Osteoarthritis: To Exercise or Not to Exercise?

Research Paper Title Exercise for Lower Limb Osteoarthritis: Systematic Review incorporating Trial Sequential Analysis and Network Meta-analysis. Study Question Which types of exercise intervention are most effective in relieving pain and improving function in people with lower limb osteoarthritis? Summary Answer As of 2002 sufficient evidence had accumulated to show significant benefit of exercise over… Read More

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Is Static Posture Related To Pain? Probably Not!

Upon a patient’s initial visit to a Physical Therapist, a static postural assessment is routinely performed.   Many therapists assess for “abnormalities” such as a forward head, rounded shoulders, decreased or increased spinal kyphotic/lordotic curves, abnormal pelvic positioning, etc.  They often associate any abnormal findings to their patient’s condition and attempt to treat by altering the… Read More

Research: PhysioDirect & Patients with MSK Problems

Research Paper Title: Effectiveness of PhysioDirect Telephone Assessment and Advice Services for Patients with Musculoskeletal Problems: Pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial. Study Question: Are PhysioDirect services, based on initial telephone assessment and advice from a physiotherapist, as effective as usual care involving patients waiting for a face-to-face appointment? Summary Answer: Patients allocated to PhysioDirect received treatment… Read More