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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.

Osteoarthritis physical activity care pathway (OA-PCP): results of a feasibility trial

Chosen by: Bart Staal

In this study, researchers sought to obtain information on feasibility and acceptability, as well as preliminary data on efficacy, of an Osteoarthritis Physical Activity Care Pathway (OA-PCP). 

Work- and stress-related musculoskeletal and sleep disorders among health professionals: a cross-sectional study in a hospital setting in Switzerland

Chosen by: Anita Wluka

It is a large cross-sectional study and the analyses is informed by a simple and clear conceptual model. A striking finding is that sleep disorders and musculoskeletal disorders among health professionals have different risk factors and are relatively independent.

The importance of radial multiplanar reconstructions for assessment of triangular fibrocartilage complex injury in CT arthrography of the wrist

Chosen by: Daichi Hayashi

The authors describe a technique to better depict triangular fibrocartilage complex injury in CT arthrography. Use of CT arthrography has declined compared to pre-MRI days, however, CT arthrography is still an important imaging technique especially in patients in whom MRI is contraindicated or otherwise cannot be performed. The article has several high quality figures to illustrate the authors' message and is of relevant clinical interest for musculoskeletal radiologists and orthopaedic surgeons.

Risk factors and the natural history of accelerated knee osteoarthritis: a narrative review

Chosen by: Jeffrey Driban

Osteoarthritis is generally a slowly progressive disorder. However, at least 1 in 7 people with incident knee osteoarthritis develop an abrupt progression to advanced-stage radiographic disease, many within 12 months. Researchers summarized what is known — primarily based on findings from the Osteoarthritis Initiative — about the risk factors and natural history of accelerated knee osteoarthritis (AKOA) — defined as a transition from no radiographic knee osteoarthritis to advanced-stage disease equal to or less than four years — and put these findings in context with typical osteoarthritis (slowly progressing disease), aging, prior case reports/series, and relevant animal models. 

Association between hip muscle cross-sectional area and hip pain and function in individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis: a cross-sectional study

Chosen by: Umile Giuseppe Longo

In this study, researchers sought to examine the associations between hip muscle cross-sectional area and hip pain and function in community-based individuals with mild-to-moderate hip osteoarthritis.

Autologous adipose tissue injection versus platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: a randomized, controlled study – study protocol

Chosen by:  Ali Mobasheri 

The purpose of this study is to assess functional and clinical changes among patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis treated with intra-articular injections of autologous adipose tissue or platelet rich plasma (PRP) and to compare efficacy of both therapeutic methods.