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TheraBand home exercises as effective as formal therapy for rotator cuff tears

Rotator cuff tears are a frequent cause of shoulder pain. While minor tears generally heal with rehabilitation, full-thickness tears often require surgical repair. Many patients with rotator cuff tears, however, can be successfully treated with physical or occupational therapy instead of surgery. Researchers in Germany wanted to compare the effectiveness of a supervised therapy to […]

Elastic resistance exercise dosing and knee joint reaction forces: Implications for ACL rehab

PART II: Elastic resistance exercise dosing and knee joint reaction forces In Part I, we discussed how Dr. Biscarini quantified the torque of elastic resistance training with goniometric graphs and equations, supporting the concept of elastic resistance exercise dosing that we’ve been teaching for years. In Part II, we will discuss Dr. Biscarini’s findings on […]

Can exercise benefit acute ankle sprains?

Ankle sprains are a very common injury, particularly among athletes and soldiers. Conventional treatment following acute ankle sprains usually consists of ice, immobilization, and a simple home exercise program. Dutch researchers performed a systematic review of the literature to determine if studies support the use of additional supervised exercises in patients with acute lateral ankle […]

Sport-specific rehabilitation for ACL Reconstruction

Rehabilitation following sports injury requires specific exercises and training to return the athlete to their prior level of competition. Recently, the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy published a series of 4 papers from sports rehabilitation experts on returning athletes to sport after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction. Each paper described progressive phases of […]

Better post-operative rehabilitation for subacromial decompression

Shoulder impingement that does not improve after injection or therapy sometimes results in arthroscopic surgery known as acromioplasty, where bone is shaved down at the end of the acromion. This surgical procedure is also known as “arthroscopic subacromial decompression” (ASD). Patients recovering from shoulder arthroscopy are sometimes sent home after surgery without formal physical therapy; […]

Cervicogenic Headache Treatment: What’s the Evidence?

How many of your patients with neck pain suffer from headaches as well, or vice-versa? Cervicogenic headaches are characterized by unilateral headache radiating from the posterior to anterior head, unilateral upper cervical pain and facet “locking,” which is often aggravated by sustained neck positions.  Cervicogenic headaches are thought to result from a convergence of sensory […]

A successful treatment of chronic plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, affecting nearly 2 million in the US annually (Martin et al. 2001). While most cases of plantar fasciitis are resolved with conservative treatment within a year, severe cases usually result in a surgical intervention. A recent case report in the Journal […]

Elastic resistance training can be effective for treating anterior knee pain

Elastic resistance is often prescribed as part of a rehabilitation program for anterior knee pain (patellofemoral pain syndrome), but its overall efficacy remains unclear. I recently published a systematic review of the topic in the journal, Sports Health. Eight studies using elastic resistance training met the criteria for the review. The exercises typically involved strengthening […]

Intensive two-week exercise program benefits stroke survivors

Patients suffering a stroke are often left with residual deficits in strength and gait. Depending on the severity of the stroke, patients are left with a wide range of disabilities. It was once thought that stroke survivors would never regain use of their paretic extremities; however, research continues to demonstrate the benefit of exercise after […]

Thera-Band exercise protocol for chronic neck pain improves quality of life

Dr. Jari Ylinen of Finland has published several studies using Thera-Band resistance bands for chronic neck pain, including articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Females with chronic neck pain have shown significant decreases in pain and significant increases in neck strength up to 2 years after his program. The exercises include dynamic-isometric […]

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