Research Review: Comparison of 2 Manual Therapy and Exercise Protocols for Cervical Radiculopathy

In the next installment of the Research Review Series, we discuss a recent randomized controlled study investigating the effectiveness of a manual therapy program specifically tailored to increase the intervertebral foramen (IVF) versus a general manual therapy program in patients presenting with cervical radiculopathy3. Study Design Participant and assessor-blinded randomized clinical trial. Subjects Thirty-six subjects were…

Research Review: Immediate Effects of Real-Time Feedback on Jump-Landing Kinematics

In the next instalment of the Research Review Series, we discuss the impact of real-time feedback in addition to post-response feedback compared to post-response feedback alone on jumping-landing mechanics in a young female population1.  Study Design Randomized controlled trial. Subjects Thirty-six pain-free females were recruited from the general student population at the University of Toledo and assigned…

Research Review: Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with LBP Likely to Respond to Stabilization Exercises

In the next installment of my Research Review Series for MedBridge Education, we discuss a recent randomized controlled study investigating the validity of a clinical prediction rule for identifying patients with low back pain likely to respond favorably to a spinal stabilization program. Study Design Randomized Controlled Trial. Subjects One hundred five patients diagnosed with LBP…

Research Review: Manual Physical Therapy and Perturbation Exercises in Knee Osteoarthritis

Study Design Prospective, observational cohort study. Subjects Fifteen participants (7 male, 8 female) with a mean age of 55 years old were recruited from a convenience sample of consecutive patients evaluated for knee osteoarthritis (OA) at the Physical Therapy Clinic, Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas. With regards to severity, ten patients had bilateral…

Research Review: Validation of a Clinical Prediction Rule to Identify Patients with LBP Likely to Respond to Stabilization Exercises

Study Design Randomized Controlled Trial. Subjects One hundred five patients diagnosed with LBP and referred to physical therapy at 1 of 5 outpatient clinics of Clalit Health Services in the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area, Israel, were recruited for this study. Of these 105 patients, 40 were positive on the Stabilization CPR and 65 were negative. The…

Research Review: Effect of Manual Therapy on Vertebral and Internal Carotid Blood Flow

In the next installment of my Research Review series for MedBridge Education, we will discuss a recent study that appeared in Physical Therapy Journal conducted by Thomas et al.  The authors investigated the changes in vertebral and internal carotid blood flow during selective positions that are commonly associated with manual therapy techniques were assumed. This…

Research Review: Effect of Prehabilitation on the Outcome of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

In my first in a series of 'Research Review' articles for MedBridge Education, I will review a recent study that appeared in The American Journal of Sports Medicine.  Shaarani et al investigated the utility of a Prehabilitation program for patients scheduled to undergo anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR). Considering the variable rate of return to sport…