoki Deguchi, Yoshiyuki Hirakawa, Shota Izawa, Kazuhito Yokoyama, Keito Muraki, Ryouiti Oshibuti and Yasuki Higaki

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:516

    Content type: Research article

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  10. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is prevalent and often associated with meniscal tear. Physical therapy (PT) and exercise regimens are often used to treat OA or meniscal tear, but, to date, few programs have been desi...

    Authors: Clare E. Safran-Norton, James K. Sullivan, James J. Irrgang, Hannah M. Kerman, Kim L. Bennell, Gary Calabrese, Leigh Dechaves, Brian Deluca, Alexandra B. Gil, Madhuri Kale, Brittney Luc-Harkey, Faith Selzer, Derek Sople, Peter Tonsoline, Elena Losina and Jeffrey N. Katz

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:514

    Content type: Correspondence

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  11. The Back Beliefs Questionnaire (BBQ) is a 14-item patient-reported questionnaire that measures attitudes and beliefs about the consequences of back pain. The BBQ has recently been translated into Norwegian, bu...

    Authors: Alexander Tingulstad, Rikke Munk, Margreth Grotle, Ørjan Vigdal, Kjersti Storheim and Birgitta Langhammer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:510

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Lateral epicondylalgia (tennis elbow) is a common, debilitating and often treatment-resistant condition. Two treatments thought to address the pathology of lateral epicondylalgia are hypertonic glucose plus li...

    Authors: Michael Yelland, David Rabago, Michael Ryan, Shu-Kay Ng, Dinusha Vithanachchi, Nagarajan Manickaraj and Leanne Bisset

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:509

    Content type: Research article

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  13. To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of technology-assisted rehabilitation following total hip/knee replacement (THR/TKR).

    Authors: Xia Wang, David J. Hunter, Giovana Vesentini, Daniel Pozzobon and Manuela L. Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:506

    Content type: Research article

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  14. Chronic musculoskeletal pain affects more than 20% of the population, and the prevalence is increasing, causing suffering, loss of quality of life, disability, and an enormous expenditure on healthcare resourc...

    Authors: Miguel A. Galán-Martín, Federico Montero-Cuadrado, Enrique Lluch-Girbes, M. Carmen Coca-López, Agustín Mayo-Iscar and Antonio Cuesta-Vargas

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:505

    Content type: Study protocol

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  15. Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a prevalent form of chronic joint disease associated with functional restrictions and pain. Activity limitations negatively impact social connectedness and psychological well-being...

    Authors: Marianna Vitaloni, Angie Botto-van Bemden, Rosa Maya Sciortino Contreras, Deborah Scotton, Marco Bibas, Maritza Quintero, Jordi Monfort, Xavier Carné, Francisco de Abajo, Elizabeth Oswald, Maria R. Cabot, Marco Matucci, Patrick du Souich, Ingrid Möller, Guy Eakin and Josep Verges

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:493

    Content type: Research article

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  16. Exercise therapy is recommended for knee osteoarthritis (OA), but the underlying mechanisms of pain relief are not fully understood. The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of exercise on muscle p...

    Authors: Elisabeth Bandak, Mikael Boesen, Henning Bliddal, Robert G. C. Riis, Sabrina Mai Nielsen, Louise Klokker, Cecilie Bartholdy, Janus Damm Nybing and Marius Henriksen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:491

    Content type: Research article

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  17. Acupuncture therapy for chronic low back pain (CLBP) has received increasing attention. Nevertheless, the evidence of efficacy and safety of random controlled trials (RCTs) remains controversial. Acupuncture a...

    Authors: Xuqiang Wei, Baoyan Liu, Liyun He, Xingyue Yang, Jincao Zhou, Hong Zhao and Jia Liu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:488

    Content type: Study protocol

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  18. The global burden of chronic pain is growing with implications for both an ageing workforce and employers. Many obstacles are faced by people with chronic pain in finding employment and returning to work after...

    Authors: Mary Grant, Sophie Rees, Martin Underwood and Robert Froud

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:486

    Content type: Research article

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  19. In 2005, the German Association of Occupational Accident Insurance Funds (DGUV) defined radiological evaluation criteria for the assessment of degenerative occupational diseases of the lumbar spine. These incl...

    Authors: Benjamin Ulmar, Julia Wölfle-Roos, Tugrul Kocak and Alexander Brunner

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:485

    Content type: Research article

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  20. Rates of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) procedures in younger, more medically complex patients have dramatically increased over the last several decades. No study has examined categorization of lower and higher...

    Authors: Jesse C. Christensen, Andrew J. Kittelson, Brian J. Loyd, Michael A. Himawan, Charles A. Thigpen and Jennifer E. Stevens-Lapsley

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:483

    Content type: Research article

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  21. The purpose of this study to compare glenohumeral joint motion during active shoulder axial rotation between subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) shoulders and asymptomatic shoulders using cine-magnetic reso...

