Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a condition that sports physiotherapists rehabilitate on a common basis. The prevalence of the condition is higher in women, and in an athletic population. Therefore, it is essential that sports physiotherapists are aware of the most effective interventions for this condition. This article discusses new research regarding the short-term effect of hip strengthening on females with patellofemoral pain.
I think the world of developing clinical prediction rules (CPR) are exciting. Whilst this may be related to my scientific, rather than creative, way of thinking, I just feel that they will lead to improved management of the conditions that sports physiotherapists treat. Some clinicians believe that they will lead to recipe-based approaches to physiotherapy, but I just don’t think that will be the case. Clinical prediction rules are not, and would never be, a substitute for a skilled assessment, diagnostic process, and implementation of interventions. They will however lead to a higher level of clinical reasoning and ultimately improved outcomes.
Below I discuss an article regarding the preliminary determination of a CPR for identifying patients diagnosed with patellofemoral pain that are most likely to respond to orthotics. Once validated, this would be a clinically useful rule for deciding when to utilise orthotic therapy. This is particularly important given the expense associated with the purchase of orthotics and the prevalence of this condition.
Neck injuries, and the possibility of a spinal injury, in sport is a very serious issue. As sports physiotherapists we frequently assess neck injuries, and inappropriate diagnosis and subsequent management has the clear potential for catastrophic consequences. At times it can be difficult to differentiate the serious from the benign, and hence make appropriate decisions. However, it is fortunate that there is a sound evidence basis for when patients with traumatic neck injuries should be sent for further investigations.
Do you want to know when you should send an athlete for radiography. Read on.
In this evidence based practice post we review an article in which the authors aim to identify all published accounts of diagnostic accuracy for clinical tests of Superior Labral Antero-Posterior (SLAP) lesion of the shoulder, and assess the pooled positive likelihood ratio (PLR) of the identified tests.
What did they find? Read on…
In the past 10 years research and new insights into tendon pathology has seen our understanding grow. Recently most therapists have had to stop themselves from saying the old term of “tendonitis” and learn the new term “tendinopathy”. But what else is important other than the new term.
Evidence Based Practice Review: Eccentric Exercise Technique Offers Easy, Affordable Intervention for Chronic Lateral Epicondylitis.
Aims: To evaluate the impact of the addition to the “Tyler Twist” eccentric training exercise to “standard treatments” for patients with chronic lateral epicondylalgia.
Title: Functional Rehabilitation Interventions for Chronic Ankle Instability: A Systematic Review Authors: Kathryn A. Webster and Phillip A. Gribble Reference: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, 2010, 19, 98-114 Study Type: Systematic Review Aims: The authors aim to answer 2 clinical questions with the results of their review. These are: (1) Does functional rehabilitation improve dynamic postural […]