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High intensity exercise for 3 months reduces disease activity in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA)

Exercise is considered important in the treatment of patients with rheumatic diseases. However, the effect of high-intensity exercises on disease activity is unknown. Based on this, research is being... Read more

Costs of physical therapy in comparison to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy

Worldwide around 2 million arthroscopic knee operations are performed. These are accompanied by $ 4 billion in direct medical costs. Although a clinically important benefit of surgery over... Read more

Metabolic syndrome and the lung

The definition of metabolic syndrome (MetS) has evolved over time; currently MetS is defined by a group of clinical features such as abdominal obesity, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia,... Read more

Exercise therapy in adults with multiple sclerosis with severe mobility disability: A systematic review and future research directions

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, neurological disorder affecting 1 in 1,000 people in the United States the most common non-traumatic cause of neurological disability in young adults (Freeman,... Read more

Early physical therapy can reduce risk, amount or long-term opioid use

According to a new study by researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine, patients who had undergone physiotherapy shortly after the diagnosis of... Read more

Subacromial decompression surgery for adults with shoulder pain: a clinical practice guideline

BMJ 2019 Do adults with traumatic shoulder pain diagnosed for more than 3 months as subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS), also referred to as rotator cuff disease, benefit from subacromial... Read more

Effect of Early Surgery vs Physical Therapy on Knee Function Among Patients With Nonobstructive Meniscal Tears

The ESCAPE Randomized Clinical Trial, JAMA. 2018, Victor A. van de Graaf et al. In this randomized clinical study encompassing 321 patients, the knee function measured with a... Read more

Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in COPD Patients and Its Consequences

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by persistent limitation of airflow that is usually progressive. In addition, exacerbations and co-existent morbidities contribute to the... Read more

Bilateral magnetic resonance imaging findings in individuals with unilateral shoulder pain

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often used to diagnose structural abnormalities in the shoulder. Later findings, however, cannot be the cause of the symptoms. The aim of this study is to... Read more

Cost‐effectiveness of combination therapy among patients with a Lumbar Herniated Disc surgery

Lumbar disc herniation, also known as sciatica, is the most common cause of lumbosacral radicular syndrome (LRS). Characteristics of LRS can be described by radiating pain in the lower limbs in a... Read more

Physical Therapists reduce referrals to orthopedists with 64%

Research shows that practice-based physical therapists significantly reduce referrals from general practitioners by assessing and treating patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSK). MSK... Read more

Health effects of direct triaging to Physical Therapists in primary care for patients with musculoskeletal disorders

Globally, the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSAs) has been increasing steadily for many years, leading to an increase in the number of people treated with disability of around 20% between... Read more

Structured clinical reasoning for exercise prescription in patients with comorbidity

In different chronic diseases, exercise therapy is an effective intervention. It can be explained by the fact that it improves physical functioning and reduces morbidity and mortality. In most... Read more

Multicenter study into the effects of long-term physiotherapy rehabilitation in COPD (GOLD (III-IV) on drug therapy and hospitalizations

A total of 21 physiotherapy practices in The Netherlands were definitively included by research group from Physical Therapy & Science Association, in the study. They provided retrospectively... Read more

Central sensitization predicts greater fatigue independently of musculoskeletal pain

Central sensitization is the enhancement of sensory input across multiple systems and is characterized by enhanced pain responses, unpleasant sensations to physical stimuli, including heat and... Read more

The effect of spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lumbar radiculopathy

This research, aimed at the effect of spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lumbar radiculopathy, aims to evaluate the effect of spinal mobilization with leg movement (SMWLM) on low... Read more

The effect of spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lumbar radiculopathy

This research, aimed at the effect of spinal mobilization with leg movement in patients with lumbar radiculopathy, aims to evaluate the effect of spinal mobilization with leg movement (SMWLM) on low... Read more

Muscle stretching changes neuromuscular function involved in ankle stability

Prior to exercise and training for various sport modalities, static stretching was usually performed for many years. Stretching is associated with injury prevention and improved performance. However,... Read more

Effectiveness of physiotherapy for lateral epicondylitis: a systematic review

Lateral epicondylitis (LE) is a common medical problem. In the general population, the annual incidence of this condition is between 1% and 3%. The average duration of a typical episode of LE is... Read more

Physical Therapy on the health insurance market in The Netherlands

Vektis makes it possible to provide clear health care insights and smart processes by deciding on the guaranteed deposit data of all health insurers in the Netherlands. In part, Vektis hereby enables... Read more

