Rehabilitation and Care of Musculoskeletal Disorders

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2024

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Physiotherapy, University of West Attica, 12243 Athens, Greece
Interests: musculoskeletal physiotherapy; chronic pain; manual therapy; knee osteoarthritis; physical activity

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Laboratory of Advanced Physiotherapy (LAdPhys), Physiotherapy Department, School of Health and Care Sciences, University of West Attica (UNIWA), 122 43 Athens, Greece
Interests: evidence-based physiotherapy practice; prevention; neuromusculoskeletal pathologies; occupational health; physical activity; exercise; low back pain
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Physiotherapy Department, School of Health Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Patras, 26504 Patras, Greece
Interests: knee; ACL; biomechanics; balance; sarcopenia; sports

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

We invite you to submit a manuscript to this Special Issue, titled “Rehabilitation and Care of Musculoskeletal Disorders". 

Musculoskeletal disorders comprise diverse conditions that might result from hereditary, congenital, or acquired pathologic processes, affecting bones, joints, muscles, and connective tissues. These disorders may result in pain and loss of function and are among the most disabling and costly conditions. Chronic pain and loss of function are the primary mechanism through which musculoskeletal disorders lead to disability and work loss. The Global Burden of Disease Study, which provides a comprehensive annual assessment of health loss related to specific diseases, injuries, and risk factors, consistently ranks musculoskeletal disorders among the top causes of disability. Strong evidence suggests that exercise and psychosocial interventions are effective at relieving pain and improving function across multiple common musculoskeletal pain conditions. The intervention descriptions for work-related musculoskeletal disorders include designing interventions with the goal of ergonomics to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks. A workplace ergonomics program can aim to prevent or control injuries and illnesses by eliminating or reducing worker exposure to risk factors.

Despite major advances in the therapeutic approaches and findings of our research, there has been limited progress in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. In the literature, the heterogeneity of the study of therapeutic protocols and the lack of high-quality trials prevent validated results from being obtained and the generalizability of findings in terms of best practice for the healthcare management of these disorders. Further investigation of rehabilitation for the care of musculoskeletal disorders would benefit patients, researchers, and clinicians to be more efficient in their decision making. Studies on remote treatment, minimal oversight, smart technologies, and patient education strategies have been hot topics in this clinical field. In the context of rehabilitation, efficacy and effectiveness of a given treatment intervention can be examined in observational studies, robust randomized control trials, as well as high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

This Special Issue aims to publish original studies and reviews, including both clinical trials and observational studies, that examine treatment approaches and optimal dose–response effects. In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:·        

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of existing rehabilitation care on musculoskeletal disorder management;·        

RCTs studies investigating feasibility, efficacy, and effectiveness of therapeutic approaches;·        

Comparative studies of different therapeutic protocols to manage musculoskeletal disorders;·        

Studies investigating ergonomics, exercise, and the prevention of work-related disorders.  

We are pleased to invite you to provide clinicians and researchers with evidence-based recommendations regarding what should be used in rehabilitation, attracting novel, evidence-based, robust concepts in the care of musculoskeletal disorders.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Maria Moutzouri

Dr. George A. Koumantakis

Dr. Sofia Xergia
Guest Editors

Dr. Maria Moutzouri
Dr. George A. Koumantakis
Dr. Sofia Xergia
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2700 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • low back pain
  • arthritis
  • tendinopathies
  • chronic pain
  • rehabilitation
  • exercise
  • ergonomics
  • biomechanics
  • psychosocial
  • posture

Published Papers

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