We are all experts in how our own body feels but how does this come about and what happens to this when we're in pain? As a clinician you use specific assessment techniques to understand and validate your patient's pain experience. Are these always appropriate or subtle enough?
This article introduces three bedside tests that explore bodily perception: left/right judgement tasks, two-point discrimination, and localisation of touch. These tests help to identify those patients at risk of their pain persisting and where rehabilitation may be failing. Having a better understanding of what helps construct our body perception and how this can change in pain, helps guide the rehabilitation process. This article includes a certificated elearning assessment, videos and a powerpoint presentation.
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Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews a case study concerning low back pain and cancer
In order to treat a patient effectively, the clinician must first make an accurate assessment of the patient’s condition. This article, the third in a series from our Manual Therapy Student Handbook (see the 'Contents... Read More
Catch up on this quarter's essential physical therapy research. Our Physical Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique Co-Kinetic take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into the increased healthcare usage and costs that seem to be associated with diagnostic imaging, possibly as a result of the ‘labelling effect’.
This article outlines the benefits of muscle energy technique (MET) in the clinical setting and its diverse use in a variety of clinical presentations as well as its versatility in terms of its application (isometric, isotonic, isolytic, pulsed variations, etc.). The application of MET techniques to a number of tissues and joints is described, with explanation of how the technique is carried out, clinical reasoning and a kinetic chain comment. The reader will better understand how METs can be applied in a wider setting of joint mobilisation, where joint manipulation techniques are contraindicated or not available to the practitioner, or where METs can be integrated into the manipulative therapists' repertoire. This article includes a certificated elearning assessment.
Catch up on this quarter's essential massage therapy research. Our Massage Therapy Journal Watch brings you all the most important journal discoveries with our own unique Co-Kinetic take-home messages. This is one of our most popular sections of content aimed at saving you time and money not having to trawl the research journals!
This case study describes the conservative management of a runner with iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), from diagnosis to return to running. In reading this article the audience will be shown how to practically employ the ITBS conservative management framework outlined in the accompanying narrative review in a running-specific setting. A particular emphasis will be placed on integrating specific facets of the evidence base into the assessment and treatment process, outlining which objective tests, outcome measures and interventions sit comfortably within an evidence-informed framework. The article includes a certificated elearning quiz along with several videos and podcasts.
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into the poor correlation between cervical spine imaging results and the presence of clinical symptoms.
Historically, friction at the lateral femoral condyle has been thought to be the cause of iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS). This review presents the reader with evidence that, rather than friction, compression of the lateral femoral condyle caused by altered biomechanics (as well as excessive loading) is responsible for ITBS. This review also summarises the treatment modalities for ITBS, with a significant focus on gait retraining and biomechanics. A conservative treatment paradigm is also presented to guide clinical reasoning in relation to symptom severity and irritability. The article includes a certificated elearning assessment.
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into the correlation between imaging results and low back pain.
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