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Hands-on movement by PT have a positive effect on tennis elbow

Overall, results were supportive of the effectiveness of joint mobilizations for tennis elbow. In particular, high-quality evidence was found that showed two types of joint mobilization-mobilization with movement (MWM) and Mill's manipulation-were mor…

October 9, 2018Read More

Balance training improves sports performance & may reduce injury risk

Overall, results were supportive of balance training in both applications. For the first focus of the review on athletic performance, the sports most commonly studied were soccer, basketball, and handball. The majority of these studies found signific…

September 25, 2018Read More

Review finds that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent falls

A total of 54 RCTs with 39 different interventions focused on the risk of falls that caused injury, and the findings from these studies showed that some of the most effective interventions for reducing this risk included exercise, vision assessment, an…

September 18, 2018Read More

Two exercises programs are effective in reducing falls in older men

Results showed that both aerobic and resistance exercises on their own were more effective than no exercise for reducing risk factors for falls such as balance, posture control, mobility and leg strength; however, combining these two types of exercise …

September 13, 2018Read More

Bracing & balance training reduce the risk for ankle sprains

On the whole, results from the studies reviewed showed that balance training and bracing were both effective for reducing the risk and incidence of ankle sprains. Two of the three studies that evaluated bracing found that patients who wore these brace…

September 11, 2018Read More

Exercise program is the most effective in reducing falls

Researchers found that the first step in reducing fall risk is to identify at-risk patients. This is accomplished by having patients check in with their healthcare provider yearly to report any falls or difficulties with gait and balance and to have a…

September 4, 2018Read More

Knee arthritis patient outcomes affected by significant hip weakness

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition in which cartilage that normally protects a joint gradually wears down over the course of time, which leads to pain and other symptoms when the bones begin rubbing against one another. OA can develop in any joint, bu…

August 28, 2018Read More

Patients treated with rehabilitation are less likely to use narcotics

Of the 52,504 NTKP patients examined, only 11% received any type of rehabilitation services for their condition at any time. Of the patients who were rehabilitated with physical therapy and other treatments, 52% began treatment within 15 days of their…

August 24, 2018Read More

Improvements from PT for knee pain maintained by patients for 3 years

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)-sometimes referred to as runner's knee-is a painful condition that's particularly common in physically active individuals. Patients with PFPS typically experience a dull ache behind or around the kneecap that gets w…

August 21, 2018Read More

Course of exercise yields similar results as surgery for knee injury

Overall, exercise therapy and surgery were found to lead to similar outcomes in knee pain, function, and performance for patients with meniscal lesions. Exercise therapy, however, was more effective for improving muscle strength than surgery after a s…

August 16, 2018Read More

ACL surgery patients similar outcomes as ones treated non-operatively

Five years after treatment, patients in both groups experienced positive outcomes, and the results between the two groups were found to be very similar. In particular, scores from the quadriceps strength and single-legged hop test were high and did no…

August 14, 2018Read More

Education program explaining pain is beneficial for patient outcomes

Results from the systematic review showed that PNE did, in fact, lead to several benefits for patients with musculoskeletal pain. In particular, it reduced patients' disability and usage of healthcare and improved their pain ratings, knowledge of pain…

August 12, 2018Read More

Thigh muscle exercises are beneficial for knee condition patients

On the whole, results were supportive of quadriceps-strengthening exercises for PFPS patients, both alone and when combined with other exercises. It was found that when they were performed alone, these exercises were more effective for reducing pain a…

August 7, 2018Read More

Pitching consecutive days in youth softball leads to pain & weakness

These findings clearly show that windmill pitching on consecutive days leads to declines in shoulder and elbow strength that are not recovered the next day, as well as significant increases in pain and fatigue. These changes can lead to shoulder damag…

July 31, 2018Read More

6 weeks of PT leads to improvements for athletes dislocated shoulder

Results from the tests performed prior to the physical therapy rehabilitation program revealed that many patients had weakness in a number of their shoulder muscles as a result of pain, swelling and inflammation from the shoulder dislocation. After th…

July 26, 2018Read More

Mindset can have significant impact on patients with shoulder pain

These findings suggest that when treating shoulder pain, psychological factors must be taken into consideration and addressed in addition to physical symptoms. Physical therapists can help by identifying these negative factors in patients early on in …

July 23, 2018Read More

Many patients with no shoulder pain have MRI findings that show tear

These findings show that even in middle-aged patients that have no signs of shoulder pain, labral tears are commonly found on MRIs. The unfortunate result of this fact is that a patient with shoulder pain can be told they have a labral tear and then g…

July 18, 2018Read More

Hands-on therapy found to be effective for shoulder pain

After completing treatment, participants in both groups experienced significant improvements with an increased PPT of several muscles of the upper back; however, the manual therapy group showed greater PPT improvements in these muscles than the shoulde…

July 13, 2018Read More

Neck exercise more beneficial than physical activity for whiplash

In total, 170 patients (79%) completed the one-year follow-up and 123 (57%) completed the two-year-follow-up. At one year, both neck-specific groups displayed more clinically important improvements in pain, disability, and functioning than the PPA gro…

June 29, 2018Read More

For Long-term Neck Pain that Just Won’t Go Away, try PT

Just because neck pain is common doesn’t mean it’s something that should hold you back in your daily endeavors. Address your neck pain early by seeing a physical therapist if you notice lingering symptoms...…
June 20, 2018Read More