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Synopsis: 105 patients post-total knee arthroplasty were randomized to either the addition hip abductor specific strengthening exercises or general functional exercises to a standard postoperative rehabilitation protocol.Patients were assessed primary for outcome on the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score (symptoms, pain, ADL, and QoL scales) and hip abduction strength after 6 and 26 weeks.Results for the primary outcomes demonstrated no significant differences between groups for improvement in any of the outcome measures after 6 and 26 weeks. Results on secondary... Read More »
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Synopsis: 7 studies were included in this meta-analysis comparing exercise-based rehabilitation plus usual care to usual care alone for the prevention of re-injury following acute ankle sprain.EMBASE, the Cochrane Library, and MEDLINE were searched from inception to January 2017. Results revealed no... Read More »
Level 2 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 70 patients with plantar fasciopathy were randomized to receive a self-dosed or pre-determined heavy-slow resistance exercise treatment program.The primary outcome of interest was the Foot Health Status Questionnaire (FHSQ) pain score.Secondary outcomes of interest included FHSQ function, footwear, and general health scores, the Global Rating of Change, plantar fascia thickness, exercise compliance, the Pain Self-Efficacy Questionnaire, the Patient Acceptable Symptom State, and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ, short version).Follow up was performed at 4 and 12 weeks post-operation. Results revealed no... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 141 patients aged 50 or above with knee osteoarthritis were randomized to receive kinesiotaping of the knee, sham kinesiotaping of the knee, or no treatment.The primary outcomes of interest were the sub-scores (pain, stiffness, function) of the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index.Secondary outcomes of interest included the balance error scoring system (BESS), the maximum voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC), the 10 meter walk test, and range of motion in flexion and extension.Follow up was performed 3 days after the application of treatment.Results revealed significantly different WOMAC pain, stiffness, and function sub-scores amongst the three groups, in favour of the kinesiotaping group. No significant differences... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 128 patients with mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis were randomized to receive 10 session of cryotherapy over 5 weeks with either manual therapy or kinesiotherapy.The primary outcome of interest was pain on a Visual Analog Scale (VAS).Secondary outcomes of interest included the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) Osteoarthritis Index, range of motion in flexion and extension, and the 6 minute walk test.Outcomes were assessed 7 days after the completion of treatment. Results revealed all... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 28 patients with Achilles tendinopathy were randomized to undergo eccentric heel-drop exercises, following either a do-as-tolerated protocol or the standard Alfredson protocol.The purpose of this study was to compare the two treatment approaches with respect to pain, function and satisfaction after 6 weeks.Results indicated that both study protocols yielded significant improvements in clinical outcomes at both 3 and 6 weeks, except for the standard group at 3 weeks, wherein Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment-Achilles (VISA-A) scores had significantly deteriorated.There were no significant differences between groups in pain intensity or functional outcomes at 6 weeks. Patient satisfaction was... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 89 patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome were randomized to receive one of three treatments to assess the efficacy of hip adduction exercise in this population.The first group underwent a hip adduction and leg press exercise program, the second group underwent just a leg press exercise program, and the third group received no exercise training.The results from this study, taken over 8 weeks, indicated that both exercise groups demonstrated significant improvements in pain scores and quadriceps leg muscle girth. These findings also... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: One hundred and eight patients with knee pain and a degenerative horizontal tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus were randomized to be treated either with arthroscopic meniscectomy or conservative treatment (strength training).The aim of the trial was to evaluate if the surgical procedure provided superior clinical outcomes, measured by Visual Analog Scale (VAS) pain, Lysholm knee score, Tegner activity scale, patient subjective knee pain and satisfaction. After 2 years... Read More »
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Synopsis: 24 patients suffering from acute neck pain and meeting 4 out of 6 clinical prediction rule (CPR) criteria for thoracic thrust joint manipulation (TJM) treatment for neck pain where randomized into either a group receiving cervical TJM or Thoracic TJM, followed by 3 sessions of a standardized exercise program.The results indicated that cervical TJM resulted in greater reduction in self reported pain, neck disability index score (NDI), and results on the Fear-Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire-Physical Activities (FABQ-PA). These results demonstrate... Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: Six studies (3 randomized controlled trials, 1 retrospective match cohort, 1 retrospective, and 1 prospective cohort study), with data from 1122 procedures, were included in this meta-analysis and systematic review for the purpose of determining if less restricted postoperative protocol following total hip arthroplasty was associated with significantly altered hip prosthesis dislocation, patient function, pain, return to daily activities, and satisfaction.Results demonstrated that patients in the unrestricted group had similar dislocation rates and significantly improved WOMAC, VAS pain, and time required to return to daily activities when compared to standard restrictive protocol. More rigorous investigation... Read More »
Level 3 Meta Analysis