Case reports

Case Reports

Case reports will be presented on the Musculoskeletal Science and Practice blog. They will be peer reviewed before they are accepted for the blog but unfortunately will not be citable as a publication or index linked.

The purpose of the Case Report is to describe in reasonable detail the application of musculoskeletal therapy to a clinical case. Cases of particular interest are those of an unusual presentation, rare conditions or unexpected responses to treatment. The following points will assist authors in submitting material for consideration by the Editorial Board.

The Case Report will normally be between 1500 – 2500 words in length excluding references and illustrations. Different types of case report will be considered but most will follow the format below. Most case reports will be broken down into separate sections which will be presented on the blog over a 4 week period.

Section 1:

  • The introductory paragraph should provide the reader with an overview of the case report in general.
  • The symptoms and their behaviour should be detailed along with a body chart illustrating the symptoms.
  • The history (present and past) should be reported.
  • A holistic perspective on the patients presentation should also be presented in this section (for example related to their lifeworld, lifestyle, expectations, and beliefs).

Section 2:

  • The rationale for the physical examination should be presented with an explanation of how it has been informed by the details of the subjective examination

Section 3:

  • The physical examination findings should be detailed in a concise manner. Consideration of a clinical diagnosis (this does not have to be a pathoanatomical, diagnosis but might for example be of movement dysfunction or pain mechanism). The evidence to support this should be included.

Section 4:

  • The choice of treatment should be justified and consideration of how it relates the assessment findings should be made explicit.
  • Treatment of the condition should be reported along with results. It is essential to clearly state what was done to achieve the reported results.
  • The management of the condition should then be discussed with references to the literature to support what was done. Authors should remember it is a reasoned blog rather than a purely factual report.
  • The Case Report should conclude with a brief summary.