Opioids are not found to be more effective for relieving pain

Opioids and non-opioids lead to very similar outcomes

Overall, results showed that patients who received opioids improved to a very similar extent compared to those who received non-opioids. In particular, the opioid group improved from a sc

April 20, 2018

Guidelines recommend education, physical therapy, and exercise

The results of this study identified a number of treatments that were recommended by all of the guidelines reviewed. For acute LBP (pain that has only lasted for up to six weeks), the following recommendations were found in all the guidelines: advice

April 19, 2018

14 Tips to keep kids away from common baseball injuries. #SeeAPT1st

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April 13, 2018

Patients receiving expensive and risky treatment for knee surgery

Results showed that in the year prior to having knee replacement surgery, most patients (66%) received at least one of the analyzed treatments for their knee osteoarthritis, which cost an average of $506 per patient. The three most commonly used treat

April 12, 2018

Physical therapy found to be more effective for carpal tunnel

After one year, results showed that patients in both groups experienced improvements from their treatments. In particular, these patients reported less intense pain and less sensitivity to pain at both six and 12 months after treatment. The manual th

April 10, 2018

Surgery and therapy lead to very similar outcomes for hip conditions

Despite its popularity, surgery does not lead to better outcomes than physical therapy

Over the course of two years, the results primarily showed that physical therapy and surgery led to very similar outcomes for patients. In particular, the

April 6, 2018

Prevention program reduces ankle sprains in the athletic population

Proprioceptive training found to be effective for reducing patients' risk for ankle sprains

The results of this review generally showed that the proprioceptive training was in fact effective for reducing the risk for ankle sprains in active i

March 30, 2018

Surgery and physical therapy lead to similar result for carpal tunnel

Results showed that after one month, patients in the manual therapy group experienced significantly greater improvements in function, the seriousness of their symptoms and pinch grip strength than those in the surgery group. After six and 12 months, t

March 29, 2018

Sleep, a healthy diet & strength training reduces risks for injury

In the other study, resistance training was found to be effective for reducing the risk for injury by up to 68%. Resistance training was also associated with improved sports performance and health measures, and helped young athletes develop better phy

March 23, 2018

Painful exercise intensity is not beneficial for tennis elbow

The results of these measurements showed when the patients performed the exercises at 20% above their pressure pain threshold, it increased the intensity of their pain immediately after the exercise. When the same exercise was performed at 20% below t

March 22, 2018

Personalized program decreases risk for another hamstring injury

Patients who follow the treatment algorithm experienced fewer injuries

Results showed that over six months, the soccer players in the RA group experienced substantially fewer hamstring strain injuries than those in the RP group, especially in

March 16, 2018

Older adults with headaches benefit from physical therapy treatment

On the whole, results showed that participants who received physical therapy improved more significantly than those who underwent usual care. In particular, the frequency of their headaches was significantly reduced after 11 weeks and remained at this

March 15, 2018

Most patients with common foot injury don't seek out physical therapy

Of the more than 800,000 patients in the database, only 7.1% were actually evaluated by a physical therapist within 30 days of their diagnosis. A total of 78% of the entire group of patients were between the ages of 30-59 years old, with women being 5

March 13, 2018

Changing how runners' feet strike the ground can reduce knee pain

Participants who changed their striking pattern experienced greater knee pain reductions

After the study was completed, participants in both groups reported less knee pain overall, but the reductions were much more significant and lasting in

March 9, 2018

Physical therapy after knee replacement leads to much improvement

Results showed that after completing outpatient physical therapy, both groups showed improved scores in their knee range of motion, walking speed and quality of life. When compared to one another, there were no significant differences in most of the o

March 3, 2018

Ankle fracture patients are more sedentary after immobilization

After the immobilization removal, activity levels were unsurprisingly very low for injured patients. These levels increased within the first month, then increased slightly at the three-month mark, and plateaued by six months. These figures were found

March 1, 2018

Strengthening in patients with shoulder condition

The findings of this RCT showed that although all participants improved, those in the experimental group experienced more significant improvements overall. This was found to be the case in all the outcomes measured, as experimental group patients repo

February 23, 2018

The Value of Physical Therapy for Back Pain

This is just one of numerous studies that highlight the wide-reaching benefits of physical therapy for lower back pain. Time and time again, the research clearly shows that seeing a physical therapist first will help patients recover quicker, with les

February 20, 2018

Traditional care for back pain may wind up costing more money & time

As we mentioned above, there is one incredibly important way to avoid the traditional course of care and all the costs that can come with it: rather than going to a doctor, see us first. Instead of sending you off to have unnecessary tests and potenti

February 19, 2018

Back Pain can be prevented with exercise and lifestyle changes

As you can see, there are a number of ways that you can take control of your situation and reduce your risk for back pain. To take it a step further, though, you may want to consider seeing a physical therapist. Physical therapists are experts at tre

February 16, 2018