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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

    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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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

  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. Content type: Research article

    The Hospital for Special Surgery Hip Replacement Expectations Survey (HSS-THRES) and Knee Replacement Expectations Survey (HSS-TKRES) are widely used tools developed to assess patients’ preoperative expectatio...

    Authors: Chen Wang, Chen Zhang, De-Lin Liu, Wen-Wen Tong, Chong-Ru He, Xuan Huang and Wei-Dong Xu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:247

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  33. Content type: Research article

    To examine whether number of physical therapy (PT) visits or amount of use of an internet-based exercise training (IBET) program is associated with differential improvement in outcomes for participants with kn...

    Authors: Megan Pignato, Liubov Arbeeva, Todd A. Schwartz, Leigh F. Callahan, Jennifer Cooke, Yvonne M. Golightly, Adam P. Goode, Bryan C. Heiderscheit, Carla Hill, Kim M. Huffman, Herbert H. Severson and Kelli D. Allen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:238

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Inpatient rehabilitation is an expensive option following total hip arthroplasty (THA). We aimed to determine if THA patients who receive inpatient rehabilitation report better hip and quality of life scores p...

    Authors: Justine M. Naylor, Andrew Hart, Rajat Mittal, Ian A. Harris and Wei Xuan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:236

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  35. Content type: Study protocol

    The present randomized controlled trial, which is crossed with the “PREVenting the impairment of primary Osteoarthritis by high impact long-term Physical exercise regimen” Main Medical Trial (PrevOP-MMT), aims...

    Authors: Nina Knoll, Diana Hilda Hohl, Susannah Motter, Jan Keller, Daniela Lange, Dieter Felsenberg, Peter Martus, Wolfgang Ertel and Ralf Schwarzer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:221

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Rehabilitation programmes are used to improve hip fracture outcomes. There is little published trial clinical trial or population-based data on the effects of the type or provider of rehabilitation treatments ...

    Authors: Bowen Su, Roger Newson, Harry Soljak and Michael Soljak

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:211

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:340

  37. Content type: Research article

    Fractures of the hand and wrist are one of the most common injuries seen in adults. The Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire has been developed as a patient-reported assessment of pa...

    Authors: M. E. van Eck, C. M. Lameijer and M. El Moumni

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:207

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  38. Content type: Research article

    There is a large and unexplained practice variation in prescribed dosages of pain rehabilitation programs (PRP), and evidence regarding the optimum dosage is unknown.

    Authors: Michiel F. Reneman, Franka P. C. Waterschoot, Elseline Bennen, Henrica R. Schiphorst Preuper, Pieter U. Dijkstra and Jan H. B. Geertzen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:206

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  39. Content type: Study protocol

    Distal radius fractures (DRF) account for nearly one-fifth of all fractures in older adults, and women experience them 5× as often as men. Most DRF occur with low impact injuries to the wrist with an outstretc...

    Authors: Corey McGee, Jennifer Skye and Ann Van Heest

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:202

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with knee and hip osteoarthritis (OA) are less physically active than people in general, and many of these individuals have adopted a sedentary lifestyle. In this study we evaluate the outcome of e...

    Authors: Thérése Jönsson, Eva Ekvall Hansson, Carina A. Thorstensson, Frida Eek, Patrick Bergman and Leif E. Dahlberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:198

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The current practice in elective orthopaedics does not routinely include psychological interventions despite evidence that psychological factors such as personality, anxiety, depression and negative thinking s...

    Authors: Samantha Bay, Lukas Kuster, Neil McLean, Michelle Byrnes and Markus Stefan Kuster

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:201

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Global postural re-education (GPR) is a physiotherapy treatment approach for pediatric idiopathic scoliosis (IS), where the physiotherapist qualitatively assesses scoliotic curvature reduction potential (with ...

    Authors: Sarah Dupuis, Carole Fortin, Christiane Caouette, Isabelle Leclair and Carl-Éric Aubin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:200

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) is a prevalent condition in adults over the age of 55 years. The condition is associated with activity limitations that are related to increased pain when engaging in ...

    Authors: Elisabeth Thornes, Hilde Stendal Robinson and Nina Køpke Vøllestad

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:192

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Many people with musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders wait several months or years for Consultant Doctor appointments, despite often not requiring medical or surgical interventions. To allow earlier patient access ...

    Authors: Orna Fennelly, Catherine Blake, Oliver FitzGerald, Roisin Breen, Jennifer Ashton, Aisling Brennan, Aoife Caffrey, François Desmeules and Caitriona Cunningham

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:181

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Volumetric muscle loss (VML) injuries occur due to orthopaedic trauma or the surgical removal of skeletal muscle and result in debilitating long-term functional deficits. Current treatment strategies do not pr...

    Authors: Sarah M. Greising, Gordon L. Warren, W. Michael Southern, Anna S. Nichenko, Anita E. Qualls, Benjamin T. Corona and Jarrod A. Call

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:173

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  46. Content type: Research article

    The Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (KOOS) is a commonly used knee assessment and outcome tool in both clinical work and research. However, it has not been formally translated and validated in Fin...

    Authors: Juhani Multanen, Mikko Honkanen, Arja Häkkinen and Ilkka Kiviranta

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:155

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  47. Content type: Research article

    Based on the conservation of resource (COR) theory by Hobfoll, the aim of the present study was to test whether the relationships among relational demands, work meaning, and intention to leave vary as a functi...

    Authors: Daniela Converso, Sara Viotti, Ilaria Sottimano, Vincenza Cascio and Gloria Guidetti

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:156

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  48. Content type: Study protocol

    Lower limb strengthening, especially the quadriceps training, is of much necessity for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). Previous studies suggest that strengthening of the hip muscles, especially the hip a...

    Authors: Yujie Xie, Chi Zhang, Wei Jiang, Juan Huang, Lili Xu, Guoyin Pang, Haiyan Tang, Ruyan Chen, Jihua Yu, Shengmin Guo, Fangyuan Xu and Jianxiong Wang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:147

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  49. Content type: Research article

    Patients with distal radius fractures (DRF) often have limited range-of-motion (ROM) in multiple planes of movement. No studies have comprehensively examined the impact of various ROM limitations on physical f...

    Authors: Zixian Yang, Peggy Poh Hoon Lim, Sing Hwee Teo, Huiwen Chen, Huaying Qiu and Yong Hao Pua

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:142

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