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  1. Content type: Technical advance

    Mini-open carpal tunnel release has become increasingly popular for the treatment of carpal tunnel surgery. The main advantages are shortening recovery time and return-to-work time. However, the risk of neurov...

    Authors: Sunton Wongsiri, Porames Suwanno, Boonsin Tangtrakulwanich, Varah Yuenyongviwat and Ekkarin Wongsiri

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:126

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Vertebral fractures in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) may contribute to an accelerated decline in lung function and can be a contraindication to lung transplantation. In this study, we examined longitudina...

    Authors: Alexandra Papaioannou, Courtney C Kennedy, Andreas Freitag, John O'Neill, Margaret Pui, George Ioannidis, Colin Webber, Anjali Pathak, Suzanne Hansen, Rosamund Hennessey and Jonathan D Adachi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:125

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Hypnosis treatment in general practice is a rather new concept. This pilot study was performed to evaluate the effect of a standardized hypnosis treatment used in general practice for patients with chronic wid...

    Authors: Jan Robert Grøndahl and Elin Olaug Rosvold

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:124

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  4. Content type: Study protocol

    The patellofemoral joint (PFJ) is one compartment of the knee that is frequently affected by osteoarthritis (OA) and is a potent source of OA symptoms. However, there is a dearth of evidence for compartment-sp...

    Authors: Kay M Crossley, Bill Vicenzino, Marcus G Pandy, Anthony G Schache and Rana S Hinman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:122

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Bioabsorbable interference screw fixation has superior biomechanical properties compared to suture anchor fixation for biceps tenodesis. However, it is unknown whether fixation technique influences clinical re...

    Authors: Peter J Millett, Brett Sanders, Reuben Gobezie, Sepp Braun and Jon JP Warner

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:121

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Glucosamine (GlcN) used by patients with osteoarthritis was demonstrated to reduce pain, but the working mechanism is still not clear. Viscosupplementation with hyaluronic acid (HA) is also described to reduce...

    Authors: EJ Uitterlinden, JLM Koevoet, CF Verkoelen, SMA Bierma-Zeinstra, H Jahr, H Weinans, JAN Verhaar and GJVM van Osch

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:120

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The clinical use of minimum joint space width (mJSW) and cartilage volume and thickness has been limited to the longitudinal measurement of disease progression (i.e. change over time) rather than the diagnosis...

    Authors: Karen A Beattie, Jeffrey Duryea, Margaret Pui, John O'Neill, Pauline Boulos, Colin E Webber, Felix Eckstein and Jonathan D Adachi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:119

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Lumiracoxib is a selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor effective in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) with a superior gastrointestinal (GI) safety profile as compared to traditional non-steroidal anti-inflam...

    Authors: Kirstin Stricker, Sue Yu and Gerhard Krammer

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:118

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Self-management (SM) programs are effective for some chronic conditions, however the evidence for arthritis SM is inconclusive. The aim of this case series project was to determine whether a newly developed sp...

    Authors: Sophie Coleman, Kathryn Briffa, Heather Conroy, Richard Prince, Graeme Carroll and Jean McQuade

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:117

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Studies have suggested that the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis (OA) are rather weakly associated with radiographic findings and vice versa. Our objectives were to identify estimates of the prevalence of radio...

    Authors: John Bedson and Peter R Croft

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:116

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  11. Content type: Research article

    As the proportion of the Canadian population ≥65 grows, so too does the prevalence of musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions. Approximately 20% of visits to family physicians occur as a result of MSK complaints. The...

    Authors: Karen A Beattie, Raja Bobba, Imaan Bayoumi, David Chan, Inge Schabort, Pauline Boulos, Walter Kean, Joyce Obeid, Ruth McCallum, George Ioannidis, Alexandra Papaioannou and Alfred Cividino

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:115

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) model of the consequences of disease identifies three health outcomes, impairment, activity limitations and participation restrictio...