Low-grade systemic inflammation and musculoskeletal pain

Our understanding of the multiple systems and their interactions that contribute to musculoskeletal pain has evolved considerably in recent years. There is considerable interest in the role of the... Read more

RCT between subacromial decompression versus diagnostic arthroscopy for shoulder impingement

The management of shoulder pain is estimated at 4.5 million visits to doctors and a financial burden of € 2.6 billion each year in the US alone. Since 44-70% of patients with shoulder pain are... Read more

Prevalidation for upper abdominal surgery

A randomized placebo-controlled study was conducted in multidisciplinary clinics of three tertiary public hospitals in Australia and New Zealand to evaluate the efficacy of preoperative physiotherapy... Read more

Brighton musculoskeletal Patient-Reported Outcome Measure (BmPROM): An assessment of validity, reliability, and responsiveness

Musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders in England are common and are a major cause of ill health, pain and physical limitations. Almost a third of all primary care consultations concern MSK conditions... Read more

Effectiveness of physiotherapy with telerehabilitation in surgical patients

Delayed postoperative recovery is one of the most important problems after surgery. Postoperative complications contribute highly to postoperative morbidity and can lead to a longer hospital stay and... Read more

Physical Therapy Referral Rates Alongside Rising Opioid Prescription Rates in Patients With Low Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) in Americans has a lifetime incidence of 11% to 80% (Spine). This is one of the main reasons for doctor visits, use of healthcare and worldwide reported disability. Because... Read more

Clinical improvement after 6 weeks of eccentric exercise in patients with mid-portion Achilles tendinopathy – a randomized trial with 1-year follow-up

Achilles tendinopathy is common, especially in physically active people. The incidence increases with age. Proposed etiological factors are extrinsic factors such as training load and inappropriate... Read more

Corticosteroid or placebo injection in combination with deep transverse friction, manipulation of Mills, stretching and eccentric exercises for acute lateral epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis of the elbow (tennis elbow) is often seen in general practice with an incidence of 5.5 per 1000 persons. It is characterized by pain and sensitivity to the lateral humeral... Read more

Cost-effectiveness physiotherapy in musculoskeletal disorders

A new report from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) shows that investments in physiotherapy services for musculoskeletal disorders improve patient outcomes and reduce overall... Read more

Short and long-term effects of ambulatory rehabilitation in patients with COPD: a randomized study

Long-term rehabilitation programs are effective in patients with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), however the long-term effects are unknown. This study examined the short-term and... Read more

Prevalidation for upper abdominal surgery

A randomized placebo-controlled study was conducted in multidisciplinary clinics of three tertiary public hospitals in Australia and New Zealand to evaluate the efficacy of preoperative physiotherapy... Read more

Hyperinflation Impairs Cardiac Performance During Exercise in COPD

This research from Neto et al focuses on the correlation between a plateau in minute ventilation VE during cardiopulmonary exercise tests (CPETs) and its influence on heart performance. This... Read more

Surgery versus long-term conservative treatment for sciatica

N Engl J Med 2007. Wilco C. Peul, M.D. Sciatica is characterized by radiating pain in a part of the leg that is typically served by one nerve root in the lumbar or sacral spine; sometimes also... Read more

Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Physiotherapy Following Glenohumeral Joint Distension for Adhesive Capsulitis: RCT

This study investigated whether an active physiotherapy program at the time of joint swelling during adhesive capsulitis provides additional benefits compared to a placebo and active treatment group.... Read more

Pediatric rehabilitation after kidney transplantation

In the context of rehabilitation for children with pediatric kidney transplantation, A. Bjerre et al. conducted a study into the improvement of oxygen uptake (VO2 peak), mental health and quality of... Read more

Locus of control in patients with headache

Migraine and tension-type headaches are highly prevalent and have a strong impact on society. Locus of Control (LoC) is related to the impact of headaches and chronic pain. The extent patients... Read more

Case report

False negative thoracic x-ray

F&W Case Report 2013; 7: 1
Patient, a man of 58 years old, consult a physiotherapist with complaints of cramp and very severe back pain level T6-T10 and radiating...

Expert opinion

Physical Activity - worth the effort in insulin resistance?

To date, 2.1 billion people are either overweight (BMI >25 kg/m2) or obese (BMI > 30 kg/m2) [1]. Although being overweight or having...