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  1. Research article

    Patient’s perspective of sustained remission in rheumatoid arthritis

    During the course of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), patients have profound negative effects on their patient-reported-outcomes (PRO); in addition, the impact of sustained remission (SR) on PROs may differ for each...

    Irazú Contreras-Yáñez, Guillermo Guaracha-Basañez, Daniel Ruiz-Domínguez and Virginia Pascual-Ramos

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:379

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  2. Research article

    Application of postoperative autotransfusion in total joint arthroplasty reduces allogeneic blood requirements: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

    Total joint arthroplasty is associated with significant blood loss and often requires blood transfusion. However, allogeneic blood transfusion (ABT) may lead to severe problems, such as immunoreaction and infe...

    Weiping Ji, Xianfeng Lin, Ruoxia Zhang, Pan Tang, Jian Mo, Xinyi Teng, Qiuping Fan, Bo Wang, Shunwu Fan, Jianfeng Zhang, Shuai Chen and Kangmao Huang

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:378

    Published on: 2 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Analysis of DNA methylation in chondrocytes in rats with knee osteoarthritis

    Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a degenerative knee disease commonly found in the ageing population. DNA methylation works with histone acetylation to participate in aging. Alterations of DNA methylation may invo...

    Xinxin Wang, Dezhi Tang, Peng Shen, Hao Xu, Hongfu Qiu, Tao Wu and Xiang Gao

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:377

    Published on: 31 August 2017

  4. Research article

    Fibroma of tendon sheath around large joints: clinical characteristics and literature review

    Fibroma of tendon sheath (FTS) is a benign tumor arising from the synovium of the tendon sheath that occurs mostly around small joints such as the fingers, hands, and wrist. However, FTS rarely arises around a...

    Kayo Suzuki, Taketoshi Yasuda, Shun Suzawa, Kenta Watanabe, Masahiko Kanamori and Tomoatsu Kimura

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:376

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  5. Research article

    Combination of measures of handgrip strength and red cell distribution width can predict in-hospital complications better than the ASA grade after hip fracture surgery in the elderly

    Early detection of a high-risk patient following hip fracture surgery is of paramount clinical importance. American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) grading is an easy and efficient index in predicting a wor...

    Hyung-Min Ji, Jun Han, Hi-Won Bae and Ye-Yeon Won

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:375

    Published on: 30 August 2017

  6. Research article

    Differences in lumbar spine and lower extremity kinematics in people with and without low back pain during a step-up task: a cross-sectional study

    Low back pain (LBP) affects more than one third of the population at any given time, and chronic LBP is responsible for increased medical costs, functional limitations and decreased quality of life. A clear et...

    Katie Mitchell, Madeline Porter, Lauren Anderson, Carter Phillips, Grayson Arceo, Brian Montz, Susan Levy and Sara P. Gombatto

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:369

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  7. Research article

    Comparison of outcomes according to fixation technique following the modified Ludloff osteotomy for hallux valgus in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

    Clinical and radiological outcomes including fixation stability of osteotomy site were compared in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients who underwent modified Ludloff osteotomy to correct hallux valgus with oste...

    Young-Hoon Jo, Ki-Chul Park, Young-Sik Song and Il-Hoon Sung

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:371

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  8. Research article

    Measurements of the trapezius and erector spinae muscles using virtual touch imaging quantification ultrasound-Elastography: a cross section study

    This study uses virtual touch imaging quantification (VTIQ) technology for the first time to conduct measurements of the trapezius and erector spinae muscles in a large study population. The significance of va...

    Anne Heizelmann, Sümeyra Tasdemir, Julian Schmidberger, Tilmann Gräter, Wolfgang Kratzer and Beate Grüner

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:370

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  9. Research article

    The transverse abdominal muscle is excessively active during active straight leg raising in pregnancy-related posterior pelvic girdle pain: an observational study

    Many studies suggest that impairment of motor control is the mechanical component of the pathogenesis of painful disorders in the lumbo-sacral region; however, this theory is still unproven and the results and...

    Jan M. A. Mens and Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:372

    Published on: 25 August 2017

  10. Research article

    Comparison and analysis of reoperations in two different treatment protocols for trochanteric hip fractures – postoperative technical complications with dynamic hip screw, intramedullary nail and Medoff sliding plate

    In treatment of unstable trochanteric fractures dynamic hip screw and Medoff sliding plate devices are designed to allow secondary fracture impaction, whereas intramedullary nails aim to maintain fracture alig...

    Johnny Paulsson, Josefine Corin Stig and Ola Olsson

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:364

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  11. Research article

    “Take me seriously and do something!” - a qualitative study exploring patients’ perceptions and expectations of an upcoming orthopaedic consultation

    Patients’ perceptions of care is an important factor in evaluation of health care, in quality assessment, and in improvement efforts. Expectations of assessments or procedures such as surgery have been found t...

