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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: Study protocol

    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

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  2. Content type: Research article

    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

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  3. Content type: Research article

    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

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  4. Content type: Research article

    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

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  5. Content type: Study protocol

    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

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  6. Content type: Research article

    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

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Grip strength (GS) test is an essential aspect of clinical practice with patients with upper extremity injuries. The random error of GS test was hypothesized to be proportional to the level of GS. The purpose ...

    Authors: Zhongfei Bai, Tian Shu and Wenxin Niu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:256

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Physical therapy (PT) and other exercise-based interventions are core components of care for knee osteoarthritis (OA), but both are underutilized, and some patients have limited access to PT services. This cli...

    Authors: Kelli D. Allen, Dennis Bongiorni, Kevin Caves, Cynthia J. Coffman, Theresa A. Floegel, Heather M. Greysen, Katherine S. Hall, Bryan Heiderscheit, Helen M. Hoenig, Kim M. Huffman, Miriam C. Morey, Shalini Ramasunder, Herbert Severson, Battista Smith, Courtney Van Houtven and Sandra Woolson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:254

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    Chronic low back pain is potentially disabling for older adults, and exercise is considered the best treatment. The Pilates method and aerobic exercises have been proven to be effective in pain and function im...

    Authors: Naiane Teixeira Bastos de Oliveira, Natalia Aquaroni Ricci, Yuri Rafael dos Santos Franco, Evany Maira Espirito Santo Salvador, Isabella Cristina Barboza Almeida and Cristina Maria Nunes Cabral

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:250

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common nerve compression disorder which affects hand sensation and function. Carpal tunnel release surgery (CTR) is frequently performed to alleviate these symptoms. For many CTR pa...

    Authors: Lisa Newington, Charlotte Brooks, David Warwick, Jo Adams and Karen Walker-Bone

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:242

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The Pedi International Knee Documentation Committee (IKDC) and Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) child are validated questionnaires for children with knee disorders. The aim of this study was...

    Authors: Charlotte A. van der Velden, M. C. van der Steen, Jens Leenders, Florens Q. M. P. van Douveren, Rob P. A. Janssen and Max Reijman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:240

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  12. Content type: Research article

    There is accumulating evidence for the advantages of rehabilitation involving sensori-motor training (SMT) following total knee replacement (TKR). However, the best way in which to deliver SMT remains elusive ...

    Authors: Maria Moutzouri, Fiona Coutts, John Gliatis, Evdokia Billis, Elias Tsepis and Nigel Gleeson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:231

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Non-specific chronic low back pain (nscLBP) has a high socio-economic relevance due to its high incidence, prevalence and associated costs. Therefore, it is essential to evaluate effective therapeutic strategi...

    Authors: Daniela Huber, Carina Grafetstätter, Johanna Proßegger, Christina Pichler, Ewald Wöll, Martin Fischer, Martin Dürl, Karin Geiersperger, Melanie Höcketstaller, Stefan Frischhut, Markus Ritter and Arnulf Hartl

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:221

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  14. Content type: Research article

    High-level evidence consistently indicates that resource-intensive facility-based rehabilitation does not provide better recovery compared to home programs for uncomplicated knee or hip arthroplasty patients a...

    Authors: Justine M. Naylor, Andrew Hart, Ian A. Harris and Adriane M. Lewin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:214

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  15. Content type: Research article

    To date, published systematic reviews concerning the effects of Kinesio Taping (KT) on muscle strength have not analysed facilitatory and inhibitory applications separately. As a result, their results could be...

    Authors: Ming Lok Yam, Zuyao Yang, Benny Chung-Ying Zee and Ka Chun Chong

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:212

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Telephone cognitive behavioural therapy (tCBT) is an acceptable and effective treatment for patients with chronic widespread pain (CWP). Preventing the onset of CWP offers considerable benefits to the individu...

    Authors: Claire Fraser, Marcus Beasley, Gary Macfarlane and Karina Lovell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:198

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Fatigue is a major symptom of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is some evidence that physical activity (PA) may be effective in reducing RA fatigue. However, few PA interventions have been designed to manage f...

    Authors: Victoria E. Salmon, Sarah Hewlett, Nicola E. Walsh, John R. Kirwan, Maria Morris, Marie Urban and Fiona Cramp

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:194

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Prolonged static postures (PSPs) may predispose dentists to develop cervical herniated intervertebral disc (C-HIVD); however, there is limited evidence supporting this in the literature thus far. We conducted ...

    Authors: Chien-Cheng Huang, Ping-Jang Kuo, Chien-Chin Hsu, Hung-Jung Lin, Shih-Bin Su, Jhi-Joung Wang and Shih-Feng Weng

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:189

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Physical therapy and exercising are key components of biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic pain. Exercise helps reduce pain and improve physical functions. In addition, a high level of physical activity ...

    Authors: Philippe Terrier, Caroline Praz, Joane Le Carré, Philippe Vuistiner, Bertrand Léger and François Luthi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:188

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  20. Content type: Research article

    A model for triaging patients in primary care to provide immediate contact with the most appropriate profession to treat the condition in question has been developed and implemented in parts of Sweden. Direct ...

    Authors: Lena Bornhöft, Jörgen Thorn, Mikael Svensson, Lena Nordeman, Robert Eggertsen and Maria E. H. Larsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:186

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is frequently associated with postural instability. Although several studies evaluated patients’ functional impairments, underlying sensorimotor mechanisms are still poorly underst...

    Authors: Sarah Kneis, Verena Bruetsch, Daniela Dalin, Ulrich Hubbe and Christoph Maurer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:183

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  22. 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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  23. Content type: Research article

    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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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