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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.

Consensus on pre-operative total knee replacement education and prehabilitation recommendations: a UK-based modified Delphi study

Here's a Delphi expert consensus providing recommendations on pre-operative total knee replacement education and prehabilitation.

Awareness of predatory journals and open access publishing among orthopaedic and trauma surgeons – results from an online survey in Germany

Insights from the German orthopaedic and trauma surgeon community enrichs awareness and discussion of Predatory Journals.

Extending the straight leg raise test for improved clinical evaluation of sciatica: reliability of hip internal rotation or ankle dorsiflexion

"Extending the straight leg raise test with the addition of location-specific structural differentiation is a reliable and repeatable tool in discerning neural symptoms from musculoskeletal in patients with radiating low back pain."

Direct healthcare resource utilisation, health-related quality of life, and work productivity in patients with moderate rheumatoid arthritis: an observational study

Moderate Rheumatoid Arthritis has considerable impact on healthcare resources and on patients’/caregivers’ lives. This impacts fatigue, disability, pain/discomfort comparable to the more severe end of rheumatoid spectrum.

Effectiveness of circular external fixator in periprosthetic fractures around the knee

Using circular external fixation can be a safe and reliable method for periprosthetic fractures around the knee in elderly patients. 

Functional improvement in hip pathology is related to improvement in anxiety, depression, and pain catastrophizing: an intricate link between physical and mental well-being

This study's findings demonstrate a link between functional improvement in hip pathology and decreased severity in pain, anxiety and depression.