    Karin S Samsson, Susanne Bernhardsson and Maria EH Larsson

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:367

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  12. Research article

    Which patient-specific and surgical characteristics influence postoperative pain after THA in a fast-track setting?

    In our hospital a fast-track setting including a multimodal pain protocol is used for total hip arthroplasty (THA). Despite this multimodal pain protocol there is still a large range in reported postoperative ...

    Yvon M. den Hartog, Gerjon Hannink, Nick T. van Dasselaar, Nina M. Mathijssen and Stephan B. Vehmeijer

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:363

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  13. Research article

    Impact of midfoot and Hindfoot involvement on functional disability in Korean patients with rheumatoid arthritis

    Foot involvement in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients has been reported to severely affect functional capacity and quality of life. We aimed to determine the impact of midfoot and hindfoot involvement on func...

    Hye-Jin Jeong, Il Woong Sohn, Dam Kim, Soo-Kyung Cho, Si-Bog Park, Il-Hoon Sung and Yoon-Kyoung Sung

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:365

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  14. Research article

    Lack of association between AKAP2 and the susceptibility of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in the Chinese population

    Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is a well characterized spinal deformity that affects millions of children world-wide. The role of genetic factor in the development of AIS has been of great interest, sin...

    Leilei Xu, Chao Xia, Weiguo Zhu, Zhenhua Feng, Xiaodong Qin, Weixiang Sun, Yong Qiu and Zezhang Zhu

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:368

    Published on: 24 August 2017

  15. Research article

    Predictive ability of the start back tool: an ancillary analysis of a low back pain trial from Danish general practice

    Low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of contact with the primary healthcare sector. In some patients, symptoms quickly resolve, but others develop long-lasting pain and disability. To improve the care pathway...

    Allan Riis, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Cathrine Elgaard Jensen and Martin Bach Jensen

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:360

    Published on: 23 August 2017

  16. Research article

    Full fusion of proximal thoracic curve helps to prevent postoperative cervical tilt in Lenke type 2 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients with right-elevated shoulder

    To date, no study had reported the phenomenon of deteriorated postoperative cervical tilt in Lenke type 2 adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the cervical tilt in...

    Jun Jiang, Bang-ping Qian, Yong Qiu, Bin Wang, Yang Yu and Ze-zhang Zhu

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:362

    Published on: 23 August 2017

  17. Study protocol

    Prospective comparison of the anterior and lateral approach in hemiarthroplasty for hip fractures: a study protocol

    The Direct Anterior Approach (DAA) is an alternative approach to the currently most used Lateral Approach (LA) for hip replacement in femoral neck fracture patients. Compared to the LA, the DAA minimizes soft ...

    Max P. L. van der Sijp, Inger B. Schipper, Stefan B. Keizer, Pieta Krijnen and Arthur H.P. Niggebrugge

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:361

    Published on: 23 August 2017

  18. Research article

    Total knee Arthroplasty: risk factors for allogeneic blood transfusions in the South Asian population

    Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is the recommended treatment for end-stage knee osteoarthritis. Considering the various risks associated with intra and postoperative blood transfusions, better understanding is r...

    Syed Hamza Mufarrih, Nada Qaisar Qureshi, Arif Ali, Azeem Tariq Malik, Huda Naim and Shahryar Noordin

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:359

    Published on: 23 August 2017

  19. Research article

    Prevalence and risk factors of low bone mineral density in spondyloarthritis and prevalence of vertebral fractures

    Investigate the prevalence and risk factors of low bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with axial spondyloarthritis as well as investigating the prevalence of vertebral fractures.

    Sandrine Malochet-Guinamand, Bruno Pereira, Zuzana Tatar, Anne Tournadre, Anna Moltó, Maxime Dougados and Martin Soubrier

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:357

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  20. Research article

    Comparison of continuous infusion versus bolus injection of factor concentrates for blood management after total knee arthroplasty in patients with hemophilia

    Total knee arthroplasty (TKA) has become the treatment of choice for end-stage hemophilic arthropathy of the knee. Theoretically in hemophilia A, perioperative continuous infusion (CI) of factor VIII (FVIII) w...

    Young Shil Park, Won-Ju Shin and Kang-Il Kim

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:356

    Published on: 22 August 2017

  21. Study protocol

    The preventive effect of the bounding exercise programme on hamstring injuries in amateur soccer players: the design of a randomized controlled trial

    Hamstring injuries are the most common muscle injury in amateur and professional soccer. Most hamstring injuries occur in the late swing phase, when the hamstring undergoes a stretch-shortening cycle and the h...

    S. Van de Hoef, B. M. A. Huisstede, M. S. Brink, N. de Vries, E. A. Goedhart and F. J. G. Backx

    BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2017 18:355

    Published on: 22 August 2017

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