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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

Medicare costs for physical therapy are lower

These results show that physical therapy has the lowest Medicare costs of the three treatments analyzed for LBP and that these costs are even lower if patients begin treatment within the first 15 days of being diagnosed. In some cases, this can wind u…

June 15, 2018Read More

Therapy reduces pain and stiffness in patients with knee arthritis

Results showed that manual therapy was found to significantly reduce pain, alleviate stiffness and improve the physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. These positive effects of manual therapy occurred with less than four weeks of treat…

June 7, 2018Read More

Exercise therapy leads to better flexibility for jaw condition

After completing the systematic review and meta-analysis, researchers found that exercise therapy reduced pain and improved the range of motion (flexibility) of patients with TMJs. The improvements in flexibility came primarily from programs that emph…

June 1, 2018Read More

Older PT patients treated before hip surgery show better outcomes

Results indicated that patients who underwent preoperative physical therapy experienced a number of benefits and better outcomes compared to those who did not. In particular, preoperative physical therapy patients reported significantly greater gains …

May 31, 2018Read More

PT Referral is Down While Opioid Use is Up?

Based on the surveys analyzed, approximately 170 million patients visited a doctor for complaints related to LBP. From these visits, 17.1 million patients were referred to physical therapy, which equated to a referral rate of 10.1%. From 1997 to 2010…

May 24, 2018Read More

Patients with a particular type of knee pain are more overweight

The results of this systematic review and meta-analysis showed that the BMI of adults with patellofemoral pain and knee OA was generally higher than the BMI of healthy individuals without knee pain that they were compared to. When it came to adolescen…

May 18, 2018Read More

Patients who undergo therapy before surgery spend less on care after

These findings support the use of preoperative physical therapy-or prehabilitation-in patients preparing for hip or knee replacement surgery, as it can reduce the need for patient care and its associated costs following the procedure. Individuals who …

May 17, 2018Read More

Hands- on therapy is beneficial for carpal tunnel and reduces pain

Results showed that both treatments led to improvements, as patients experienced less pain, greater function, and fewer symptoms after completing the interventions. Patients in the manual therapy group, however, reported even greater improvements than…

May 14, 2018Read More

PT after knee surgery leads to improvements in function & flexibility

Results of the systematic review and meta-analysis were generally supportive of the use of physical therapy after meniscus surgery. This was based on several studies that found a positive effect of various types of physical therapy treatments utilized…

May 10, 2018Read More

PT after shoulder surgery responsible for a faster recovery

Following a course of physical therapy should be the norm after surgery

Results showed that after 12 months, patients in the physical therapy group improved significantly more than those who received usual care. This was based on better ques…

May 4, 2018Read More

Home exercise and physical therapy beneficial for hand fractures

After 12 weeks, results showed that both groups improved in all of the measurements taken. In particular, both the physical therapy and home-exercise group experienced similar improvements in grip strength and hand function, with no major differences …

May 3, 2018Read More

Guidelines recommend treatments like exercise for meniscus tears

Based on these findings, if you have knee pain that may be related to a meniscus tear, it appears that your best option is to see a physical therapist first and follow a course of exercise therapy. These carefully designed exercises will target your p…

April 27, 2018Read More

Opioids do not provide any benefit to OTC meds for low back pain

Neither added drug brings about any greater improvements than placebo

Overall, results indicated that neither the muscle relaxant nor the opioid provided any added benefit to the NSAID for LBP patients. This was based on the fact that measur…

April 25, 2018Read More

Opioids are not found to be more effective for relieving pain

Opioids and non-opioids lead to very similar outcomes

Overall, results showed that patients who received opioids improved to a very similar extent compared to those who received non-opioids. In particular, the opioid group improved from a sc…

April 20, 2018Read More

Guidelines recommend education, physical therapy, and exercise

The results of this study identified a number of treatments that were recommended by all of the guidelines reviewed. For acute LBP (pain that has only lasted for up to six weeks), the following recommendations were found in all the guidelines: advice …

April 19, 2018Read More

Patients receiving expensive and risky treatment for knee surgery

Results showed that in the year prior to having knee replacement surgery, most patients (66%) received at least one of the analyzed treatments for their knee osteoarthritis, which cost an average of $506 per patient. The three most commonly used treat…

April 12, 2018Read More