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received structured physiotherapy and the intervention was the addition of CDM, delivered by the treating physiotherapist. The main confirmatory outcome, work ability (defined as working at least 4 consecutive weeks at follow-up), was assessed by a weekly short text message question on number of sick leave days past week. Work ability was reached by significantly more patients in the intervention group (108/127, 85%) compared with the reference group (127/171, 74%) (P = 0.02). The intervention (...) Early workplace dialogue in physiotherapy practice improved work ability at 1-year follow-up-WorkUp, a randomised controlled trial in primary care Workplace involvement in rehabilitation for patients with musculoskeletal pain may improve work ability. Convergence Dialogue Meeting (CDM) is a model aimed at helping the patient, the care giver, and the employer to support work ability and return-to-work. Our aim was to study the effect on work ability when adding a workplace dialogue according
The impact of implementing a fall prevention educational session for communityâ€dwelling physicaltherapy patients The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of a fall prevention educational session on fall risk knowledge, use of fall prevention interventions and the number of falls in community-dwelling older persons attending physical therapy.This pilot study used a mixed method design consisting of a quantitative pretest-posttest quasi-experimental design followed by a qualitative (...) and subsequent evaluation. An increase in fall risk knowledge (p = 0.031) and implementation of fall prevention techniques was noted. One fall was sustained 60 days after therapy discharge.
Ethics reporting practices in randomized controlled trials of physicaltherapy interventions after stroke Adequate reporting of ethics-related research methods promotes convergence on best ethics practices. In physicaltherapy, studies on ethics reporting are limited to few aspects, and none focuses on stroke research. Our objectives were to investigate the reporting of multiple ethics-related features and its variation over time, and the characteristics of the studies associated with ethics (...) reporting in Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) of physicaltherapy interventions after stroke.A random sample of RCTs published in the years 2004, 2009 and 2014, was extracted from the PubMed database, regardless of the publishing journal. For each trial we investigated year of publication, trial registration, sample size, stroke subtype, phase of the disease, setting, interventions and dosing, outcome measures, outcome of the study, PEDro score and 5-year impact factor of the publishing journal
The Effectiveness of Dry Needling and ExerciseTherapy in Patients with Dizziness Caused By Cervical Myofascial Pain Syndrome; Prospective Randomized Clinical Study The aim of this study is to compare the effectiveness of dry needling therapy combined with exercise and exercise treatment alone for alleviating the dizziness caused by cervical myofascial pain syndrome.This was a prospective randomized clinical study that included 61 women who had dizziness and myofascial trigger points (...) pain, algometric measurement, number of dizziness attacks per week, the severity of the dizziness, and the Dizziness Handicap Inventory were more improved in the dry needling + exercise group at the first or fourth month compared with their inital assessments (P < 0.05). There was no diffence in fall index scores between the groups (P > 0.05).Both dry needling + exercisetherapy and exercisetherapy alone were effective in treating dizziness caused by cervical myofascial pain syndrome. However, dry
Caregiver-Provided PhysicalTherapy Home Programs for Children with Motor Delay: A Scoping Review Caregiver-provided physicaltherapy home programs (PTHP) play an important role in enhancing motor outcomes in pediatric patient populations.This scoping review systematically mapped clinical trials of caregiver-provided PTHP that were aimed at enhancing motor outcomes in children who have or who are at risk for motor delay, with the purpose of (1) describing trial characteristics; (2) assessing
Minimally Displaced, Isolated Radial Head and Neck Fractures Do Not Require Formal PhysicalTherapy: Results of a Prospective Randomized Trial Nondisplaced and minimally displaced fractures of the radial head and neck are common injuries, yet the role of physicaltherapy (PT) in their treatment is unclear. The aim of this trial was to assess the need for formal PT following a simple fracture of the radial head or neck.Patients who had a nondisplaced or minimally displaced fracture of the radial (...) head or neck and presented to 1 of 2 providers were enrolled prospectively between January 2014 and August 2016. Patients were randomized to receive outpatient PT or perform self-directed home exercise. The follow-up intervals were 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and at least 1 year. The outcome measures were Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) scores; pain; time to clinical healing; and range of motion. Demographic data were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test and Fisher exact test
Formal PhysicalTherapy May Not Be Necessary After Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized Clinical Trial The purpose of this randomized clinical trial was to compare formal outpatient physicaltherapy (PT) and unsupervised home exercises after unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA).Fifty-two patients were randomized to 6 weeks of outpatient PT or an unsupervised home exercise program after UKA. The primary outcome was change in range of motion at 6 weeks with secondary outcomes (...) including total arc of motion, Knee Society Score, Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score Jr, Lower Extremity Functional Scale, and Veterans Rands-12 score.Twenty-five patients received outpatient PT, 22 patients the self-directed exercise program, while 3 patients deviated from the protocol, 1 patient withdrew, and 1 patient was lost to follow-up. There was no difference in the change of range of motion (P = .43) or total arc of motion at 6 weeks (P = .17) between the groups and likewise
