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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

    Few, if any, patient reported symptoms have been shown to be related to objective measures of spine function. Recently, patient-reported measures of disability following spinal manipulative therapy have been a...

    Authors: Maliheh Hadizadeh, Greg N. Kawchuk and Eric Parent

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:176

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    This cross-sectional study evaluated associations of joint hypermobility and multiple joint osteoarthritis (MJOA) in a community-based cohort of adults 45+ years of age.

    Authors: Terese R. Gullo, Yvonne M. Golightly, Portia Flowers, Joanne M. Jordan, Jordan B. Renner, Todd A. Schwartz, Virginia B. Kraus, Marian T. Hannan, Rebecca J. Cleveland and Amanda E. Nelson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:165

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Post-operative limb swelling may negatively affect the outcome of arthroscopic surgery and prolong rehabilitation. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the effect of compression stockings versus no comp...

    Authors: Tina S. Tischer, Sebastian Oye, Robert Lenz, Peter Kreuz, Wolfram Mittelmeier, Rainer Bader and Thomas Tischer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:161

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is common in elderly people, causes pain, loss of physical functioning, and disability. This was a two-arm, superiority, quasi-experimental trial. The aim of this study was to evaluat...

    Authors: Hongbo Chen, Xiaoyan Zheng, Hongjie Huang, Congying Liu, Qiaoqin Wan and Shaomei Shang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:160

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies reported the beneficial effects of walking in individual with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis (OA). The current study aimed to compare the effect of 6-week retro versus forward walking pr...

    Authors: Ahmad H. Alghadir, Shahnawaz Anwer, Bibhuti Sarkar, Ashis K. Paul and Dilshad Anwar

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:159

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Literature addressing the mechanical properties of kinesiology tape is quite scarce. There are no studies which focus on the mechanical characteristics of kinesiology tape, its mechanical properties, nor its a...

    Authors: Francisco Selva, Alberto Pardo, Xavier Aguado, Ignacio Montava, Luis Gil-Santos and Carlos Barrios

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:153

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  7. Content type: Research article

    We have previously reported quantitative exposure-response relationships between physical exposures recorded by technical methods, and complaints and diagnoses in the neck/shoulders, and the elbows/hands, base...

    Authors: Istvan Balogh, Inger Arvidsson, Jonas Björk, Gert-Åke Hansson, Kerstina Ohlsson, Staffan Skerfving and Catarina Nordander

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:139

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Physical capacity tasks are useful tools to assess functioning in patients with low back pain (LBP), but evidence is scarce regarding the responsiveness (ability to detect change over time) and minimal importa...

    Authors: Max Jakobsson, Helena Brisby, Annelie Gutke, Mari Lundberg and Rob Smeets

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:137

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Involuntary hamstring muscle activity is present in some people during the straight leg raise test, but it is not known to what extent involuntary muscle activity limits passive joint range of motion. This stu...

    Authors: Yanni Foo, Martin E. Héroux, Lionel Chia and Joanna Diong

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:130

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  10. Content type: Research article

    A novel loaded self-managed exercise programme that includes pain education and self-management strategies may result in better outcomes for people with patellofemoral pain (PFP). However, establishing program...

    Authors: Benjamin E. Smith, Paul Hendrick, Marcus Bateman, Fiona Moffatt, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, James Selfe, Toby O. Smith and Pip Logan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:129

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The etiology of non-specific low back pain (LBP) is complex and not well understood. LBP is common and causes a remarkable health burden worldwide. Leg-length discrepancy (LLD) is potentially a risk factor for...

    Authors: Satu Rannisto, Annaleena Okuloff, Jukka Uitti, Markus Paananen, Pasi-Heikki Rannisto, Antti Malmivaara and Jaro Karppinen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:105

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of a six-week combined manual therapy (MT) and stabilizing exercises (SEs), with a one-month follow-up on neck pain and improving function and posture in pat...

    Authors: Kiana Fathollahnejad, Amir Letafatkar and Malihe Hadadnezhad

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:86

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Reassuring patient education and exercise therapy are widely recommended interventions for back pain in clinical guidelines. However, many patients are offered non-guideline endorsed options, and strategies fo...

