Table 5

Frequency of neuromuscular dysfunction terms in titles, abstracts and four databases

Neuromusculoskeletal Dysfunction Terms Used in Search Strategies

Title n = 38

Abstracts n = 371

MEDLINE (mh) n = 292

MANTIS (de) n = 282

CINAHL (sh) n = 132

Web of Science n = 262,3,4


Apophyseal

Asymmetry

1

2

Blockage

Fixation / Tissue Fixation [mh] [de]

1

3

4

Hypomobility

Joint Instability [mh] [sh] [de]

1

Low back pain [mh] [sh] [de] / back pain [mh] [sh] [de]

5

8

6

12

4

4

Manipulable lesion

Mobility

1

6

1

2

Motion unit

Muscle tension / Muscle contraction [mh] [sh] [de]

1

2

Myofascial Pain Syndromes [mh] [sh] [de]

2

1

1

Neck pain [mh] [sh] [de]

2

2

2

4

1

Quality of Motion

Range of Motion, Articular [mh] [de]/ Range of motion [sh]

1

5

4

7

2

Stiffness

1

2

Somatic dysfunction [de]

1

3

3

1

Subluxation [sh] [de]

1

9

1

Tender point*

1

1

Tissue texture

2

Trigger points [de]

1

1

1

Zygapophyseal joint [mh] / Zygapophysial

1

1

Authors' Terms5

Dysfunction (cervical, joint, neck, spinal, etc.)

6

6

2

Motion [mh] [sh] [de]

7

3

3

Motion palpation/ Palpation, motion [de]

3

3

9

1

Motion restriction

4

Spinal (cervical) pain

2

4


[mh] = Medical Subject Headings in MEDLINE; [pt] = publication type in MEDLINE; [sh] = Subject Heading in CINAHL [de] = Descriptor in MANTIS Note: 1One study did not have an abstract online. 2Not all studies had abstracts. 3Web of Science does not have a controlled vocabulary. 4Eleven studies had no keywords generated. 5These terms were not used in the search strategies but were used by authors in titles and abstracts. * is a truncation symbol for a wild card search in PubMed and Web of Science.

Murphy et al. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003 3:3   doi:10.1186/1472-6882-3-3

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