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Editors' highlights

New Content ItemWelcome to the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders' Featured Articles page. Here, our 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.

Clinical indicators to identify neuropathic pain in low back related leg pain: a modified Delphi study

Here is an Delphi study that brought experts together to reach consensus on the factors that identify neuropathic pain in low back-related leg pain. Good agreement for eight clinical indicators was found, which included pain in association with other neurological symptoms (e.g. pins and needles, numbeness, weakness).

A patients’ view of OA: the Global Osteoarthritis Patient Perception Survey (GOAPPS), a pilot study

While this is a pilot study, findings indicate that patients seek additional, non-pharmacological treatments. This study is important as it furthers the theme of patient and public involvement (PPI) at BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and we strongly welcome patient-inclusive studies.

Absence of pain in subjects with advanced radiographic knee osteoarthritis

Up to 30% of patients with 'end' stage radiographic osteoarthritis report no pain. More evidence that pain is more than biologic, and clinical management decisions should not be based solely on x-ray. 

Celebrating 20 years of open access publishing at BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders

This Editorial celebrates 20 years of open access publishing at BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. We look back at some of our proudest moments, as well as giving our readers a flavour of what's to come in the 2020s. 

Physical function and lean body mass as predictors of bone loss after hip fracture: a prospective follow-up study

Low physical function and low muscle mass may increase the risk for accelerated bone loss after hip fracture. The authors looked at tibia bone properties in a group of elderly patients up to one year post-surgery. 

Bone phenotypes in rheumatology – there is more to bone than just bone

This narrative review brings together basic, clinical, and pharmaceutical industry experts to inform our communities that bone tissue actively drives joint diseases. Altered bone formation and turnover are key in rheumatic and musculoskeletal disorders - and they can be quantified as biomarkers.