    Authors: Alice Kongsted, Inge Ris, Per Kjaer, Werner Vach, Lars Morsø and Jan Hartvigsen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:85

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Neck pain (NP) is a very common musculoskeletal condition with potential for a high burden in disability and length of disorder. Clinical practice guidelines (CPG) give recommendations to clinicians for provid...

    Authors: Pulak Parikh, Pasqualina Santaguida, Joy Macdermid, Anita Gross and Arshia Eshtiaghi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:81

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Up to 40% of individuals who sprain their ankle develop chronic ankle instability (CAI). One treatment option for this debilitating condition is joint mobilisation. There is preliminary evidence that Mulligan’...

    Authors: Ishanka Weerasekara, Peter Grant Osmotherly, Suzanne Jordan Snodgrass, John Tessier and Darren Anthony Rivett

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:75

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain is one of the most prevalent musculoskeletal conditions and the highest contributor to disability in the world. It is characterized by frequent relapses leading to additional care-seeking. Engage...

    Authors: Anita B. Amorim, Evangelos Pappas, Milena Simic, Manuela L. Ferreira, Matthew Jennings, Anne Tiedemann, Ana Paula Carvalho-e-Silva, Eduardo Caputo, Alice Kongsted and Paulo H. Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:71

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Achilles tendon rupture (ATR) is a common sports injury, with a rising incidence and significant impairments. Due to the lack of treatment guidelines, there is no consensus about diagnostic methods, primary tr...

    Authors: Olivier C. Dams, Inge van den Akker-Scheek, Ron L. Diercks, Klaus W. Wendt, Eelke Bosma, Tom M. van Raaij, Arvid V. Munzebrock, Wierd P. Zijlstra, Johannes Zwerver and Inge H. F. Reininga

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:69

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The majority of individuals with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) experience progressive skeletal deformities which may affect the quality of life and mobility. To date, no studies have evaluated the reliability ...

    Authors: Agnieszka Stępień, Maria Jędrzejowska, Katarzyna Guzek, Witold Rekowski and Jolanta Stępowska

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:54

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Total knee replacement (TKR) patients participate in early supervised exercise therapy programs, despite a lack of evidence for such programs or the optimal type, duration or frequency to provide the best clin...

    Authors: Larissa Nicole Sattler, Wayne Anthony Hing and Christopher John Vertullo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:42

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The devastating impact of musculoskeletal injury (MSI) on human lives, the economy, and health services cannot be overemphasised. This has ignited discussion at international fora, as countries have been exhor...

    Authors: Eric Lawer Torgbenu, Evans Yayra Kwaku Ashigbi, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Sandra Banini and Emmanuel Barima Agyemang Prempeh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:40

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) includes biomechanical parameters that vary between clinicians, but for which the influence on the therapy clinical effects is unknown. This parallel-randomized controlled tri...

    Authors: Isabelle Pagé and Martin Descarreaux

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:29

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Interventions for low back pain (LBP) commonly target ‘dysfunctional’ or atypical lumbo-pelvic kinematics in the belief that correcting aberrant movement improves patients’ pain and activity outcomes. If atypi...

    Authors: Robert A. Laird, Jennifer L. Keating, Kasper Ussing, Paoline Li and Peter Kent

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:28

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Accurate assessment of isometric hand grip strength (HGS) and isometric lower limb strength (LS) are often limited to specialized clinics due to high costs and need for specialized equipment and personnel. A m...

    Authors: F. Eika, A. W. Blomkvist, M. T. Rahbek, K. D. Eikhof, M. D. Hansen, M. Søndergaard, J. Ryg, S. Andersen and M. G. Jorgensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:21

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Functional tests are widely used to measure performance in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Our objective was to determine the Minimal Clinically Important Differences (MCID) for the 6-min walk test...

    Authors: Charles Benaim, Simon Blaser, Bertrand Léger, Philippe Vuistiner and François Luthi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:16

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Surface electromyographic (EMG) recordings collected during the performance of functional evaluations allow clinicians to assess aberrant patterns of muscle activity associated with musculoskeletal disorders. ...

