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BACKGROUNDS Pathology of the long head biceps tendon (LHBT) is associated with rotator cuff tears but whether the LHBT texture changes following supraspinatus tendon full thickness tear (SSFT) can be detected at the extra-articular segment remains unknown. This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the morphological differences of the LHBT in shoulders(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the efficacy of autologous blood-derived products (ABPs), CSs and shock-wave (SW) therapy in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. METHODS Electronic databases were searched for studies that compared ABPs, CSs and SW therapy for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, published up to June 2014. The primary and secondary outcomes were(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in treating cartilage degenerative pathology in knee joints. DATA SOURCES Electronic databases, including PubMed and Scopus, were searched from the earliest record to September 2013. STUDY SELECTION We included single-arm prospective studies, quasi-experimental studies, and randomized(More)
BACKGROUND Various pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic approaches have been applied to reduce sublesional bone loss after spinal cord injury (SCI), and the results are inconsistent across the studies. The objective of this meta-analysis was to investigate whether the two most-studied interventions, bisphosphonate analogues and functional electrical(More)
Bicipital peritendinous effusion (BPE), a common ultrasonographic finding of the long head of the biceps tendon, may be associated with shoulder joint derangement, but supporting evidence from large-scale studies is lacking. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to determine the strength of the association between BPE and sonographic abnormalities of(More)
BACKGROUND The ageing process may lead to reductions in physical fitness, a known risk factor in the development of metabolic syndrome. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate cross-sectional and combined associations of metabolic syndrome with body composition and physical fitness in a community based geriatric population. METHODS A total of 628(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic widespread pain (CWP) is a global musculoskeletal disorder leading to disability and a reduced quality of life. Low levels of serum vitamin D has long been proposed to be associated with CWP, but previous research remains inconclusive. OBJECTIVES To determine whether hypovitaminosis D was independently associated with CWP. STUDY(More)
BACKGROUND Postoperative shoulder stiffness complicates functional recovery after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. PURPOSE To compare early passive range of motion (ROM) exercise with a delayed rehabilitation protocol with regard to the effectiveness of stiffness reduction and functional improvements and rates of improper healing in patients undergoing(More)
OBJECTIVE The purposes of this study were to determine the best cutoff value for bicipital peritendinous effusion (BPE) and to test its diagnostic performance as regards shoulders with and without rotator cuff pathology. DESIGN We reviewed the sonographic reports of 1352 patients with suspected shoulder disorders between January 2011 and June 2012. The(More)