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Multiple types of PT helpful for women recovering from breast cancer

The results from this systematic review showed that a few different types of physical therapy treatments were effective for addressing some of the complications from breast cancer treatment. This was seen with treatment programs that consisted of stre

February 24, 2017
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Hands-on PT is more effective than medications for headaches

Results from the meta-analysis supported manual therapy over pain medications. This was due to the fact that manual therapy reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of tension-type headaches more than pain medications in the short term. At a lon

February 9, 2017
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Exercise program targeting hip muscles is best for painful knee

Results showed that proximal-strengthening exercises for the hip were helpful for reducing pain and improving function in both the short- and medium-term. When these hip-strengthening exercises were combined with the quadriceps-strengthening exercises

January 26, 2017
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Patients who tear their Achilles tendon may be able to bear weight

After one year, the only significant difference between groups was actually in favor of the weight-bearing group, as they were found to have better health-related quality of life than the control group.

January 13, 2017
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Keeping shoulder immobilized may not be necessary after surgery

Results showed that immobilization led to good outcomes for all patients, and the re-tear rate was very similar in both groups: five tears in the four-week group and four in the eight-week group. At the final follow-up, there were no differences in ra

December 30, 2016
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PT program better than education for knee osteoarthritis

Patients in the comprehensive group improved significantly more than those in the education-only group regarding pain and the perceived change in their condition. Unfortunately, these improvements found immediately after the intervention did not last

December 16, 2016
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Training exercises & education makes it more effective for neck pain

Not known if combining treatments leads to greater overall effects


Neck pain is a very common disorder that occurs in about 37% of the population. Some of these patients eventually go on to develop chronic neck pain, which means it’s long

December 2, 2016
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Common cause of LBP can disappear spontaneously without surgery

Results showed that lumbar disc herniation can in fact regress, or disappear completely, without surgery. The probability of this spontaneous regression occurring varied widely based on the specific type of disc herniation present.

November 25, 2016
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Laser therapy found to be moderately effective for reducing jaw pain

The meta-analysis showed that four of the six studies in the review reported a positive effect on pain relief after laser therapy. Overall, this was taken to mean that the laser therapy led to a moderate reduction in TMJ pain, which was considered sta

November 18, 2016
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Messages for osteoarthritis patients on importance of exercise, etc.

This selection process led to a list of 21 key messages about OA that were considered essential and ranked in order of importance. Of these, most (17 statements) referred to different treatment approaches for OA, and 12 of them were related to non-dru

November 3, 2016
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Exercise and PT lead to improvements for patients with neck disorder

Four weeks after each program, both groups achieved highly favorable results in pain, disability, ROM and patient-reported improvement. Unfortunately, no significant differences were found between the two groups, which suggests that the focus on incre

October 28, 2016
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Physical Therapists Join Fight to Combat Rising Opioid Epidemic

Results showed that 48-63% of patients with PHP demonstrated a successful response to physical therapy. Despite the fact that most participants were obese, high BMI did not predict a poor response to treatment.

October 20, 2016
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Exercise leads to many improvements for patients with shoulder pain

Results showed that both groups improved in pain and disability to a level that would be considered worthwhile by patients.

October 3, 2016
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Patients with lasting LBP often have weak muscles around hip

Results showed that patients with chronic LBP displayed a few signs of hip muscle dysfunction, including gluteus medius weakness and tenderness of both gluteal muscles. Upon further analysis, it was found that the gluteus medius muscle weakness actual

September 23, 2016
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Patients with painful conditions have poorer physical fitness

Results from the questionnaire showed that the patient group got about the same amount of moderate physical activity compared to controls, but significantly less vigorous physical activity.

September 16, 2016
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Rehab leads to better overall outcomes than surgery for athletes

Results showed that recovery times in the rehabilitation group were half of those in the surgical group, at a statistically significantly 12.6 weeks faster.

September 1, 2016
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Training program effective for reducing the rate of ankle sprains

Results showed that when considering all athletes of various sports, regardless of their ankle injury history status, proprioceptive training was found to have a preventative effect on ankle sprains.

August 19, 2016
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Combining 2 effective treatments is most beneficial for LBP patients

Results showed that the combination of the McKenzie method and MET was most effective overall in treating patients with chronic LBP.

August 4, 2016
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Younger patients continue to have impairments after ACL surgery

The results from this study showed that significant deficits in quadriceps strength and overall functional performance may last long after ACL reconstruction.

July 29, 2016
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Hands-on physical therapy effective for common shoulder conditions

Results showed that patients in the MWM group experienced significantly greater reductions in pain intensity while performing the shoulder movements compared to the sham group. This was accomplished in only four sessions, in which MWM was the only int

July 15, 2016
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