Welcome 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.
Section Editors' highlights
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.
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.
Effect of medications on prevention of secondary osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture, non-vertebral fracture, and discontinuation due to adverse events: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Chosen by: Jeffrey Driban
I thought this was a really comprehensive meta-analysis and may be a nice overview of the available therapies.
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).