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Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health

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. Isometric exercises for a flexed finger have been reported to be effective for treating trigger finger as the flexor tendon widens the space under the first annular (A1) pulley towards the palmar destination d...

    Authors: Shinya Tanaka, Kosuke Uehara, Ryota Sugimura, Toshiki Miura, Takashi Ohe, Sakae Tanaka and Yutaka Morizaki

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:421

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  2. Chronic low back pain is the most frequent medical problem and the condition with the most years lived with disability in Western countries. The objective of this study was to assess a new treatment, Medi-Tapi...

    Authors: Stefan Schmidt, Nicolas Wölfle, Claudia Schultz, Dieter Sielmann, Roman Huber and Harald Walach

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:410

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  3. As the primary treatment for adhesive capsulitis, intensive and accurate home exercise is as important as physical therapy in hospitals. Augmented reality (AR)-based telerehabilitation has been implemented rec...

    Authors: Seung Mi Yeo, Ji Young Lim, Jong Geol Do, Jae-Young Lim, Jong In Lee and Ji Hye Hwang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:386

    Content type: Study protocol

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  4. Rehabilitation is an effective procedure for promoting functional recovery after simultaneous bilateral total knee arthroplasty (TKA); however, it has been cited as a significant economic burden of medical car...

    Authors: Shu Takagawa, Naomi Kobayashi, Yohei Yukizawa, Takayuki Oishi, Masaki Tsuji, Toshihiro Misumi and Yutaka Inaba

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:368

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  5. Rehabilitation is seen as crucial in dealing with the demographic change in many European countries. In Germany, for example, after having stayed in a rehabilitation center, patients have the possibility to pa...

    Authors: Darko Jekauc, Sabine Rayling, Sara Klopp, Detlef Schmidt, Lena-Marie Rittmann and Julian Fritsch

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:366

    Content type: Study protocol

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  6. Over 90,000 total knee replacement (TKR) procedures are performed annually in the United Kingdom (UK). Patients awaiting TKR face long delays whilst enduring severe pain and functional limitations. Almost 20% ...

    Authors: Anna M. Anderson, Christine Comer, Toby O. Smith, Benjamin T. Drew, Hemant Pandit, Deborah Antcliff, Anthony C. Redmond and Gretl A. McHugh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:352

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  7. En bloc resection of malignant tumors involving upper thoracic spine is technically difficult. We surgically treated a patient with grade 2 chondrosarcoma involving T1–5, left upper thoracic cavity, and chest ...

    Authors: Xiaodong Tang, Zhenyu Cai, Ruifeng Wang, Tao Ji and Wei Guo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:348

    Content type: Case report

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  8. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most common entrapment mononeuropathy of the upper extremity. The previous systematic review of the diagnostic tests for CTS was outdated. The objective of this study was to...

    Authors: Armaghan Dabbagh, Joy C. MacDermid, Joshua Yong, Tara L. Packham, Luciana G. Macedo and Maryam Ghodrati

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:337

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Recent clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of specific, multidisciplinary, bio-psychosocial, rehabilitation programmes for chronic neck pain. However, prognostic factors for the improvement of...

    Authors: Martin Weigl, Josefine Letzel and Felix Angst

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:330

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  10. Disrupted self-perception of the low back might contribute to chronic non-specific low back pain. The Fremantle back awareness questionnaire is a simple questionnaire to assess back specific self-perception. T...

    Authors: Axel Schäfer, Benedict M. Wand, Kerstin Lüdtke, Katja Ehrenbrusthoff and Thomas Schöttker-Königer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:323

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  11. Exercise is recommended as a principal treatment for individuals with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). However, the best choice for an optimal exercise program able to promote long-term compliance in KOA patients is...

    Authors: Fenglan Wang, Xiaoli Zhang, Xiao Tong, Min Zhang, Fengmei Xing, Kun Yang, Nana Jiao and Zhiguang Duan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:313

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  12. General physiotherapy is a common means of rehabilitation after surgery for proximal humeral fracture (PHF). Better-targeted exercises seem worthy of investigation and the aim of this study was to assess the e...

    Authors: Marco Monticone, Igor Portoghese, Daniele Cazzaniga, Valentina Liquori, Giuseppe Marongiu, Antonio Capone, Marcello Campagna and Giovanni Zatti

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:293

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  13. The study aims to identify whether Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) combined with early physiotherapy has an advantage over PRP alone for rotator cuff injury patients, regarding pain release, function score, tear si...

    Authors: Chi Zhang, Jianxiong Wang, Li Wang, Yujie Xie, Fuhua Sun, Wei Jiang, Akira Miyamoto and Lei Lei

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:292

    Content type: Study protocol

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  14. Chronic low back pain is a multidimensional syndrome affecting physical activity and function, health-related quality of life and employment status. The aim of the study was to quantify the cross-sectional and...

