Welcome everyone to the new issue of CJSM, which is our first of 2016.
We kick off the new year with an important Scientific Statement from our affiliate Society, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) concerning the use of viscosupplementation injections for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee.
The authors of the Statement performed a network meta-analysis in order to determine the extent of any benefits from using both high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid injections, versus intra-articular steroids and placebo injections.
They conclude that viscosupplementation should be recommended for patients with Kellgren-Lawrence grade II-III knee osteoarthritis aged older than 60 years, and should be suggested as a treatment option for those under the age of 60 based on weaker quality of evidence of efficacy for younger age groups.
The AMSSM Scientific Statement agrees with the conclusions of a recent Cochrane Intervention Review published in 2014 by Bellamy and co-workers, that viscosupplementation is an effective treatment for patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. For many of us who use these injections as part of our everyday clinical practice, the AMSSM Scientific Statement offers a positive endorsement of the use of these injections, where appropriate, for the many patients who we treat who enjoy the benefits of viscosupplementation.
As usual, we bring you a wealth of Original Research studies this issue, starting with two studies concerning the treatment of chronic patellar tendinopathy. The first study by Maffulli and colleagues used high-volume image-guided injections for recalcitrant patellar tendinopathy, and the other study by Resteghini and colleagues used autologous blood versus saline injections as part of an RCT. Both studies reported positive effects for each of these interventions.
Amongst our other Original Research articles, there are papers concerning the use of kinesiology tape versus non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs as adjuvant treatment to exercise for subacromial impingement, head and trunk acceleration during intermediate transport on medical utility vehicles, and wobble board rehabilitation for improving balance in ankles with chronic instability to name just a few.
We bring you one Brief Report, and two Case Reports, plus three Letters to the Editor in response to previously published manuscripts.
At the start of 2016, we are excited to announce our new Systematic Reviews competition which will run until the end of this year. Authors are invited to submit their systematic reviews on relevant sports medicine topics to CJSM. The authors of the winning systematic review will receive a cash prize of $1500, and will see their work published in the Journal. Those of you who submit high-quality reviews but who do not quite make the prize will also see their work published in the Journal, so there is a great incentive for everyone to submit your reviews. Click for full instructions.
We’ll have more on the systematic reviews competition on our website, and on our social media outlets including our blog, twitter feed, and Facebook home page.
Here’s hoping for a fantastic 2016 for all of our readers and our affiliate Society members,
With best wishes,
Christopher Hughes MBBS MSc