Acromioclavicular injuries are common in a variety of sports, particularly those which involve heavy contact or tackling. For example, Flik et al (2005) reported the incidence of AC injuries was the third most common in men’s ice hockey. Thus, this is a common injury. Whilst in many injury cases, such as acute presentations and the higher grade AC separations, the diagnosis can be quite obvious. However, many conditions of the shoulder present with very similar clinical presentations, and thus differential diagnosis can be challenging (Meyer et al 1990). Thus, this article examines the diagnostic accuracy for clinical examination tests for acromioclavicular joint pain.
INTRODUCTION Many of you, I’m sure, will be interested to learn to efficacy of PRP injections for treating athletes with chronic achilles tendinopathies. PRP has gained significant attention of late; in the media, medical community and with our athletes. It seems my athletes are always asking for information on the most effective form of injectional […]
Neck pain is a common clinical presentation, affecting up to two-thirds of the population at some time in their life. Therefore, as sports physiotherapists we will regularly assess and treat athletes with recent onset neck pain. As a component of rehabilitation many physiotherapists will include some form of evidence based manual therapy, commonly either mobilisation or manipulation. However, a clinical question I am often asked (by both myself and patients) is what additional benefits does manipulation provide, given the additional risks? This clinical question is answered by a recent RCT that compares the use of mobilisation and manipulation in patients with recent onset neck pain.
When I say optimal shoulder function what do you think? My guess for many of you it is likely ‘rotator cuff function’ (yeah, for some it may be scapulohumeral rhythm). However, you would undoubtedly agree that optimal function of the rotator cuff musculature is essential in the successful rehabilitation of the majority of shoulder pathologies. It is common in clinical practice to utilise shoulder adduction movements to guide clinical decision making, particular in subacromial impingement syndrome patients. However, a recent EMG study has challenged the validity of both these assessment and treatment decisions.
If you are a sports physiotherapist who works with endurance athletes, in particular runners, I am certain that you would have had the pleasure of treating lower limb overuse injuries (?sarcasm). As you would know, they can frequently be a challenging condition to rehabilitate due in no small part to the reluctance of the athlete to stop training. This makes the prevention of these injuries, and identification of ‘high-risk’ athletes essential.
How do you make a diagnosis? I assume that you perform a subjective examination and develop competing hypotheses, and then work to support or negate these via your objective examination. Can you, however, following your physical examination tell the patient the percentage chance of them having a particular diagnosis? Is that something you might be interested in? If your answer is a resounding yes, Bayes’ Theorem and a Fagan’s Nomogram can give you the ability to do so. This post will give you the easily implementable basics of using the Fagan’s Nomogram to improve your diagnostic accuracy!
How often do you treat ankles? I know that I treat them every day, and it is likely that you do to. Osteochondral lesions are very underdiagnosed causes of ankle pain and dysfunction. The astute sports physiotherapist should be aware of the hallmarks of this diagnosis. This article aims to present an overview of the evidence based assessment and management of osteochondral lesions of the ankle.
Osteitis Pubis is a condition that many consider rare, however, it is probably more common than you may think. The incidence of groin pain, in some sports, is as high as 13% (Ekstrand and Ringbord, 2001). Thus, it is highly likely that as a sports physiotherapist you will encounter may athletes with a diagnosis of osteitis pubis. Therefore, as is frequently stated on this site, you need to be aware of the current research and evidence based practice, even in a world with limited research.
We all know that hamstring injuries are an exceptionally common sporting injury. In some sports, such as Australian Football League (AFL), they have the highest incidence of any injury (Warren et al 2010). Therefore the sports physiotherapist will routinely assess and rehabilitate these injuries. During this process the athlete and coaching staff will frequently demand timeframes of return to training and play. Thus, if you are a sports physiotherapist who treats these athletes you should be acutely aware of the clinical predictors, or prognostic indicators, of return to play timeframes following hamstring injury.
The sports physiotherapist will commonly treat shoulder presentations. One of the most common presentations, particularly in an athletic population, is subacromial impingement syndrome (or external impingement). Therefore, it is essential that the sports physiotherapist be fully aware of the more common contributing factors and treatments for this condition. This article discusses the effect of posterior capsule tightness and the “Diablo Effect” on subacromial impingement syndrome.