    Authors: Thomas Benz, Susanne Lehmann, Achim Elfering, Peter S. Sandor and Felix Angst

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:291

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  15. Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program is an evidence-based improvement over non-ERAS traditional care. The aim of the present study was to analyze the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of an ERAS prog...

    Authors: Zhong-En Li, Shi-Bao Lu, Chao Kong, Wen-Zhi Sun, Peng Wang and Si-Tao Zhang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:283

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  16. Prolonged (excessive) sitting is detrimentally associated with cardiovascular, metabolic and mental health. Moreover, prolonged sitting has been associated with poor executive function, memory, attention and v...

    Authors: Baskaran Chandrasekaran, Arto J. Pesola, Chythra R. Rao and Ashokan Arumugam

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:274

    Content type: Review

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  17. Delirium is a common complication of hip surgery patients. It is necessary to investigate the epidemiological characteristics and related risk factors of delirium after hip fracture surgery, to provide evidenc...

    Authors: Weifang Xu, Haiping Ma, Wang Li and Chen Zhang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:254

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  18. Non - pharmacological management of migraine, tension-type headache (TTH), and cervicogenic headache (CGH) may include spinal manual therapy and exercise. Mulligan Manual Therapy (MMT) utilizes a protocol of h...

    Authors: Kiran Satpute, Nilima Bedekar and Toby Hall

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:243

    Content type: Study protocol

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  19. To tailor physical activity treatment programs for patients with osteoarthritis, clinicians need valid and feasible measurement tools to evaluate habitual physical activity. The widely used International Physi...

    Authors: Kenth Louis Joseph, Hanne Dagfinrud, Anne Christie, Kåre Birger Hagen and Anne Therese Tveter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:232

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  20. To evaluate the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) in perioperative nurses and to explore their association with personal characteristics.

    Authors: Marco Clari, Alessandro Godono, Giacomo Garzaro, Gianluca Voglino, Maria Rosaria Gualano, Giuseppe Migliaretti, Attilia Gullino, Catalina Ciocan and Valerio Dimonte

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:226

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  21. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the short- and intermediate-term effects of the combined application of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) techniques and neuromuscular exercises of ...

    Authors: Konstantinos Mylonas, Pavlos Angelopoulos, Evdokia Billis, Elias Tsepis and Konstantinos Fousekis

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:212

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:385

  22. Current health policy states that patients with osteoarthritis (OA) should mainly be managed in primary health care. Still, research shows that patients with hand OA have poor access to recommended treatment i...

    Authors: Ingvild Kjeken, Kjetil Bergsmark, Ida K. Haugen, Toril Hennig, Merete Hermann-Eriksen, Vivian Tryving Hornburg, Åshild Hove, Anne Prøven, Trine Amalie Sjøvold and Barbara Slatkowsky-Christensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:194

    Content type: Study protocol

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  23. Proven treatments for low back pain, at best, only provide modest overall benefits. Matching people to treatments that are likely to be most effective for them may improve clinical outcomes and makes better us...

    Authors: Siew Wan Hee, Dipesh Mistry, Tim Friede, Sarah E. Lamb, Nigel Stallard, Martin Underwood and Shilpa Patel

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:191

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  24. Emerging evidence highlights the importance of preoperative expectations in predicting patient-reported outcomes of orthopedic surgeries. To date, it is still a matter of controversy whether patient satisfacti...

    Authors: Anne Kästner, Virginie S. C. Ng Kuet Leong, Frank Petzke, Stefan Budde, Michael Przemeck, Martin Müller and Joachim Erlenwein

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:180

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  25. Annually in the UK, 40,000–90,000 people are involved in a traumatic incident. Severity of injury and how well people recover from their injuries varies, with physiotherapy playing a key role in the rehabilita...

    Authors: N. Middlebrook, N. R. Heneghan, D. Falla, L. Silvester, A. B. Rushton and A. A. Soundy

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:163

    Content type: Study protocol

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  26. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and common mental disorders (CMDs) are the most frequent reasons for long-term sick leave and work disability. Occupational rehabilitation programs are used to help employees r...

    Authors: Monica Eftedal, Torill H. Tveito, Ulrik Gensby, M. Kamrul Islam, Stein Atle Lie, Gro Aasland, Svein Kostveit and Chris Jensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:158

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  27. Neck and shoulder complaints are common in primary care physiotherapy. These patients experience pain and disability, resulting in high societal costs due to, for example, healthcare use and work absence. Cont...

