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Musculoskeletal Health

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

The Efficacy of Tai Chi and Yoga in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spondyloarthropathies: A narrative biomedical review.
Akyuz G, Kenis-Coskun O.
Rheumatol Int. 2018 Mar;38(3):321-330.
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Effects of yoga on chronic neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Klose P, Brinkhaus B, Michalsen A, Dobos G.
Clin Rehabil. 2017 Nov;31(11):1457-1465.
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The Ottawa panel clinical practice guidelines for the management of knee osteoarthritis. Part one: introduction, and mind-body exercise programs.
Brosseau L, Taki J, Desjardins B, Thevenot O, Fransen M, Wells GA, Imoto AM, Toupin-April K, Westby M, Gallardo ICÁ, Gifford W, Laferrière L, Rahman P, Loew L, Angelis G, Cavallo S, Shallwani SM, Aburub A, Bennell KL, Van der Esch M, Simic M, McConnell S, Harmer A, Kenny GP, Paterson G, Regnaux JP, Lefevre-Colau MM, McLean L.
Clin Rehabil. 2017 May;31(5):582-595. doi: 10.1177/0269215517691083.
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Yoga treatment for chronic non-specific low back pain.
Wieland LS, Skoetz N, Pilkington K, Vempati R, D'Adamo CR, Berman BM.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 12;1:CD010671.
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The Effects of Yoga on Pain, Mobility, and Quality of Life in Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review.
Kan L, Zhang J, Yang Y, Wang P.
Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:6016532.
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Effects of yoga on chronic neck pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
Kim SD.
J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Jul;28(7):2171-4.
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Mind-Body Exercises for Nurses with Chronic Low Back Pain: An Evidence-Based Review.
Budhrani-Shani P, Berry DL, Arcari P, Langevin H, Wayne PM.
Nurs Res Pract. 2016;2016:9018036. doi: 10.1155/2016/9018036.
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Yoga as a treatment for chronic low back pain: A systematic review of the literature.
Chang DG, Holt JA, Sklar M, Groessl EJ.
J Orthop Rheumatol. 2016 Jan 1;3(1):1-8.
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An evidence map of yoga for low back pain.
Goode AP, Coeytaux RR, McDuffie J, Duan-Porter W, Sharma P, Mennella H, Nagi A, Williams JW Jr.
Complement Ther Med. 2016 Apr;25:170-7.
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Effects of Yoga on Symptoms, Physical Function, and Psychosocial Outcomes in Adults with Osteoarthritis: A Focused Review.
Cheung C, Park J, Wyman JF.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Feb;95(2):139-51.
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Therapeutic Yoga: Symptom Management for Multiple Sclerosis.
Rogers KA, MacDonald M.
J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Nov;21(11):655-9.
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Yoga as a method of symptom management in multiple sclerosis.
Frank R, Larimore J.
Front Neurosci. 2015 Apr 30;9:133.
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Effectiveness of Iyengar yoga in treating spinal (back and neck) pain: A systematic review.
Crow EM, Jeannot E, Trewhela A.
Int J Yoga. 2015 Jan;8(1):3-14.
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Yoga for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Azizi H, Dobos G, Langhorst J.
PLoS One. 2014 Nov 12;9(11):e112414.
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Cognitive and brain reserve for mind-body therapeutic approaches in multiple sclerosis: a review.
Crescentini C, Urgesi C, Fabbro F, Eleopra R.
Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2014;32(5):575-95.
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Establishing key components of yoga interventions for musculoskeletal conditions: a Delphi survey.
Ward L, Stebbings S, Sherman KJ, Cherkin D, Baxter GD.
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 Jun 18;14:196.
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Yoga and Physical Rehabilitation Medicine: A Research Partnership in Integrative Care.
Middleton K, Acevedo A, Dietz L, Brandon Z, Andrade R, Wallen G.
J Yoga Phys Ther. 2013 Dec 7;3(4). pii: 149.
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Yoga as an alternative and complementary approach for arthritis: a systematic review.
Sharma M.
J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2014 Jan;19(1):51-8.
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Yoga in rheumatic diseases.
Bartlett SJ, Moonaz SH, Mill C, Bernatsky S, Bingham CO 3rd.
Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2013 Dec;15(12):387.
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ACP Journal Club. Review: Yoga reduces low back pain and back-specific disability.
Harper DM.
Ann Intern Med. 2013 Oct 15;159(8):JC13.
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Yoga, vertebral fractures, and osteoporosis: research and recommendations.
Smith EN, Boser A.
Int J Yoga Therap. 2013;23(1):17-23.
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Yoga for chronic low back pain: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
Holtzman S, Beggs RT.
Pain Res Manag. 2013 Sep-Oct;18(5):267-72.
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Is yoga an effective treatment in the management of patients with chronic low back pain compared with other care modalities - a systematic review.
Hill C.
J Complement Integr Med. 2013 May 7;10.
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Yoga for functional ability, pain and psychosocial outcomes in musculoskeletal conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Ward L, Stebbings S, Cherkin D, Baxter GD.
Musculoskeletal Care. 2013 Dec;11(4):203-17.
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A systematic review and meta-analysis of yoga for low back pain.
Cramer H, Lauche R, Haller H, Dobos G.
Clin J Pain. 2013 May;29(5):450-60.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Influence of yoga and aerobics exercise on fatigue, pain and psychosocial status in patients with multiple sclerosis: a randomized trial.
Hasanpour Dehkordi A.
J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2016 Nov;56(11):1417-1422.
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Effects of an integrated approach of hatha yoga therapy on functional disability, pain, and flexibility in osteoarthritis of the knee joint: a randomized controlled study.
Ebnezar J, Nagarathna R, Yogitha B, Nagendra HR.
J Altern Complement Med. 2012 May;18(5):463-72.
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Randomized controlled trial of yoga and exercise in multiple sclerosis.
Oken BS, Kishiyama S, Zajdel D, Bourdette D, Carlsen J, Haas M, Hugos C, Kraemer DF, Lawrence J, Mass M.
Neurology. 2004 Jun 8;62(11):2058-64.
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Yoga-based intervention for carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized trial.
Garfinkel MS, Singhal A, Katz WA, Allan DA, Reshetar R, Schumacher HR Jr.
JAMA. 1998 Nov 11;280(18):1601-3.
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