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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.

Early initiation of home-based sensori-motor training improves muscle strength, activation and size in patients after knee replacement: a secondary analysis of a controlled clinical trial

Chosen by: Bart Staal

This study shows that motor control exercises/sensorimotor training is superior to functional training. This treatment has become increasingly popular among physios but the evidence was scarce.

Prevalence and incidence rate of lower-extremity tendinopathies in a Danish general practice: a registry-based study

Chosen by: Anita Wluka

"Just as we suspected; lower-extremity tendinopathies are highly prevalent in general practice. Expect to see 80/year in a practice with 5000 patients. PHP was the most prevalent and accounted for 39% of all cases" as explained by first author Henrik Riel

Physiotherapist as primary assessor for patients with suspected knee osteoarthritis in primary care—a randomised controlled pragmatic study

Chosen by: Ciarán Martin Fitzpatrick

Are 12-month outcomes better for suspected knee osteoarthritis when physiotherapists are primary assessors or when physicians are primary assessors? The answer appears to be"yes."

Improvement in mental health following total hip arthroplasty: the role of pain and function

Chosen by: Umile Giuseppe Longo

Hip osteoarthritis can cause severe disability with impaired physical function and pain. A successful hip replacement can dramatically change the quality of life of patients. The authors of this manuscript showed that pain alleviation and improvement in function are associated with improved mental health and that depression or mental health distress often observed in these patients can be successfully changed by hip arthroplasty.

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

Chosen by:  Ali Mobasheri 

This article was published as part of the Thematic Series I Guest Edited on Osteoarthritis, which brought together papers covering all aspects of research on this topics. This specific article investigated the long-term safety implications for osteoarthritis of the knee.

Hyaluronan derivative HYMOVIS® increases cartilage volume and type ii collagen turnover in osteoarhritic knee: data from MOKHA study

Chosen by: Jeffrey Driban

I think it lays a foundation for a promising phase 3 clinical trial since several objective measures point to the intervention being safe. We will need to wait to see if the trial verifies that the intervention has efficacy.