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Section Editors' highlights

New Content ItemWelcome to the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders Section Editors' highlights page. Here, the Section Editors have chosen recent papers published in their section of the journal that are of particular importance or interest to highlight to a wider audience.

Correction of leg-length discrepancy among meat cutters with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial

Chosen by: Bart Staal

Correcting of leg-length discrepancies has rarely been studied in lower back pain, in particular in an occupational healthcare setting. This is just a simple and overlooked measure for preventing and treating lower back pain that this study addresses.

MRI T2 and T1ρ relaxation in patients at risk for knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Chosen by: Daichi Hayashi

This article is important from a musculoskeletal radiological research point of view. Compositional MRI is becoming more and more common for evaluation of cartilage and other articular tissues in knee osteoarthritis. Therefore, a systematic review and meta-analysis on this topic is worth highlighting.

MRI-detected injuries in athletes at the Rio Summer Olympics 2016

Chosen by: Anita Wluka

Shoulder injuries constitute a small subset of all injuries at the Olympic Games, but can result in significant pain symptoms and an inability to compete. Guermazi and colleagues retrospectively analysed MRI scan from Olympic athletes and their findings revealed that there was a high prevalence of both acute and chronic shoulder injuries, likely due to to fatigue and overuse of the dynamic stabilizers.

Strategies for optimising musculoskeletal health in the 21st century

Chosen by: Ciarán Martin Fitzpatrick

In a world with an ever-increasing ageing population, research into optimization of musculoskeletal health is essential. This narrative review reaffirms the importance of good diet, lifestyle, health, and physical activity in preventing musculoskeletal problems later in life 

Developing strategic priorities in osteoarthritis research: Proceedings and recommendations arising from the 2017 Australian Osteoarthritis Summit

Chosen by: Jeffrey Driban

While the focus is on Australia in this correspondence piece from the Australian Osteoarthritis Summit, I believe its conclusions are applicable to the rest of the osteoarthritis community. 

Multiple mesenchymal progenitor cell subtypes with distinct functional potential are present within the intimal layer of the hip synovium

Chosen by:  Ali Mobasheri 

This article published as part of the Thematic Series I Guest Edited on Osteoarthritis. The authors found multiple mesenchymal progenitor cell subtypes with different functional properties. These findings may have significance for cell-isolated or -enriched treatments targeting diseases such as osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis- a systematic review of long-term safety implications for osteoarthritis of the knee

Chosen by: Jeffrey Driban

Another pic from our recent Thematic Series on Osterarthritis. Given that there is no cure for knee osteoarthritis, this much-needed systematic review appraised the current evidence for the long-term safety of common treatments for the disorder. While exercise and lifestyle intervention should be advocated in patients, intraarticular hyaluronic acid and platelet-rich plasma injections may improve symptomology. 

Long-term evaluation of outcomes and survivorship in a TKA cohort

Chosen by: Giuseppe Longo

In this paper, the authors presents the results of a prospective non-comparative study evaluating the long-term performance of a rotating platform TKA using predominantly cementless fixation and without patellar resurfacing. They found that this technique had an excellent survivorship at a minimum 10-year follow-up with the expectation that longer-term follow-up may be superior to cemented TKA.