Preoperative PhysicalTherapy Education Reduces Time to Meet Functional Milestones After Total Joint Arthroplasty As length of stay decreases for total joint arthroplasty, much of the patient preparation and teaching previously done in the hospital must be performed before surgery. However, the most effective form of preparation is unknown. This randomized trial evaluated the effect of a one-time, one-on-one preoperative physicaltherapy education session coupled with a web-based microsite (...) (preopPTEd) on patients' readiness to discharge from physicaltherapy (PT), length of hospital stay, and patient-reported functional outcomes after total joint arthroplasty.Was this one-on-one preoperative PT education session coupled with a web- based microsite associated with (1) earlier achievement of readiness to discharge from PT; (2) a reduced hospital length of stay; and (3) improved WOMAC scores 4 to 6 weeks after surgery?Between February and June 2015, 126 typical arthroplasty patients underwent
Combination Therapy Versus Exercise and Orthotic Support in the Management of Pain in Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial This study aimed at estimating the effectiveness of two commonly used modalities-extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and low-level laser therapy (LLLT)-each combined with usual care (exercises and orthotic supports) in comparison to only usual care to relieve pain in patients with plantar fasciitis (PF).Participants with PF were randomly allocated into 3 (...) groups: ESWT (n = 25), LLLT (n = 24), and control (n = 17). All participants received a home exercise program with orthotic support. The ESWT group received 2000 shock waves with 0.02 mJ/mm2 for 3 sessions, once a week; LLLT group received gallium-aluminum-arsenide laser with 850 nm wavelength for 10 sessions, 3 times a week. Pain was measured by Foot Function Index-pain subscale (FFI-p) and Numerical Rating Scale for pain (NRS-p). The scores were recorded at baseline, third week, and third month
Physiotherapy Questionnaires App to Deliver Main Musculoskeletal Assessment Questionnaires: Development and Validation Study Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) translate subjective outcomes into objective data that can be quantified and analyzed. Nevertheless, the use of PROs in their traditional paper format is not practical for clinical practice due to limitations associated with the analysis and management of the data. To address the need for a viable way to group and utilize the main (...) functioning assessment tools in the field of musculoskeletal disorders, the Physiotherapy Questionnaires app was developed.This study aims to explain the development of the app, to validate it using two questionnaires, and to analyze whether participants prefer to use the app or the paper version of the questionnaires.In the first stage, the app for an Android operational system was developed. In the second stage, the aim was to select questionnaires that were most often used in musculoskeletal clinical
The necessary conditions of engagement for the therapeutic relationship in physiotherapy: an interpretive description study The therapeutic relationship between patient and physiotherapist is a central component of patient-centred care and has been positively associated with better physiotherapy clinical outcomes. Despite its influence, we do not know what conditions enable a physiotherapist and patient to establish and maintain a therapeutic relationship. This knowledge has implications (...) for how clinicians approach their interactions with patients and for the development of an assessment tool that accurately reflects the nature of the therapeutic relationship. Therefore, this study's aim was to identify and provide in-depth descriptions of the necessary conditions of engagement of the therapeutic relationship between physiotherapists and patients.Interpretive description was the qualitative methodological orientation used to identify and describe the conditions that reflect
Autologous CD34+ cell therapy improves exercise capacity, angina frequency and reduces mortality in no-option refractory angina: a patient-level pooled analysis of randomized double-blinded trials Autologous CD34+ (auto-CD34+) cells represent an attractive option for the treatment of refractory angina. Three double-blinded randomized trials (n = 304) compared intramyocardial (IM) auto-CD34+ cells with IM placebo injections to affect total exercise time (TET), angina frequency (AF), and major (...) adverse cardiac events (MACE). Patient-level data were pooled from the Phase I, Phase II ACT-34, ACT-34 extension, and Phase III RENEW trials to determine the efficacy and safety of auto-CD34+ cells.Treatment effects for TET were analysed using an analysis of covariance mixed-effects model and for AF using Poisson regression in a log linear model with repeated measures. The Kaplan-Meier rate estimates for MACE were compared using the log-rank test. Autologous CD34+ cell therapy improved TET by 46.6 s
