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Table 5 Frequency of neuromuscular dysfunction terms in titles, abstracts and four databases

From: Searching biomedical databases on complementary medicine: the use of controlled vocabulary among authors, indexers and investigators

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' Terms 5       
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     
  1. [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.