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Is physiotherapy YOUR cure for chronic low back pain? Researchers say that depends…

Physiotherapy is the standard non-surgical treatment for chronic low back pain, but it doesn’t work for everyone.  New research identifies factors that predict how well a patient will respond to treatment. Physiotherapy is recommended for low back pain A conservative approach to treating chronic non-specific low back pain is recommended…

Weight training and shoulder pain: subacromial impingement syndrome

Shoulder pain caused by subacromial impingement can sideline a recreational weight lifter.  Research shows that weight training predisposes individuals to impingement, and that specific exercises are to blame. If you train recreationally with weights, and have seen a physiotherapist for shoulder pain, then you’ve probably suffered from shoulder impingement (technically…

Traction (“spinal decompression therapy”) doesn’t help lower back pain

The latest available clinical data does not support the use of traction (either manual traction or machine-based “non-surgical spinal decompression therapy”) for treating patients with lower back pain with or without sciatica, other than for providing temporary pain relief. Lower back pain is a major source of disability, work absenteeism…

Incorrect treatment of back pain is on the rise

New research shows that physicians are increasingly choosing the wrong treatments for back pain, while physiotherapy referrals remain stagnant. The well-established clinical practice guidelines for managing and treating back pain support the use of non-opioid pain-killers, avoidance of imaging, and the use of physiotherapy including exercise therapy.  For the latest…

Don’t believe the recent health headlines: physiotherapy DOES work for treating ‘tennis elbow’

Recent headlines in the health media this week suggest that physiotherapy provides no benefit for tennis elbow: “Tennis elbow: Cortisone shots and physical therapy provide no long-term relief, study finds”, and “Corticosteroid injection, physiotherapy do not provide significant improvement for ‘tennis elbow’”.  These articles refer to findings from a newly…

Peripheral Artery Disease: are Exercise Therapy Gains Long-lasting?

Supervised exercise therapy is a commonly prescribed treatment for peripheral artery disease, improving both quality of life and functional capacity. But after exercise therapy ends, do these gains disappear? Peripheral artery disease is a common condition that is often associated with considerable pain, reduced physical function, and diminished quality of…

Nintendo “Wii-hab”: a Physiotherapy Fad?

The September issue of the journal “Physiotherapy” includes 8 peer-reviewed research publications investigating the use of the Nintendo Wii gaming system in rehabilitation.  A quick search reveals that there are currently over 100 such published studies, on topics ranging from rehabilitation of lower body injuries, to functional retraining for neurological…