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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.

Effects of Eccentric Exercise in Patients With Subacromial Impingement Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Chosen by: Bart Staal

What type of exercise should I do in patients with shoulder problem? This is one important question many physiotherapists ask. Some of them think that eccentric exercises are better, although this meta-analysis challenges this assumption.

Red flags for the early detection of spinal infection in back pain patients

Chosen by: Anita Wluka

Review reporting the characteristics of those presenting with back pain to guide earlier detection of spinal infection. 

Why does the adverse effect of inappropriate MRI for LBP vary by geographic location? An exploratory analysis

Chosen by: Daichi Hayashi

Early magnetic resonance imaging (eMRI) for non-specific low back pain (LBP) not adherent to clinical guidelines is linked with prolonged work disability. Although the prevalence of eMRI for occupational LBP varies by American, this study investigates whether this differs by patient and area-level characteristics. 

The effect of low-intensity resistance training after heat stress on muscle size and strength of triceps brachii: a randomized controlled trial

Chosen by: Umile Giuseppe Longo

Evidence is growing that cold water immersion has a detrimental effect on muscle anabolism prior to previous reports. Some suggest that heat stress may instead be beneficial to those planning to increase triceps brachii strength and thickness.

Bone mesenchymal stem cell therapy for ovariectomized osteoporotic rats: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Chosen by:  Ali Mobasheri 

I don't see a lot of systematic reviews/meta-analyses in animal models and I think it makes a lot of sense to do these. I like that the authors acknowledged several of the limitations of the existing literature (e.g., not reporting justification for sample size or blinding).