Physiotherapy effectiveness research
Progressive resistance training in patients with shoulder impingment syndrome, a randomized controlled trial
This excellent study asseses pain, function, quality of life, and muscle strength in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome who participated in muscle strengthening exercises.
This study describes the clinical changes with two protocols of physiotherapy following arthroscopic surgical subacromial decompression over 2 years.
This is an excellent randomized, double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine providing significant evidence for Physiotherapy intervention for individuals with Patello-femoral pain (PFP).
Comparison of general exercise, motor control exercise and spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain: A randomized trial
A randomized controlled trial was done to compare effects of general exercise, motor control exercise and manipulative therapy on function and perceived effect of intervention in patients with chronic back pain.
A research summary from the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia
This was a single-center, randomized, controlled trial of arthroscopic surgery in patients with moderate-to-severe osteoarthritis of the knee. Patients were randomly assigned to surgical lavage and arthroscopic débridement together with optimized physical and medical therapy or to treatment with physical and medical therapy alone.
A Randomized trial of two physiotherapy interventions for primary care back and neck pain patients: cost effectiveness analysis.
The objective was to assess the cost-effectiveness of a brief physiotherapy pain management approach using cognitive-behavioural principles (Solution-Finding Approach) when compared with a commonly used traditional method of physical therapy (McKenzie Approach).
Reference: Zigenfus GC, Yin J, Giang GM, Fogarty WT. Effectiveness of early physical therapy in the treatment of acute low back musculoskeletal disorders. J Occup Environ Med. 2000 Jan;42(1):35-9.
Credit for this review: Bahram Jam, PT (APTEI)
Here are 3 studies that support early physical therapy.
Ever wonder why professional athletes, who have a salary of a few million dollars per year, receive immediate physical therapy and rehab following let’s a say a back injury, while patients with work-related injuries are often made to wait several days or weeks before receiving physical therapy and rehab? Is a rapid return to function not as important for an [...] Read more
The effectiveness of manual physical therapy and exercise for mechanical neck pain: a randomized clinical trial.
This was a randomized clinical trial with the objective to assess the effectiveness of manual physical therapy and exercise (MTE) for mechanical neck pain with or without unilateral upper extremity (UE) symptoms, as compared to a minimal intervention (MIN) approach.