    Authors: Tomonori Kenmoku, Keisuke Matsuki, Nobuyasu Ochiai, Masaru Sonoda, Takumi Ishida, Shuichi Sasaki, Yuji Tanaka, Mitsufumi Nakawaki, Naoshige Nagura, Ryo Tazawa, Yu Sasaki, Scott A. Banks and Masashi Takaso

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:475

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Degenerative lumbar spine disorders are common among musculoskeletal disorders. When disabling pain and radiculopathy persists after adequate course of rehabilitation and imaging confirms compressive pathology...

    Authors: Maria Fors, Paul Enthoven, Allan Abbott and Birgitta Öberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:468

    Content type: Research article

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  23. Globally, low back pain (LBP) is one of the greatest causes of disability. In people with LBP, dysfunction of muscles such as the gluteus medius have been demonstrated to increase spinal loading and reduce spi...

    Authors: Sean Sadler, Samuel Cassidy, Benjamin Peterson, Martin Spink and Vivienne Chuter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:463

    Content type: Research article

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  24. To raise the effectiveness of interventions, clinicians should evaluate important biopsychosocial aspects of the patient’s situation. There is limited knowledge of which factors according to the International ...

    Authors: K. Vårbakken, H. Lorås, K. G. Nilsson, M. Engdal and A. K. Stensdotter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:462

    Content type: Research article

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  25. Few studies have investigated the effects of mobilization with movement (MWM) in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared to other procedures. Sham procedures are generally more appropriate control than...

    Authors: Hani A. Alkhawajah and Ali M. Alshami

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:452

    Content type: Research article

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  26. Cervical proprioception is critical in the maintenance of posture and movements, so its assessment in different cervical conditions has gained importance in recent clinical practice. Studies reporting this ass...

    Authors: Ravi Shankar Reddy, Jaya Shanker Tedla, Snehil Dixit and Mohammed Abohashrh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:447

    Content type: Research article

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  27. Subacromial impingement syndrome is a common problem in primary healthcare. It often include tendinopathy. While exercise therapy is effective for this condition, it is not clear which type of exercise is the ...

    Authors: Robin Larsson, Susanne Bernhardsson and Lena Nordeman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:446

    Content type: Research article

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  28. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are common among soldiers and constitute the most common reason for discontinuing military service within different military populations worldwide. The aims of this study were t...

    Authors: Alexandra Halvarsson, Monika Seth, Matthias Tegern, Lisbet Broman and Helena Larsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:444

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Biopsychosocial rehabilitation programs have been advocated for its management, especially since the widespread acceptance of the biopsyc...

    Authors: Maha E. Ibrahim, Kerstin Weber, Delphine S. Courvoisier and Stéphane Genevay

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:439

    Content type: Research article

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  30. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a highly prevalent condition. People with knee OA often have other co-morbidities such as obesity. Exercise is advocated in all clinical guidelines for the management of knee OA. It...

    Authors: Rachel K. Nelligan, Rana S. Hinman, Jessica Kasza, Sarah Schwartz, Alexander Kimp, Lou Atkins and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:428

    Content type: Study protocol

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  31. Resuming walking after lumbar surgery is a common focus of early post-operative rehabilitation, however there is no knowledge about whether increased walking is associated with better functional outcomes. This...

    Authors: Sarah J. Gilmore, Andrew J. Hahne, Megan Davidson and Jodie A. McClelland

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:418

    Content type: Research article

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  32. This paper describes (the development of) an eHealth tool (dr. Bart app) to enhance self-management and to optimize non-surgical health care utilization in patients with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis (OA) and...

    Authors: Tim Pelle, Karen Bevers, Job van der Palen, Frank H. J. van den Hoogen and Cornelia H. M. van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:398

    Content type: Study protocol

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  33. Individuals afflicted with nonspecific chronic low back pain (CLBP) exhibit altered fundamental movement patterns. However, there is a lack of validated analysis tools. The present study aimed to elucidate the...

    Authors: Johanna Vogel, Jan Wilke, Frieder Krause, Lutz Vogt, Daniel Niederer and Winfried Banzer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:395

    Content type: Research article

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  34. Acute lateral ankle ligament sprains (LALS) are a common injury seen by many different clinicians. Knowledge translation advocates that clinicians use Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) to aid clinical decisi...

    Authors: Toni Green, Grant Willson, Donna Martin and Kieran Fallon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:394

    Content type: Research article

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  35. Dupuytren’s contracture (DC) is a fibrotic hand condition in which one or more fingers develop progressive flexion deformities. Quality of life is diminished due to disabling limitations in performing everyday...

