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Rehabilitation, physical therapy and occupational health

Section edited by J. Bart Staal

This section concerns all aspects of physical therapies and rehabilitation for musculoskeletal disorders. This section also considers studies concerning work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupation health.

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  1. Content type: Study protocol

    Impaired cervical joint position sense and balance are associated with neck pain. Specific therapeutic exercise and manual therapy are effective for improving neck pain and functional ability but their effects...

    Authors: Munlika Sremakaew, Gwendolen Jull, Julia Treleaven, Marco Barbero, Deborah Falla and Sureeporn Uthaikhup

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:48

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  2. Content type: Debate

    Placebo and nocebo effects are embodied psycho-neurobiological responses capable of modulating pain and producing changes at different neurobiological, body at perceptual and cognitive levels. These modificati...

    Authors: Giacomo Rossettini, Elisa Carlino and Marco Testa

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:27

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Clinical examinations are subjective and often show a low validity and reliability. Objective and highly reliable quantitative assessments are available in laboratory settings using 3D motion analysis, but the...

    Authors: Wilhelmus Johannes Andreas Grooten, Lisa Sandberg, John Ressman, Nicolas Diamantoglou, Elin Johansson and Eva Rasmussen-Barr

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:6

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Joint awareness was recently introduced as a new concept for outcome assessment after total knee arthroplasty (TKA). Findings from qualitative and psychometric studies suggest that joint awareness is a distinc...

    Authors: F. L. Loth, M. C. Liebensteiner, J. M. Giesinger, K. Giesinger, H. R. Bliem and B. Holzner

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2018 19:5

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) are common and costly, and are usually managed initially by general practitioners (GPs). How GPs manage WAD is largely unstudied, though there are clinical guidelines. Our a...

    Authors: Jane Nikles, Michael Yelland, Clare Bayram, Graeme Miller and Michele Sterling

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:551

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an evidence-based work rehabilitation model with well-documented effects for people with mental illness. The model has, however, never been tested out for people with ...

    Authors: L. Rødevand, T. M. Ljosaa, L. P. Granan, T. Knutzen, H. B. Jacobsen and S. E. Reme

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:550

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Responsiveness of a clinical test is highly relevant in order to evaluate the effect of a given intervention. However, the responsiveness of clinical tests for people with neck pain has not been adequately eva...

    Authors: René Jørgensen, Inge Ris, Carsten Juhl, Deborah Falla and Birgit Juul-Kristensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:548

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Physical exercise and educational programs promote several benefits for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). However, little is known about the effects of educational programs promoting the regular practice...

    Authors: José Messias Rodrigues da Silva, Márcia Uchoa de Rezende, Tânia Carvalho Spada, Lucila da Silva Francisco, Fabiane Elize Sabine de Farias, Cleidnéia Aparecida Clemente da Silva, Claudia Helena de Azevedo Cernigoy, Júlia Maria D’Andréa Greve and Emmanuel Gomes Ciolac

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:546

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Whiplash associated disorders (WAD) are the most common non-hospitalised injury resulting from a motor vehicle crash. Approximately 50% of individuals with WAD experience on-going pain and disability. Results ...

    Authors: Carrie Ritchie, Carolyn Ehrlich and Michele Sterling

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:531

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Although upper cervical and upper thoracic spine mobilization plus therapeutic exercises are common interventions for the management of forward head posture (FHP), no study has directly compared the effectiven...

    Authors: Juchul Cho, Eunsang Lee and Seungwon Lee

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:525

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Globally, neck pain is the fourth most common condition associated with longer periods of living with disability. Annually, approximately 0.3% of the population of Western countries undergo whiplash trauma, an...

    Authors: Anneli Peolsson, Maria Landén Ludvigsson and Gunnel Peterson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:524

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Botulinum toxin A (BTX-A) has been used to reduce spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP) for decades. The purpose of this study was to analyze to what extent BTX-A treatment was used to treat spastici...

    Authors: Maria Franzén, Gunnar Hägglund and Ann Alriksson-Schmidt

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:520

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  13. Content type: Study protocol

    Severe knee osteoarthritis, as well as the surgical procedure of total knee replacement that aims to reduce its symptoms, cause great deterioration on the proprioceptive system. Taking this fact into account, ...

    Authors: José-María Blasco, Celedonia Igual-Camacho and Sergio Roig-Casasús

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:518

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Hyperkyphosis, an excessive anterior curvature in the thoracic spine, is associated with reduced health status in older adults. Hyperkyphosis is highly prevalent, more common in older women than men. There is ...

    Authors: Wendy B. Katzman, Neeta Parimi, Amy Gladin, Eduard A. Poltavskiy, Anne L. Schafer, Roger K. Long, Bo Fan, Shirley S. Wong and Nancy E. Lane

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:509

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Contractile tissue plays an important role in mobility deficits in frozen shoulder (FS). However, no study has assessed the effect of the muscle release technique on the muscle activation and kinematics in ind...

    Authors: Yi-Fen Shih, Pei-Wen Liao and Chun-Shou Lee

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:499

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Individuals with persistent musculoskeletal pain (PMP) have an increased risk of developing co-morbid health conditions and for early-mortality compared to those without pain. Despite irrefutable evidence supp...

    Authors: Joanne Marley, Mark A. Tully, Alison Porter-Armstrong, Brendan Bunting, John O’Hanlon, Lou Atkins, Sarah Howes and Suzanne M. McDonough

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:482

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Physical activity (PA) decreases during hospitalization. In particular, the amount of PA engaged in by older people who are hospitalized following musculoskeletal injury is likely to be limited for months afte...

    Authors: K. Turunen, L. Aaltonen, J. Kumpumäki, E. Portegijs, S. Keikkala, M.-L. Kinnunen, T. Finni, S. Sipilä and R. Nikander

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:477

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Physiotherapy rehabilitation following surgical reconstruction to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can take up to 12 months to complete. Given the lengthy rehabilitation process, a blended intervention can...

    Authors: Emma Dunphy, Fiona L. Hamilton, Irena Spasić and Kate Button

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:471

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Most people experience low back pain (LBP), and it is often ongoing or recurrent. Contemporary research knowledge indicates individual’s pain beliefs have a strong effect on their pain experience and managemen...

    Authors: Jenny Setchell, Nathalia Costa, Manuela Ferreira, Joanna Makovey, Mandy Nielsen and Paul W. Hodges

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:466

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