Booklets after surgery can help educate patients & reduce their fears
It seems that while any education may be helpful for patients after surgery, the “Your Back Operation” booklet can lead to a better overall mindset that will encourage them to get active and seek out rehabilitation from a physical therapist
Exercise & education reduces the risk for getting low back pain
When education is added to exercise, it appears that the combination is even more likely to reduce the risk for LBP. Unfortunately, this was not found to be the case with education alone, and it seems that it needs to be combined with exercise to have
Osteoarthritis patients experience benefits from exercise
There was evidence of high quality that showed land-based exercise therapy can reduce knee pain and improve the quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis for 2-6 months. There was also evidence of moderate quality that showed land-based exe
Patients with hip arthritis benefit from exercises on land & in water
The meta-analysis found that exercise therapy decreased pain in patients with hip osteoarthritis in the short term for up to three months. This was found to be the case for both land-based exercise and aquatic exercise performed underwater, which is m
Surgery and PT lead to very similar results for patients
Results from this RCT showed that there were no major differences between the surgery and physical therapy groups when it came to relieving their symptoms and improving their function. Patients in both groups began to improve at 10 weeks, continued to
Specific exercises better than general activity for whiplash patients
Results from this study showed that neck-specific exercises helped patients improve more than general physical activity. Both the NSE and NSEB groups experienced greater improvements than the PPA group in pain intensity and neck muscle endurance. Nec
Multiple types of PT helpful for women recovering from breast cancer
The results from this systematic review showed that a few different types of physical therapy treatments were effective for addressing some of the complications from breast cancer treatment. This was seen with treatment programs that consisted of stre
Hands-on PT is more effective than medications for headaches
Results from the meta-analysis supported manual therapy over pain medications. This was due to the fact that manual therapy reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of tension-type headaches more than pain medications in the short term. At a lon
Exercise program targeting hip muscles is best for painful knee
Results showed that proximal-strengthening exercises for the hip were helpful for reducing pain and improving function in both the short- and medium-term. When these hip-strengthening exercises were combined with the quadriceps-strengthening exercises
Patients who tear their Achilles tendon may be able to bear weight
After one year, the only significant difference between groups was actually in favor of the weight-bearing group, as they were found to have better health-related quality of life than the control group.
Keeping shoulder immobilized may not be necessary after surgery
Results showed that immobilization led to good outcomes for all patients, and the re-tear rate was very similar in both groups: five tears in the four-week group and four in the eight-week group. At the final follow-up, there were no differences in ra
PT program better than education for knee osteoarthritis
Patients in the comprehensive group improved significantly more than those in the education-only group regarding pain and the perceived change in their condition. Unfortunately, these improvements found immediately after the intervention did not last
Training exercises & education makes it more effective for neck pain
Not known if combining treatments leads to greater overall effects
Neck pain is a very common disorder that occurs in about 37% of the population. Some of these patients eventually go on to develop chronic neck pain, which means it’s long
Common cause of LBP can disappear spontaneously without surgery
Results showed that lumbar disc herniation can in fact regress, or disappear completely, without surgery. The probability of this spontaneous regression occurring varied widely based on the specific type of disc herniation present.
Laser therapy found to be moderately effective for reducing jaw pain
The meta-analysis showed that four of the six studies in the review reported a positive effect on pain relief after laser therapy. Overall, this was taken to mean that the laser therapy led to a moderate reduction in TMJ pain, which was considered sta
Messages for osteoarthritis patients on importance of exercise, etc.
This selection process led to a list of 21 key messages about OA that were considered essential and ranked in order of importance. Of these, most (17 statements) referred to different treatment approaches for OA, and 12 of them were related to non-dru
Exercise and PT lead to improvements for patients with neck disorder
Four weeks after each program, both groups achieved highly favorable results in pain, disability, ROM and patient-reported improvement. Unfortunately, no significant differences were found between the two groups, which suggests that the focus on incre
Physical Therapists Join Fight to Combat Rising Opioid Epidemic
Results showed that 48-63% of patients with PHP demonstrated a successful response to physical therapy. Despite the fact that most participants were obese, high BMI did not predict a poor response to treatment.
Exercise leads to many improvements for patients with shoulder pain
Results showed that both groups improved in pain and disability to a level that would be considered worthwhile by patients.
Patients with lasting LBP often have weak muscles around hip
Results showed that patients with chronic LBP displayed a few signs of hip muscle dysfunction, including gluteus medius weakness and tenderness of both gluteal muscles. Upon further analysis, it was found that the gluteus medius muscle weakness actual