    Authors: Fatemeh Noushin Golabchi, Stefano Sapienza, Giacomo Severini, Phil Reaston, Frank Tomecek, Danilo Demarchi, MaryRose Reaston and Paolo Bonato

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:13

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Walker orthosis are frequently prescribed as they are removable to allow wound control, body care and physiotherapy and are adaptable to the soft tissue conditions. The prerequisite for successful treatment wi...

    Authors: Alena Sint, Sebastian Felix Baumbach, Wolfgang Böcker, Christian Kammerlander, Karl-Georg Kanz, Mareen Braunstein and Hans Polzer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:453

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  27. Content type: Research article

    There are various established scoring systems to assess the outcome of clubfoot treatment after correction with the Ponseti method. We used five measures to compare the results in a cohort of children followed...

    Authors: Tracey Smythe, Maxman Gova, Rumbidzai Muzarurwi, Allen Foster and Christopher Lavy

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:450

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Preliminary evidence suggests osteoarthritis is a risk factor for cognitive decline. One potential reason is 87% of adults with osteoarthritis are inactive, and low moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and h...

    Authors: Ryan S. Falck, John R. Best, Linda C. Li, Patrick C. Y. Chan, Lynne M. Feehan and Teresa Liu-Ambrose

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:447

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a clinical decision-making framework that supports quality improvement in healthcare. While osteopaths are key providers of musculoskeletal healthcare, the extent to which oste...

    Authors: Tobias Sundberg, Matthew J. Leach, Oliver P. Thomson, Philip Austin, Gary Fryer and Jon Adams

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:439

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Subgrouping patients with chronic low back pain is recommended prior to selecting treatment strategy, and fear avoidance beliefs is a commonly addressed psychological factor used to help this subgrouping. The ...

    Authors: Jeanette Sora Trinderup, Annette Fisker, Carsten Bogh Juhl and Tom Petersen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:431

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  31. Content type: Study protocol

    Meniscal tears often accompany knee osteoarthritis, a disabling condition affecting 14 million individuals in the United States. While several randomized controlled trials have compared physical therapy to sur...

    Authors: James K. Sullivan, James J. Irrgang, Elena Losina, Clare Safran-Norton, Jamie Collins, Swastina Shrestha, Faith Selzer, Kim Bennell, Leslie Bisson, Angela T. Chen, Courtney K. Dawson, Alexandra B. Gil, Morgan H. Jones, Melissa A. Kluczynski, Kathleen Lafferty, Jeffrey Lange…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:429

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    The objective of this study is to analyze the influence of a 14-week periodized circuit training protocol on patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), in randomized intervention groups, on thigh intermuscular ad...

    Authors: Aline Castilho de Almeida, Maria Gabriela Pedroso, Jessica Bianca Aily, Glaucia Helena Gonçalves, Carlos Marcelo Pastre and Stela Marcia Mattiello

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:421

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Clinical guidelines recommend that people with back pain be given information and education about their back pain, advice to remain active and at work, and exercises to improve mobility and physical activity. ...

    Authors: Per Kjaer, Alice Kongsted, Inge Ris, Allan Abbott, Charlotte Diana Nørregaard Rasmussen, Ewa M. Roos, Søren T. Skou, Tonny Elmose Andersen and Jan Hartvigsen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:418

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Neck pain is a major health issue with high rates of recurrence. It presents with a variety of altered sensorimotor functions. Exercise is a cornerstone of rehabilitation and many training methods are used. Ex...

    Authors: Johannes Blomgren, Erika Strandell, Gwendolen Jull, Irene Vikman and Ulrik Röijezon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:415

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Glenohumeral pain and rotator cuff tendinopathy (RCT) are common musculoskeletal complaints with high prevalence among working populations. The primary proposed pathophysiologic mechanisms are sub-acromial RC ...

    Authors: Lincoln A. Holdaway, Kurt T. Hegmann, Matthew S. Thiese and Jay Kapellusch

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:408

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The prevention and rehabilitation of multisite musculoskeletal pain would benefit from studies aiming to understand its underlying mechanism. Autonomic imbalance is a suggested mechanism for multisite pain, bu...

