Patellofemoral pain is widely considered to be a condition that is multifactorial in nature, and that requires a multimodal approach to its successful management. Taping is commonly used as one treatment element and there is good evidence to support its ability to modify pain and help to restore function. This article aims to provide a critical assessment of the available evidence and to help guide clinicians on the most appropriate taping intervention for individuals with PFPS. Gaps in the evidence are highlighted, but potential mechanisms are discussed to ensure clinical utility.
This article describes a case study of the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of a youth team footballer who sustained an acute patella dislocation. The study includes all the information needed to effectively rehabilitate players including... Read More
This article provides an update on the current available evidence on the assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of hamstring injuries in soccer. After a detailed insight into the epidemiology, functional anatomy, and injury mechanism for hamstring... 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 sportEX take-home messages. This is one of our most... Read More
The idea of a holistic approach to sports injury prevention and recovery is nothing new. This article provides a review of the psychology of sports injury risk, response and recovery. It is hoped this will provoke thought and raise awareness about the psychology of sports injury leading to more effective preventative strategies being adopted and more successful rehabilitation outcomes from sports injury.
Work-related injuries affect almost 500,000 individuals annually in the United States. Over half of these cases are related to sprains, strains and other musculoskeletal pathology. In addition, musculoskeletal injuries are the leading cause for work-related disability and lost productivity, and estimated direct and indirect costs range from 45 to 215 billion dollars (1). Work-related injuries can lead to the development of chronic pain as well as changes in societal status and psychological variables such as depression. Research has suggested that one out of every three individuals who suffer from chronic pain also suffer from depression. Research has also suggested that elevated levels of depression are associated with an increased risk for a poor response to physical therapy and are associated with elevated levels of pain and disability.
The profound effect that clinical interactions have on our patients is often downplayed by the modern clinician. We often attribute clinical success and outcomes to the tools we use and how they improve mobility, range of movement (ROM) or strength. But how often do we consider the effects that are elicited when we simply interact with our patients? A recent article in Physical Therapy looked at this very notion and attempted to determine if the interaction between physical therapist and patient (those with chronic low back pain) is predictive over outcomes (1).
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