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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

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. Content type: Research article

    The Western Ontario Rotator Cuff Index (WORC) is a joint specific outcome tool that assesses the quality of life in patients with various rotator cuff problems.

    Authors: Agnieszka Bejer, Mirosław Probachta, Marek Kulczyk, Sharon Griffin, Elżbieta Domka-Jopek and Jędrzej Płocki

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:333

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Rotator cuff disorders represent the commonest type of painful shoulder complaints in clinical practice. Although conservative treatment including physiotherapy is generally recommended as first-line treatment...

    Authors: Cordula Braun, Nigel C. Hanchard, Helen H. Handoll and Andreas Betthäuser

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:329

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Clinical practice guidelines generally recommend clinicians use self-management support (SMS) when managing patients with spine pain. However, even within the educational setting, the implementation of SMS rem...

    Authors: Owis Eilayyan, Aliki Thomas, Marie-Christine Hallé, Sara Ahmed, Anthony C. Tibbles, Craig Jacobs, Silvano Mior, Connie Davis, Roni Evans, Michael J. Schneider, Fadi Alzoubi, Jan Barnsley, Cynthia R. Long and Andre Bussières

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:328

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Success rates for lumbar discectomy are estimated as 78–95% patients at 1–2 years post-surgery, supporting its effectiveness. However, ongoing pain and disability is an issue for some patients, and recurrence ...

    Authors: Alison Rushton, Konstantinos Zoulas, Andrew Powell and JB Staal

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:326

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:372

  41. Content type: Research article

    Movement dysfunctions have been associated with persistent low back pain (LBP) but optimal treatment remains unclear. One possibility is that subgroups of persistent LBP patients have differing movement charac...

    Authors: Robert A. Laird, Jennifer L. Keating and Peter Kent

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:309

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Kinesiotape (KT) is widely used in musculoskeletal rehabilitation as an adjuvant to treatment, but minimal evidence supports its use. The aim of this study is to determine the immediate and short-term effects ...

    Authors: Fabienne Reynard, Philippe Vuistiner, Bertrand Léger and Michel Konzelmann

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:305

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  43. Content type: Research article

    There is a paucity of research on the association between psychological factors and persistent shoulder pain. The aim of this study was to investigate whether emotional distress was associated with pain intens...

    Authors: Kaja Smedbråten, Britt Elin Øiestad and Yngve Røe

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:304

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT), which can be divided into radial shock-wave therapy (RaSWT) and focused shock-wave therapy (FoSWT), has been widely used in clinical practice for managing orthopedic c...

    Authors: Chun-De Liao, Guo-Min Xie, Jau-Yih Tsauo, Hung-Chou Chen and Tsan-Hon Liou

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:278

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  45. Content type: Research article

    There is no agreement for the performance assessment of patients who practice exercises.. (2 points to withdraw) This assessment is currently left to the physiotherapist’s personal judgement. We studied the ag...

    Authors: Aurore Hermet, Alexandra Roren, Marie-Martine Lefevre-Colau, Adrien Gautier, Jonathan Linieres, Serge Poiraudeau and Clémence Palazzo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:265

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is one of the most common chronic diseases in the elderly and is the primary cause of the loss of motor function and disability in this population. Exercise therapy is a core, basic a...

    Authors: Jianji Wang, Long Yang, Qingjun Li, Zhanyu Wu, Yu Sun, Qiang Zou, Xuanze Li, Zhe Xu and Chuan Ye

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:263

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Sufficient lower extremity muscle strength is necessary for performing functional tasks, and individuals with knee osteoarthritis demonstrate thigh muscle weakness compared to controls. It has been suggested t...

    Authors: Brittney A. Luc-Harkey, Clare E. Safran-Norton, Lisa A. Mandl, Jeffrey N. Katz and Elena Losina

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:258

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  48. Content type: Research article

    Neck and shoulder disorders may be linked to the presence of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). These disorders can significantly impact a person’s activities of daily living and ability to work. MTrPs can be ...

    Authors: Daniel Cury Ribeiro, Angus Belgrave, Ana Naden, Helen Fang, Patrick Matthews and Shayla Parshottam

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:252

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