    Authors: Tatiana de Oliveira Sato, David M. Hallman, Jesper Kristiansen and Andreas Holtermann

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:405

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  37. Content type: Research article

    To reduce ergonomic risk factors in terms of awkward and constrained postures and high velocities, it is important to perform adequate risk assessments. Technical methods provide objective measures of physical...

    Authors: Camilla Dahlqvist, Catarina Nordander, Mikael Forsman and Henrik Enquist

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:402

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  38. Content type: Study protocol

    Diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN) negatively affects foot and ankle function (strength and flexibility), which itself affects the daily physical activity and quality of life of patients. A physical therapy protoco...

    Authors: Renan L. Monteiro, Cristina D. Sartor, Jane S. S. P. Ferreira, Milla G. B. Dantas, Sicco A. Bus and Isabel C. N. Sacco

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:400

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  39. Content type: Research article

    There is a growing interest concerning the understanding of and rehabilitation of the sagittal configuration of the cervical spine as a clinical outcome. However, the literature on the topic specific to conser...

    Authors: Ibrahim M. Moustafa, Aliaa A. Diab, Fatma Hegazy and Deed E. Harrison

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:396

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  40. Content type: Study protocol

    Chronic spinal pain affects many in the United States and is associated with rising healthcare costs - but not improved outcomes. Education and self-care promotion are hallmarks of the recommended approach for...

    Authors: Elizabeth Lane, Julie M. Fritz, Tom Greene and Daniel Maddox

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:386

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  41. Content type: Research article

    People with severe low back pain are at higher risk of poor health. Patients scheduled for lumbar fusion surgery are assumed to have low levels of physical activity, but few data exist. The aim of the study wa...

    Authors: Hanna Lotzke, Max Jakobsson, Annelie Gutke, Maria Hagströmer, Helena Brisby, Olle Hägg, Rob Smeets and Mari Lundberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:365

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Increased body mass index (BMI) has been associated with poorer function in patients who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. However, the effect of high BMI on muscle strength in th...

    Authors: Wei-Hsiu Hsu, Chun-Hao Fan, Pei-An Yu, Chi-Lung Chen, Liang-Tseng Kuo and Robert Wen-Wei Hsu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:363

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Pattern tracing tasks can be used to assess cervical spine movement sense (CMS). A simple clinical measure of CMS (tracing fixed figure-of-eight (F8) and zigzag (ZZ) patterns with a head mounted laser) has bee...

    Authors: Isabelle M Werner, Markus J Ernst, Julia Treleaven and Rebecca J Crawford

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:358

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Compression therapy is commonly used to reduce lower limb swelling and blood loss after knee surgery. This study was performed to investigate whether modified Robert Jones bandage (MRJB) as a postoperative com...

    Authors: Haoda Yu, Haoyang Wang, Kai Zhou, Xiao Rong, Shunyu Yao, Fuxing Pei and Zongke Zhou

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:357

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  45. Content type: Research article

    The objective of this study is to describe the rehabilitative pathway of patients undergoing endoprosthetic knee replacement surgery, build reference values ​​of the functional results achieved, and identify p...

    Authors: Mattia Morri, Cristiana Forni, Riccardo Ruisi, Tiziana Giamboi, Fabrizio Giacomella, Davide Maria Donati and Maria Grazia Benedetti

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:353

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  46. Content type: Research article

    To explore patient characteristics predictive of a poor response to multidisciplinary non-surgical rehabilitation of three common orthopaedic conditions within a tertiary care service.

    Authors: Shaun O’Leary, Michelle Cottrell, Maree Raymer, David Smith and Asaduzzaman Khan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:348

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) experience pain and impaired physical functioning. The longitudinal effect of cyclic bisphosphonate treatment on these symptoms has not been described. We serially ev...

    Authors: Melissa D. Garganta, Sarah S. Jaser, Margot A. Lazow, Jonathan G. Schoenecker, Erin Cobry, Stephen R. Hays and Jill H. Simmons

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:344

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