    Authors: Mark L. van Tilburg, Corelien J. J. Kloek, Martijn F. Pisters, J. Bart Staal, Johanna M. van Dongen, Marjolein de Weerd, Raymond W. J. G. Ostelo, Nadine E. Foster and Cindy Veenhof

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:143

    Content type: Study protocol

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  28. Our study compare the short and long-term efficacy of the intra articular injections (IAIs) of hyaluronic acid (HA), platelet-rich plasma (PRP), plasma rich in growth factors (PRGF), and ozone in patients with...

    Authors: Seyed Ahmad Raeissadat, Parsa Ghazi Hosseini, Mohammad Hasan Bahrami, Reza Salman Roghani, Mohammad Fathi, Azadeh Gharooee Ahangar and Mahtab Darvish

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:134

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  29. The Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire (PSEQ) is a valid and reliable instrument that evaluates pain self-efficacy beliefs in people with pain conditions. However, it has not been validated and used in Ethiopia....

    Authors: Mulugeta Bayisa Chala, Catherine Donnelly, Yemataw Wondie, Setareh Ghahari and Jordan Miller

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:111

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  30. There is evidence that people with persistent shoulder pain exhibit findings consistent with the presence of sensorimotor dysfunction. Sensorimotor impairments can manifest in a variety of ways, and further de...

    Authors: Tomohiko Nishigami, Akihisa Watanabe, Toshiki Maitani, Hayato Shigetoh, Akira Mibu, Benedict Martin Wand, Mark J. Catley, Tasha R. Stanton and G. Lorimer Moseley

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:98

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  31. Evidence has shown that velocity-specific exercise results in additional benefits for peripheral joint muscles by promoting their functions, however, its effects on spinal muscles are yet to be investigated. T...

    Authors: Sharon MH Tsang, Kenneth TK Chan, Parco LT Ho, Jacky CY Kwok, Daniel HT Tse and Henry HT Tsoi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:81

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  32. To improve quality of care for patients with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), general practitioners (GPs) and physiotherapists (PTs) in a Norwegian municipality initiated an intervention. The intervention aim...

    Authors: Nina Østerås, Irma Brandeggen Blaker, Tore Hjortland, Elizabeth Cottrell, Jonathan G. Quicke, Krysia S. Dziedzic, Steven Blackburn and Aksel Paulsen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:79

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  33. We read with interest the article by Gomes et al. entitled: “Exercise program combined with electrophysical modalities in subjects with knee osteoarthritis: A randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial”. Gomes...

    Authors: Martin Bjørn Stausholm and Jan Magnus Bjordal

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:71

    Content type: Correspondence

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    The Research article to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:258

  34. Neck pain is prevalent among office workers. This study evaluated the impact of an ergonomic and exercise training (EET) intervention and an ergonomic and health promotion (EHP) intervention on neck pain inten...

    Authors: Venerina Johnston, Xiaoqi Chen, Alyssa Welch, Gisela Sjøgaard, Tracy A. Comans, Megan McStea, Leon Straker, Markus Melloh, Michelle Pereira and Shaun O’Leary

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:68

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  35. Guided rehabilitation beyond 6-months is rare following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), despite high prevalence of unacceptable symptoms and quality of life (QoL). Our primary aim was to dete...

    Authors: Brooke E. Patterson, Christian J. Barton, Adam G. Culvenor, Randall L. Cooper and Kay M. Crossley

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:64

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  36. Authors: Cid André Fidelis de Paula Gomes, Almir Vieira Dibai-Filho, Fabiano Politti, Adriano Rodrigues de Oliveira, Cheila de Souza Bacelar Pereira, Aron Charles Barbosa da Silva and Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:59

    Content type: Correspondence

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    The Research article to this article has been published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:258

  37. Arthritis (or compression) gloves are widely prescribed to people with rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of hand arthritis. They are prescribed for daytime wear to reduce hand pain and improve hand function...

    Authors: Alison Hammond, Yeliz Prior, Sarah Cotterill, Chris Sutton, Elizabeth Camacho, Calvin Heal, Jo Adams, Yvonne Hough, Terence W. O’Neill and Jill Firth

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:47

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  38. Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a musculoskeletal condition that makes walking difficult due to pain induced by weight-bearing activities. Treadmills that support the body weight (BW) reduce the load on the lower l...

    Authors: Yoshiaki Kataoka, Tomohiro Shimizu, Ryo Takeda, Shigeru Tadano, Yuki Saito, Satoshi Osuka, Tomoya Ishida, Mina Samukawa, Tohru Irie, Daisuke Takahashi, Norimasa Iwasaki and Harukazu Tohyama

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:46

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  39. The effect of hyperalgesia on functionality remains uncertain for individuals with knee osteoarthritis (KOA). This study aimed examine the clinical measures and hyperalgesia’s effect on muscle activity, knee r...

