Musculoskeletal diseases (MSD) often indicates a significant amount of stress and strain on the load bearing joints. Some of the risk factors associated with MSD are age, gender, sedentary lifestyle (i.e., lack of physical activity), and anthropometry, such as body weight. Age is considered a major driver of MSD prevalence due to age- related degeneration of tissue surrounding the joints. Furthermore, loss of muscle strength increases the severity of surrounding soft tissue damage and provides less support for the load bearing joints, leading to more debilitating MSD
Review articles are the summary of current state of understanding on a particular research topic. They analyze or discuss research previously published by scientist and academicians rather than reporting novel research results.
Review article comes in the form of systematic reviews and literature reviews and are a form of secondary literature. Systematic reviews determine an objective list of criteria, and find all previously published original research papers that meet the criteria. They then compare the results presented in these papers. Literature reviews, by contrast, provide a summary of what the authors believe are the best and most relevant prior publications.
The concept of "review article" is separate from the concept of peer-reviewed literature. It is possible for a review to be peer-reviewed, and it is possible for a review to be non-peer-reviewed.
Last date updated on September, 2014