    Authors: Diane Dixon, Marie Johnston, Margaret McQueen and Charles Court-Brown

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:114

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  13. Content type: Research article

    All the reported measures of sitting posture, as well as photographs, have one flaw, as these measures are external to the body. These measures use calculations from external bony landmarks to estimate spinal ...

    Authors: Sjan-Mari van Niekerk, Quinette Louw, Christopher Vaughan, Karen Grimmer-Somers and Kristiaan Schreve

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:113

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Physiotherapists are known to be prone to Work- related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) but its prevalence among physiotherapists in Nigeria has not been reported. This study investigated the prevalence and ...

    Authors: Babatunde OA Adegoke, Ashiyat K Akodu and Adewale L Oyeyemi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:112

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Low-dye (LD) taping is commonly used to reduce rearfoot pronation. No studies have previously investigated the effectiveness of LD taping using both plantar pressure distribution (F-Scan) and 3-D (CODA) analys...

    Authors: Kieran O'Sullivan, Norelee Kennedy, Emer O'Neill and Una Ni Mhainin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:111

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  16. Content type: Research article

    The aetiology of osteoporotic fractures is multifactorial, but little is known about the way to evaluate patients with a recent clinical fracture for the presence of secondary osteoporosis.

    Authors: Bianca Dumitrescu, Svenjhalmar van Helden, Rene ten Broeke, Arie Nieuwenhuijzen-Kruseman, Caroline Wyers, Gabriela Udrea, Sjef van der Linden and Piet Geusens

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:109

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  17. Content type: Study protocol

    Knee Osteoarthritis (KOA) is a major cause of pain and functional impairment among elders. Currently, there are neither feasible preventive intervention strategies nor effective medical remedies for the manage...

    Authors: Chenchen Wang, Christopher H Schmid, Patricia L Hibberd, Robert Kalish, Ronenn Roubenoff, Ramel Rones, Aghogho Okparavero and Timothy McAlindon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:108

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Any cartilage damage to the glenohumeral joint should be avoided, as these damages may result in osteoarthritis of the shoulder. To understand the pathomechanism leading to shoulder cartilage damage, we conduc...

    Authors: Heidi Ruckstuhl, Eling D de Bruin, Edgar Stussi and Benedicte Vanwanseele

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:107

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Neck pain is a highly prevalent condition resulting in major disability. Standard scales for measuring disability in patients with neck pain have a pivotal role in research and clinical settings. The Neck Disa...

    Authors: Marianna N Trouli, Howard T Vernon, Kyriakos N Kakavelakis, Maria D Antonopoulou, Aristofanis N Paganas and Christos D Lionis

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:106

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Women working in the public human service sector in 'overstrained' situations run the risk of musculoskeletal symptoms and long-term sick leave. In order to maintain the level of health and work ability and st...

    Authors: Agneta Larsson, Lena Karlqvist and Gunvor Gard

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:105

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Splinting after contracture release for Dupuytren's disease of the hand is widely advocated. The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the quantity and quality of evidence regarding the effectivene...

    Authors: Debbie Larson and Christina Jerosch-Herold

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:104

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  22. Content type: Research article

    The Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (SPADI) is a self-administered questionnaire that aims to measure pain and disability associated with shoulder disease. It consists of a pain section and a disability sec...

    Authors: Einar Kristian Tveitå, Leiv Sandvik, Ole Marius Ekeberg, Niels Gunnar Juel and Erik Bautz-Holter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:103

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  23. Content type: Research article

    This population study based on a representative sample from a Swedish county investigates the prevalence, duration, and determinants of widespread pain (WSP) in the population using two constructs and estimate...

    Authors: Björn Gerdle, Jonas Björk, Lars Cöster, KG Henriksson, Chris Henriksson and Ann Bengtsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:102

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Whereas the alterations of diverse tissues in cellular and molecular levels have been investigated during leg lengthening via microscopy and biochemical studies, little is known about the response of deep fasc...