    Authors: Jéssica Garcia Jorge, Ana Luiza Costa e Silva Cabral, Vanessa Martins Pereira Silva Moreira, Wallisen Tadashi Hattori and Valdeci Carlos Dionisio

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:45

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  40. Musculoskeletal disorders are among the major reasons for years lived with disability. Approximately one third of the European working population report lower-extremity discomfort and many attribute these disc...

    Authors: Lars-Kristian Lunde, Suzanne Merkus, Markus Koch, Stein Knardahl, Morten Wærsted and Kaj Bo Veiersted

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:43

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  41. Health-care workers have an increased risk for chronic low back pain (LBP) leading to reduced workability. Depression, a highly prevalent, costly and disabling condition, is commonly seen in patients with sub-...

    Authors: J. H. Suni, T. Virkkunen, P. Husu, K. Tokola, J. Parkkari and M. Kankaanpää

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:37

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  42. Low back pain (LBP) and knee osteoarthritis (OA) are major contributors to disability worldwide. These conditions result in a significant burden at both individual and societal levels. Engagement in regular ph...

    Authors: Carlos I. Mesa-Castrillon, Milena Simic, Manuela L. Ferreira, Kristy Hatswell, Georgina Luscombe, Antonio Michell de Gregorio, Phillip R. Davis, Adrian Bauman, Stephen Bunker, Ornella Clavisi, Grahame Knox, Kim L. Bennell and Paulo H. Ferreira

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:11

    Content type: Study protocol

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  43. Extended scope physiotherapists (ESP) are increasingly supplementing orthopaedic surgeons (OS) in diagnosing patients with musculoskeletal disorders. Studies have reported satisfactory diagnostic and treatment...

    Authors: Merete Nørgaard Madsen, Maria Lange Kirkegaard, Thomas Martin Klebe, Charlotte Lorenzen Linnebjerg, Søren Martin Riis Villumsen, Stine Junge Due, Jeanette Trøstrup, Camilla Blach Rossen, Hans Okkels Birk, Brian Elmengaard and Lone Ramer Mikkelsen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2021 22:4

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  44. Care pathways are generally paper-based and can cause communication failures between multidisciplinary teams, potentially compromising the safety of the patient. Computerized care pathways may facilitate bette...

    Authors: Jason Talevski, Viviana Guerrero-Cedeño, Oddom Demontiero, Pushpa Suriyaarachchi, Derek Boersma, Sara Vogrin, Sharon Brennan-Olsen and Gustavo Duque

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:837

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  45. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is widely used to treat tendon injuries. Its therapeutic effect varies depending on the different cell components, and white blood cells (WBCs) may play an important role in this phe...

    Authors: Ming Zhou, Ning Wang, Gang Wang, Zishan Jia and Xiaolei Qi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:831

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  46. Musculoskeletal Diseases (MSDs) are among the most prevalent health problems encountered in the workforce in Europe. Multiple risk factors contribute to their onset. In the present study, different individual ...

    Authors: Beatriz Rodriguez Diez-Caballero, Joaquín Alfonso-Beltrán, Iker J. Bautista and Carlos Barrios

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:818

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  47. Low back pain (LBP) is the first cause of years lived with disability worldwide. This is due to the development of chronic pain. Thus, it is necessary to identify the best therapeutic approaches in the acute p...

    Authors: Claudia Côté-Picard, Jean Tittley, Catherine Mailloux, Kadija Perreault, Catherine Mercier, Clermont E. Dionne, Jean-Sébastien Roy and Hugo Massé-Alarie

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:814

    Content type: Study protocol

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  48. Hamstring shortening may have negative impacts on function and biomechanics of knee and hip joints and lumbo-pelvic rhythm. Many interventions are believed to correct hamstring to its normal length. There are ...

    Authors: MohammadBagher Shamsi, Maryam Mirzaei, Soodeh Shahsavari, Ameneh Safari and Morteza Saeb

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:809

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  49. Skeletal dysplasias are rare disorders often leading to severe short stature. This study aimed to gain new comprehensive information about functioning and equality in people affected by skeletal dysplasia comp...

    Authors: Hanna Hyvönen, Heidi Anttila, Susanna Tallqvist, Minna Muñoz, Sanna Leppäjoki-Tiistola, Antti Teittinen, Outi Mäkitie and Sinikka Hiekkala

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:808

    Content type: Research article

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  50. Non-surgical multidisciplinary management is often the first pathway of care for patients with chronic low back pain (LBP). This study explores if patient characteristics recorded at the initial service examin...

    Authors: Shaun O’Leary, Maree Raymer, Peter Window, Patrick Swete Kelly, Darryl Lee, Linda Garsden, Rebecca Tweedy, Ben Phillips, Will O’Sullivan, Anneke Wake, Alison Smith, Sheryl Pahor, Luen Pearce, Rod McLean, David Thompson, Erica Williams…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020 21:807

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