We highly recommend that each patient undergoes a pre-transplant functional capacity evaluation (please download assessment files from the link below) to help monitor and early detection of MSK manifestations post-HSCT. It is recommended that the subjective evaluation should include, apart from the usual physical therapy (PT) assessment, the following:
Mohammed J, Akomolafe T, Aljurf M, Savani B, Hashmi SK. ‘To treat or not to treat’: raising awareness on the effects of graft versus host disease drugs on musculoskeletal system. Bone marrow transplantation. 2018 Jan 25:1.
Mohammed J, AlGhamdi A, Hashmi SK. Full-body physical therapy evaluation for pre-and post-hematopoietic cell transplant patients and the need for a modified rehabilitation musculoskeletal specific grading system for chronic graft-versus-host disease. Bone marrow transplantation. 2018 May;53(5):62
Mohammed J, Aljurf M, Althumayri A, Almansour M, Alghamdi A, Hamidieh AA, ElHaddad A, Othman TB, Bazarbachi A, Almohareb F, Alzahrani M. Physical Therapy Pathway and Protocol for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: Recommendations from The Eastern Mediterranean Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EMBMT) Group. Hematology/oncology and stem cell therapy. 2019 Jan 11.
Mohammed J, Smith SR, Burns L, Basak G, Aljurf M, SavaniMD BN, Schoemans H, Peric Z, Chaudhri NA, Chigbo N, Alfred A. Role of physical therapy pre and post hematopoietic stem cell transplantation–White paper report. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2019 Jan 15.