and breathing exercise training session (intervention). Education focused on PPCs and their prevention through early ambulation and self directed breathing exercises to be initiated immediately on regaining consciousness after surgery. Postoperatively, all participants received standardised early ambulation, and no additional respiratory physiotherapy was provided.The primary outcome was a PPC within 14 postoperative hospital days assessed daily using the Melbourne group score. Secondary outcomes were (...) Preoperative physiotherapy for the prevention of respiratory complications after upper abdominal surgery: pragmatic, double blinded, multicentre randomised controlled trial. To assess the efficacy of a single preoperative physiotherapy session to reduce postoperative pulmonary complications (PPCs) after upper abdominal surgery.Prospective, pragmatic, multicentre, patient and assessor blinded, parallel group, randomised placebo controlled superiority trial.Multidisciplinary preadmission clinics
Are they publishing? A descriptive cross-sectional profile and bibliometric analysis of the journal publication productivity of Italian physiotherapists In a clinical science-based profession such as physiotherapy, research is mandatory to update knowledge and to provide cost-effective, high quality treatments. This study aimed to provide point prevalence of Italian physiotherapists who are academics, holding a PhD degree, or being authors of scientific papers. The scientific journal (...) productivity of physiotherapists was also thoroughly analyzed.A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out on all Italian physiotherapists. Academics, postdoctoral research fellows, and PhD graduates were identified by searching the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), Italian Society of Physiotherapy, and university websites. Then, authors of articles indexed in Scopus were searched. The following data were extracted: type of affiliation, authorship order, H-index, number
, injections, glucocorticoid, steroid, local anaesthetic Comparison, if any PhysiotherapyPhysiotherapy, Physicaltherapy, mobilisations, exercise, rehabilitation Outcomes of interest e.g. Visual analogue scale, Range of motion, quality of life, function Pain Return to work Function Cost Pain adj4 redu* or “recovery of function” or “cost effect” Recently Reviewed and Updated CAT January 2019 Previous CAT lead: Updated CAT lead: Lucy Huckfield Kay Stevenson Date CAT to be reviewed: Jan 2021 Date CAT (...) In adults with neural leg pain (sciatica), is a cauda epidural as effective as physiotherapy in reducing pain, return to work and restoring function? Recently Reviewed and Updated CAT January 2019 Previous CAT lead: Updated CAT lead: Lucy Huckfield Kay Stevenson Date CAT to be reviewed: Jan 2021 Date CAT completed: Aug 2015 email@example.com 1 Specific Question: In adults with neural leg pain (sciatica), is a caudal epidural as effective as physiotherapy in reducing pain, return to work
OR telephones OR advice OR triage) Comparison, if any Face to face physiotherapy appointments Usual care Physicaltherapyphysiotherapy* OR physicaltherapy results Outcomes of interest Patient Patient satisfaction Getting Evidence into Clinical Practice: Musculoskeletal Research Facilitation Group (CAT Group) Date: September 2018 CAT Lead: Lucy Huckfield Date CAT completed: September 2018 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Date CAT to be reviewed: 2020 satisfaction Function Health utilisation Treatment outcomes (...) with musculoskeletal conditions affect patient satisfaction, condition specific outcomes and health utilisation? Clinical bottom line A large, high quality RCT, with a nested qualitative study shows that providing physiotherapy via PhysioDirect is equally clinically effective for patients’ physical health outcomes compared with usual waiting list-based physiotherapy care. PhysioDirect (a system of initial telephone based assessment and advice with option for further telephone and face to face sessions) results
Intervention or Exposure PhysiotherapyPhysiotherapy, strengthening, gluteal muscle stretching, gluteal muscle strengthening exercises Comparison, if any Corticosteroid injection Corticosteroid injection, steroid injection Kenalog , Depomedrone, Triamcinolone, Methylprednisilone Outcomes of interest Pain , function, mobility Types of studies SR RCT Getting Evidence into Clinical Practice: Musculoskeletal Research Facilitation Group (CAT Group) Date: February 2017 CAT Lead: Tandi Coetzee/Treena Larkin Date (...) In adults with lateral hip pain post Total Hip Replacement (THR) (anterior lateral approach), is physiotherapy more effective in reducing pain and improving function than corticosteroid injection? Getting Evidence into Clinical Practice: Musculoskeletal Research Facilitation Group (CAT Group) Date: February 2017 CAT Lead: Tandi Coetzee/Treena Larkin Date CAT completed: February 2017 Date CAT to review: February 2019 Email: Treena.Larkin@nhs.net Specific Question: In adults with lateral hip pain
characters) Moderate quality evidence suggests that patients are as or more satisfied with seeing a physiotherapist compared with seeing a doctor with their musculoskeletal problem. References Marks D Comans T Bisset L Paul Scuffham PA 2017 Substitution of doctors with physiotherapists in the management of common musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review Physiotherapy 103 341-351 Goodwin RW and Hendrick PA 2016 Physiotherapy as a first point of contact in general practice: a solution to a growing (...) What do patients think about being assessed by a physiotherapist instead of a general practitioner for their musculoskeletal problems in primary care? Getting Evidence into Clinical Practice: Musculoskeletal Research Facilitation Group (CAT Group) Date: February 2018 CAT Lead: Kay Stevenson Date CAT completed: Kay.email@example.com Date CAT to be reviewed: consider when the review should take place Specific Question: What do patients think about being assessed by a physiotherapist instead