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’.
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.
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into the correlation between imaging results and low back pain.
This patient information leaflet covers exercises and advice for sporting back. The leaflet includes an overview of the injury, along with specific strengthening and stretching exercises and repetition guidelines (which can be changed by practitioners... Read More
This patient information leaflet covers exercises and advice for chronic low back pain. The leaflet includes an overview of the injury, along with specific strengthening and stretching exercises and repetition guidelines (which can be changed by practitioners where appropriate). Each exercise includes an image and description.
The double sided A4 (prints as a 4pp folded A5) full colour leaflet in PDF format is designed to be printed out and handed to your clients and can also be used on your website as part of a "call to action" document download (for more information read our article "Physical therapy website design: 10 homepage essentials for getting new clients"). You can purchase the leaflet individually, as part of the patient information section or as part of a full site subscription. To see a sample of the leaflet please click on the image icon in the media contents box.
Our Co-Kinetic patient advice leaflets are written and reviewed by a multi-disciplinary team of medical and fitness professionals. Every leaflet is peer-reviewed at the very minimum by a professional in each of the following disciplines: physical therapy, manual therapy and exercise/fitness. Where appropriate we may also ask a recognised national charity to review and approve the content.
Recently, many in the manual therapy community have been questioning the mechanisms of how spinal manipulation works. While some hold onto the belief that spinal manipulation has more of a biomechanical and structural influence, others believe the effects to be neurophysiological. In a 2011 study published in the journal Spine, Fritz et al. concluded that the mechanisms are likely multifactorial. These researchers reported measuring a decrease in global and terminal stiffness and improved recruitment of the lumbar multifidus following a lumbar manipulation (1). A more recent randomised controlled trial published in Physical Therapy assessed and compared the immediate effects of regional and non-regional spinal manipulation in patients with chronic low back pain (2). This study was necessary to determine if we need to segmentally target vertebrae to get the positive effects that others have found. Let’s take a closer look at what they did and what they discovered.
The effective treatment of non-specific low back pain (NLBP) is a tricky topic. Our research reviewer and latest sportEX commissioning editor, Joe Brence, shares his thoughts on a recent study that investigated the effects of functional fascial taping on NLBP.
Our regular research reviewer, physical therapist Joseph Brence, reviews research looking into (1) the effectiveness of clinical prediction rules in the decision making process for therapists treating patients with low back pain, and (2) whether fear of movement affects the daily functioning of those who suffer from claudication.
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