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Physical therapy improves health and is effective for its cost

Results from this systematic review showed that physical therapy, either on its own or added to usual care, led to improved health. This was found to be the case in almost all studies included. Regarding cost-effectiveness, six out of eight studies f…

August 11, 2017Read More

Surgery is not found to be more effective for treating injuries

Results showed that after one year, no significant differences were found between patients who had surgery compared to those who had conservative treatment. This was determined based on scores for two separate measurements used for overall pain and fu…

August 2, 2017Read More

Using desks with a standing capability may increase work productivity

Results showed that workers using the stand-capable desks were more productive than those who were using the standard seated desks. On average, the stand-capable workers had 0…

July 28, 2017Read More

Physical therapists may be an alternative to seeing a doctor first

Results from this study showed that seeing a physical therapist instead of a general practitioner for a musculoskeletal condition was safe, as no patients experienced any negative e…

July 20, 2017Read More

Patients who see physical therapists spend less time and money

There are a number of reasons some physical therapists do not adhere to current guidelines when treating patients with low back pain, but one point seems clear: those that do save their patients money and time. Patients with low back pain should, ther…

July 14, 2017Read More

Patients who have PT after shoulder surgery recover quicker

Results showed that at 12 months, patients in the physical therapy group improved significantly more than those that received usual care. This was found to be the case d…

July 6, 2017Read More

Getting athletes back to sports without surgery

Overall, researchers found no significant differences between the two groups regarding return to sports. Some athletes returned to their sport faster after having surgery,…

June 29, 2017Read More

Exercise & therapy help with pain and improve hip arthritis

Results from the meta-analysis revealed that both exercise therapy and manual therapy are effective for reducing pain and improving physical function in patients with hip osteo…

June 22, 2017Read More

Seeing a PT may lead to lower costs and less medical treatment

Although the review was supposed to cover a number of different musculoskeletal disorders, all the studies that were selected focused on spinal pain. Overall, there was evidenc…

June 7, 2017Read More

Hands-on therapy combined with exercise has benefits for neck pain

After four weeks, it was found that stabilization exercises and manual therapy led to greater improvements in disability, pain intensity at night, neck range of motion and quality of…

May 25, 2017Read More

Physical therapy more effective than advice for low back pain

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common medical conditions in the general population, and it serves as a major cause for disability in people who suffer from it. LBP is also extremely expensive, and most of the costs associated with it are due t…

May 18, 2017Read More

Physical therapy before ACL surgery leads to better outcomes

Pre-operative physical therapy led to significant improvements in patients’ muscle strength and knee-related function. These findings show that having a course of physical therapy prior to surgery for an ACL injury may be of value to these patients …

May 11, 2017Read More

New CDC guidelines to help doctors prescribe opioids more safely

When making any treatment decision, your doctor should always discuss the available treatment options and carefully explain the risks and benefits associated with each one. This is necessary to make informed decisions and avoid any unnecessary treatme…

May 2, 2017Read More

Patients found to move better after performing certain exercises

Programs that took place in settings other than hospitals were found to lead to even greater effects than those performed in hospitals. This was also found to be the case with programs that included what's called progressive resistance training. This…

April 26, 2017Read More

Booklets after surgery can help educate patients & reduce their fears

It seems that while any education may be helpful for patients after surgery, the “Your Back Operation” booklet can lead to a better overall mindset that will encourage them to get active and seek out rehabilitation from a physical therapist

April 21, 2017Read More

Exercise & education reduces the risk for getting low back pain

When education is added to exercise, it appears that the combination is even more likely to reduce the risk for LBP. Unfortunately, this was not found to be the case with education alone, and it seems that it needs to be combined with exercise to have…

April 13, 2017Read More

Osteoarthritis patients experience benefits from exercise

There was evidence of high quality that showed land-based exercise therapy can reduce knee pain and improve the quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis for 2-6 months. There was also evidence of moderate quality that showed land-based exe…

April 6, 2017Read More

Patients with hip arthritis benefit from exercises on land & in water

The meta-analysis found that exercise therapy decreased pain in patients with hip osteoarthritis in the short term for up to three months. This was found to be the case for both land-based exercise and aquatic exercise performed underwater, which is m…

March 30, 2017Read More

Surgery and PT lead to very similar results for patients

Results from this RCT showed that there were no major differences between the surgery and physical therapy groups when it came to relieving their symptoms and improving their function. Patients in both groups began to improve at 10 weeks, continued to…

March 15, 2017Read More

Specific exercises better than general activity for whiplash patients

Results from this study showed that neck-specific exercises helped patients improve more than general physical activity. Both the NSE and NSEB groups experienced greater improvements than the PPA group in pain intensity and neck muscle endurance. Nec…

March 6, 2017Read More