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The prevalence of myofascial trigger points in neck and shoulder-related disorders: a systematic review of the literature

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, July 2018
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Title
The prevalence of myofascial trigger points in neck and shoulder-related disorders: a systematic review of the literature
Published in
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, July 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12891-018-2157-9
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Authors

Daniel Cury Ribeiro, Angus Belgrave, Ana Naden, Helen Fang, Patrick Matthews, Shayla Parshottam

Abstract

Neck and shoulder disorders may be linked to the presence of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). These disorders can significantly impact a person's activities of daily living and ability to work. MTrPs can be involved with pain sensitization, contributing to acute or chronic neck and shoulder musculoskeletal disorders. The aim of this review was to synthesise evidence on the prevalence of active and latent MTrPs in subjects with neck and shoulder disorders. We conducted an electronic search in five databases. Five independent reviewers selected observational studies assessing the prevalence of MTrPs (active or latent) in participants with neck or shoulder disorders. Two reviewers assessed risk of bias using a modified Downs and Black checklist. Subject characteristics and prevalence of active and latent MTrPs in relevant muscles was extracted from included studies. Seven articles studying different conditions met the inclusion criteria. The prevalence of MTrPs was compared and analysed. All studies had low methodologic quality due to small sample sizes, lack of control groups and blinding. Findings revealed that active and latent MTrPs were prevalent throughout all disorders, however, latent MTrPs did not consistently have a higher prevalence compared to healthy controls. We found limited evidence supporting the high prevalence of active and latent MTrPs in patients with neck or shoulder disorders. Point prevalence estimates of MTrPs were based on a small number of studies with very low sample sizes and with design limitations that increased risk of bias within included studies. Future studies, with low risk of bias and large sample sizes may impact on current evidence.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 137 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 28 20%
Student > Master 25 18%
Researcher 10 7%
Student > Postgraduate 8 6%
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 5%
Other 21 15%
Unknown 38 28%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 40 29%
Nursing and Health Professions 35 26%
Sports and Recreations 8 6%
Neuroscience 2 1%
Psychology 2 1%
Other 8 6%
Unknown 42 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 23. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 21 September 2021.
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#1,139,565
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