    Authors: Hai-Qiang Wang, Xin-Kui Li, Zi-Xiang Wu, Yi-Yong Wei and Zhuo-Jing Luo

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:101

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  25. Content type: Technical advance

    Many techniques have been developed for the reconstruction of the Achilles tendon in chronic tears. In presence of a large gap (greater than 6 centimetres), tendon augmentation is required.

    Authors: Nicola Maffulli, Umile Giuseppe Longo, Nikolaos Gougoulias and Vincenzo Denaro

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:100

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Long-term patients with diabetes and peripheral neuropathy show altered foot biomechanics and abnormal foot loading. This study aimed at assessing muscle performance and ankle mobility in such patients under c...

    Authors: Claudia Giacomozzi, Emanuela D'Ambrogi, Stefano Cesinaro, Velio Macellari and Luigi Uccioli

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:99

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  27. Content type: Technical advance

    Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy has shown much promise in revision total knee replacement. Methods of repair previously described include screw and wire fixation. Both methods have significant complications.

    Authors: Crawford R Deane, Nicholas A Ferran, Adel Ghandour and Rhidian L Morgan-Jones

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:98

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The causes of chronic low back pain (CLBP) remain obscure and effective treatment of symptoms remains elusive. A mechanism of relieving chronic pain based on the consequences of conflicting unpleasant sensory ...

    Authors: Karen L Barker, Christopher J Elliott, Catherine M Sackley and Jeremy CT Fairbank

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:97

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and the predictors of musculoskeletal symptoms in the upper extremities and neck at visual display terminal (VDT) workstations.

    Authors: André Klussmann, Hansjuergen Gebhardt, Falk Liebers and Monika A Rieger

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:96

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  30. Content type: Research article

    This study aims to contribute to the knowledge of the influence of comorbidity in OA. The objectives of the study were (i) to describe the prevalence of comorbidity and (ii) to describe the relationship betwee...

    Authors: Gabriella M van Dijk, Cindy Veenhof, Francois Schellevis, Harry Hulsmans, Jan PJ Bakker, Henk Arwert, Jos HM Dekker, Guus J Lankhorst and Joost Dekker

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:95

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Animal models have provided much information on molecular and cellular changes in joint disease, particularly OA. However there are limitations to in vivo work and single tissue in vitro studies can provide more ...

    Authors: Frances MD Henson and Thea A Vincent

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:94

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  32. Content type: Study protocol

    Two types of methods are used to assess learning curves: outcome assessment and process assessment. Outcome measures are usually dichotomous rare events like complication rates and survival or require an exten...

    Authors: Jakob van Oldenrijk, Matthias U Schafroth, Mohit Bhandari, Wouter C Runne and Rudolf W Poolman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:93

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  33. Content type: Study protocol

    Little is known about the course of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 1 and potential factors influencing the course of this disorder over time. The goal of this study is a) to set up a database with patients suf...

    Authors: Florian Brunner, Lucas M Bachmann, Ulrich Weber, Alfons GH Kessels, Roberto SGM Perez, Johan Marinus and Rudolf Kissling

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:92

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Persistent whiplash associated disorders (WAD) have been associated with alterations in kinesthetic sense and motor control. The evidence is however inconclusive, particularly for differences between WAD patie...

    Authors: Astrid Woodhouse and Ottar Vasseljen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:90

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Parameters of MR imaging play a pivotal role in diagnosing lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), and serve as an important tool in clinical decision-making. Despite the importance of MR imaging, little is known about ...

    Authors: Felix Zeifang, Marcus Schiltenwolf, Rainer Abel and Babak Moradi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:89

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Initial promise of a stand-alone interbody fusion cage to treat chronic back pain and restore disc height has not been realized. In some instances, a posterior spinal fixation has been used to enhance stabilit...