    Authors: Terese Aglen, Karin Hoegh Matre, Cecilie Lind, Ruud W. Selles, Jörg Aßmus and Tina Taule

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:387

    Content type: Study protocol

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  36. To determine the known-group validity, a type of construct validity, and the test-retest reliability of a newly developed tool, the Personalized Exercise Questionnaire (PEQ), that assesses the barriers, facili...

    Authors: Isabel B. Rodrigues, Jonathan D. Adachi, Karen A. Beattie, Arthur Lau and Joy C. MacDermid

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:373

    Content type: Research article

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  37. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent and chronic condition with no known cure. Exercise is advocated in all clinical guidelines due to its positive effects on symptoms. Despite this, exercise participation ...

    Authors: Rachel K. Nelligan, Rana S. Hinman, Jessica Kasza and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:342

    Content type: Study protocol

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  38. In Swedish primary care, the healthcare process for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) can be initiated by a physician or physiotherapist assessment. However, it is unclear how the different assessments a...

    Authors: Chan-Mei Ho, Carina A. Thorstensson and Lena Nordeman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:329

    Content type: Research article

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  39. Low back pain (LBP) is common among healthcare workers, whose work is physically strenuous and thus demands certain levels of physical fitness and spinal control. Exercise is the most frequently recommended tr...

    Authors: Annika Taulaniemi, Markku Kankaanpää, Kari Tokola, Jari Parkkari and Jaana H. Suni

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:328

    Content type: Research article

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  40. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, principally affecting the older population. Highly prevalent, disabling diseases such as osteoarthritis strain the capacity of health systems, and can resul...

    Authors: J. Haxby Abbott, Aimee L. Ward, Chris Crane, Catherine M. Chapple, Kirsten Stout, Liam Hutton, Virginia Martin, Helen Harcombe, Daniel Cury Ribeiro and David Gwynne Jones

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:324

    Content type: Research article

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  41. Muscle strength measurements using hand-held dynamometry (HHD) can be affected by the inadequate strength of the tester and lack of stabilization of the participants and the device. A portable HHD anchoring sy...

    Authors: Kwan-Sik Sung, You Gyoung Yi and Hyung-Ik Shin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:320

    Content type: Research article

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  42. The Cobb angle is proposed as the “disease process” outcome for scoliosis research because therapies aim to correct or stop curve progression. While the Scoliosis Research Society recommends the Cobb angle as ...

    Authors: Sanja Schreiber, Eric C. Parent, Doug L. Hill, Douglas M. Hedden, Marc J. Moreau and Sarah C. Southon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:319

    Content type: Research article

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  43. Clinical guidelines recommend exercise as a core treatment for individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA). However, the best type of exercise for clinical benefits is not clear, particularly in different OA sub...

    Authors: Kim L. Bennell, Rachel K. Nelligan, Alexander J. Kimp, Tim V. Wrigley, Ben Metcalf, Jessica Kasza, Paul W. Hodges and Rana S. Hinman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:291

    Content type: Study protocol

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  44. Muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration of the lumbar extensors is associated with LBP. Exercise-based rehabilitation targets strengthening these muscles, but few studies show consistent changes in muscle qualit...

    Authors: David B. Berry, Jennifer Padwal, Seth Johnson, Erin K. Englund, Samuel R. Ward and Bahar Shahidi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:290

    Content type: Research article

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  45. Musculoskeletal complaints of arm, neck, and shoulder (CANS) can lead to loss of work productivity. To assess the functional consequences of impairments in work, patient-reported outcomes can be important. The...

    Authors: Annemiek Muskee, Redmar J. Berduszek, Rienk Dekker, Michiel F. Reneman and Corry K. van der Sluis

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:279

    Content type: Research article

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  46. Previous studies have indicated that trunk muscle strength decreases with chronic low back pain, and is associated with poor balance, poor functional performance, and falls in older adults. Strengthening exerc...

    Authors: Satoshi Kato, Hideki Murakami, Satoru Demura, Katsuhito Yoshioka, Kazuya Shinmura, Noriaki Yokogawa, Takashi Igarashi, Noritaka Yonezawa, Takaki Shimizu and Hiroyuki Tsuchiya

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:273

    Content type: Research article

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  47. A research gap exists for optimal management of cervical radiculopathy in the first 12 weeks and short term natural history of the condition is somewhat unclear, although thought to be favourable. The primary ...

    Authors: Louise Keating, Caroline Treanor, Julie Sugrue, Dara Meldrum, Ciaran Bolger and Catherine Doody

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:265

    Content type: Study protocol

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  48. Foot orthoses are widely used to manage plantar heel pain (PHP). However, the evidence concerning the effect of foot orthoses on PHP is not conclusive. The study aims to identify the characteristics of patient...

    Authors: Fu-Lien Wu, Yi-Fen Shih, Si-Huei Lee, Hong-Ji Luo and Wendy Tzyy-Jiuan Wang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:264

    Content type: Research article

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