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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

    Globally, low back pain (LBP) is one of the greatest causes of disability. In people with LBP, dysfunction of muscles such as the gluteus medius have been demonstrated to increase spinal loading and reduce spi...

    Authors: Sean Sadler, Samuel Cassidy, Benjamin Peterson, Martin Spink and Vivienne Chuter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:463

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    To raise the effectiveness of interventions, clinicians should evaluate important biopsychosocial aspects of the patient’s situation. There is limited knowledge of which factors according to the International ...

    Authors: K. Vårbakken, H. Lorås, K. G. Nilsson, M. Engdal and A. K. Stensdotter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:462

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Few studies have investigated the effects of mobilization with movement (MWM) in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) compared to other procedures. Sham procedures are generally more appropriate control than...

    Authors: Hani A. Alkhawajah and Ali M. Alshami

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:452

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Cervical proprioception is critical in the maintenance of posture and movements, so its assessment in different cervical conditions has gained importance in recent clinical practice. Studies reporting this ass...

    Authors: Ravi Shankar Reddy, Jaya Shanker Tedla, Snehil Dixit and Mohammed Abohashrh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:447

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Subacromial impingement syndrome is a common problem in primary healthcare. It often include tendinopathy. While exercise therapy is effective for this condition, it is not clear which type of exercise is the ...

    Authors: Robin Larsson, Susanne Bernhardsson and Lena Nordeman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:446

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are common among soldiers and constitute the most common reason for discontinuing military service within different military populations worldwide. The aims of this study were t...

    Authors: Alexandra Halvarsson, Monika Seth, Matthias Tegern, Lisbet Broman and Helena Larsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:444

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Chronic low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Biopsychosocial rehabilitation programs have been advocated for its management, especially since the widespread acceptance of the biopsyc...

    Authors: Maha E. Ibrahim, Kerstin Weber, Delphine S. Courvoisier and Stéphane Genevay

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:439

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a highly prevalent condition. People with knee OA often have other co-morbidities such as obesity. Exercise is advocated in all clinical guidelines for the management of knee OA. It...

    Authors: Rachel K. Nelligan, Rana S. Hinman, Jessica Kasza, Sarah Schwartz, Alexander Kimp, Lou Atkins and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:428

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Resuming walking after lumbar surgery is a common focus of early post-operative rehabilitation, however there is no knowledge about whether increased walking is associated with better functional outcomes. This...

    Authors: Sarah J. Gilmore, Andrew J. Hahne, Megan Davidson and Jodie A. McClelland

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:418

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  10. Content type: Study protocol

    This paper describes (the development of) an eHealth tool (dr. Bart app) to enhance self-management and to optimize non-surgical health care utilization in patients with knee and/or hip osteoarthritis (OA) and...

    Authors: Tim Pelle, Karen Bevers, Job van der Palen, Frank H. J. van den Hoogen and Cornelia H. M. van den Ende

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:398

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Individuals afflicted with nonspecific chronic low back pain (CLBP) exhibit altered fundamental movement patterns. However, there is a lack of validated analysis tools. The present study aimed to elucidate the...

    Authors: Johanna Vogel, Jan Wilke, Frieder Krause, Lutz Vogt, Daniel Niederer and Winfried Banzer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:395

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Acute lateral ankle ligament sprains (LALS) are a common injury seen by many different clinicians. Knowledge translation advocates that clinicians use Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) to aid clinical decisi...

    Authors: Toni Green, Grant Willson, Donna Martin and Kieran Fallon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:394

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Dupuytren’s contracture (DC) is a fibrotic hand condition in which one or more fingers develop progressive flexion deformities. Quality of life is diminished due to disabling limitations in performing everyday...

    Authors: Terese Aglen, Karin Hoegh Matre, Cecilie Lind, Ruud W. Selles, Jörg Aßmus and Tina Taule

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:387

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  14. Content type: Research article

    To determine the known-group validity, a type of construct validity, and the test-retest reliability of a newly developed tool, the Personalized Exercise Questionnaire (PEQ), that assesses the barriers, facili...

    Authors: Isabel B. Rodrigues, Jonathan D. Adachi, Karen A. Beattie, Arthur Lau and Joy C. MacDermid

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:373

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  15. Content type: Study protocol

    Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a prevalent and chronic condition with no known cure. Exercise is advocated in all clinical guidelines due to its positive effects on symptoms. Despite this, exercise participation ...

    Authors: Rachel K. Nelligan, Rana S. Hinman, Jessica Kasza and Kim L. Bennell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:342

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In Swedish primary care, the healthcare process for patients with knee osteoarthritis (KOA) can be initiated by a physician or physiotherapist assessment. However, it is unclear how the different assessments a...

    Authors: Chan-Mei Ho, Carina A. Thorstensson and Lena Nordeman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:329

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Low back pain (LBP) is common among healthcare workers, whose work is physically strenuous and thus demands certain levels of physical fitness and spinal control. Exercise is the most frequently recommended tr...

    Authors: Annika Taulaniemi, Markku Kankaanpää, Kari Tokola, Jari Parkkari and Jaana H. Suni

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:328

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, principally affecting the older population. Highly prevalent, disabling diseases such as osteoarthritis strain the capacity of health systems, and can resul...

    Authors: J. Haxby Abbott, Aimee L. Ward, Chris Crane, Catherine M. Chapple, Kirsten Stout, Liam Hutton, Virginia Martin, Helen Harcombe, Daniel Cury Ribeiro and David Gwynne Jones

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:324

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Muscle strength measurements using hand-held dynamometry (HHD) can be affected by the inadequate strength of the tester and lack of stabilization of the participants and the device. A portable HHD anchoring sy...

    Authors: Kwan-Sik Sung, You Gyoung Yi and Hyung-Ik Shin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:320

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The Cobb angle is proposed as the “disease process” outcome for scoliosis research because therapies aim to correct or stop curve progression. While the Scoliosis Research Society recommends the Cobb angle as ...

    Authors: Sanja Schreiber, Eric C. Parent, Doug L. Hill, Douglas M. Hedden, Marc J. Moreau and Sarah C. Southon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:319

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. 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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  32. 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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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. 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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  36. 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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  37. 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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  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. 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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  46. 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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  47. 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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  48. 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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