    Authors: Shih-Hao Chen, Ching-Lung Tai, Chien-Yu Lin, Pang-Hsing Hsieh and Weng-Pin Chen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:88

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  37. Content type: Correspondence

    Čobeljić et al. recently reported a numeric table method to provide precise rotational osteotomy which is a well established orthopaedic procedure. The numeric table requires four pages in length that is rathe...

    Authors: Chen-Kun Liaw, Rong-Sen Yang, Sheng-Mou Hou, Tai-Yin Wu and Chiou-Shann Fuh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:87

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Autologous chondrocyte implantation is an established technique for the repair of degenerated articular cartilage. Recently, the detection of side population (SP) cells, which have the ability to strongly effl...

    Authors: Takeshi Teramura, Kanji Fukuda, Shinji Kurashimo, Yoshihiko Hosoi, Yoshihisa Miki, Shigeki Asada and Chiaki Hamanishi

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:86

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Mounting evidence supports a physiological role for silicon (Si) as orthosilicic acid (OSA, Si(OH)4) in bone formation. The effect of oral choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA) on markers of bone turnover...

    Authors: Tim D Spector, Mario R Calomme, Simon H Anderson, Gail Clement, Liisa Bevan, Nathalie Demeester, Rami Swaminathan, Ravin Jugdaohsingh, Dirk A Vanden Berghe and Jonathan J Powell

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:85

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The association of lumbar spine instability between laminectomy and laminotomy has been clinically studied, but the corresponding in vitro biomechanical studies have not been reported. We investigated the hypothe...

    Authors: Ching-Lung Tai, Pang-Hsing Hsieh, Weng-Pin Chen, Lih-Huei Chen, Wen-Jer Chen and Po-Liang Lai

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:84

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  41. Content type: Research article

    A recent study of adults aged ≥50 years reporting knee pain found an excess of radiographic knee osteoarthritis (knee ROA) in symptomatic males compared to females. This was independent of age, BMI and other c...

    Authors: Rosie J Lacey, Elaine Thomas, Rachel C Duncan and George Peat

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:82

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  42. Content type: Study protocol

    There is little evidence on differences across health care systems in choice and outcome of the treatment of chronic low back pain (CLBP) with spinal surgery and conservative treatment as the main options. At ...

    Authors: Markus Melloh, Christoph Röder, Achim Elfering, Jean-Claude Theis, Urs Müller, Lukas P Staub, Emin Aghayev, Thomas Zweig, Thomas Barz, Thomas Kohlmann, Simon Wieser, Peter Jüni and Marcel Zwahlen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:81

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The cervical multifidus muscles insert onto the lower cervical facet capsular ligaments and the cervical facet joints are the source of pain in some chronic whiplash patients. Reflex activation of the multifid...

    Authors: Gunter P Siegmund, Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Mark G Carpenter, John R Brault and J Timothy Inglis

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:80

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  44. Content type: Research article

    In Sweden, as well as in Scandinavia, there is no easy way to evaluate patients' difficulties when they suffer from lateral epicondylitis/epicondylalgia. However, there is a Canadian questionnaire, in English,...

    Authors: Pia Nilsson, Amir Baigi, Bertil Marklund and Jörgen Månsson

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:79

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  45. Content type: Technical advance

    Rotator cuff tears are frequently associated with pathologies of the long head of the biceps tendon (LHBT). Tenotomy and tenodesis of the LHBT are commonly used to manage disorders of the LHBT.

    Authors: Francesco Franceschi, Umile Giuseppe Longo, Laura Ruzzini, Giacomo Rizzello, Nicola Maffulli and Vincenzo Denaro

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:78

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  46. Content type: Research article

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are recommended for multimodal postoperative pain management. We evaluated opioid-sparing effects and rehabilitative results after perioperative celecoxib adminis...

    Authors: Yu-Min Huang, Chiu-Meng Wang, Chen-Ti Wang, Wei-Peng Lin, Lih-Ching Horng and Ching-Chuan Jiang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2008 9:77

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