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…

Neck Pain Best Practice: Treatment-Based Classification

The following is another article written for the online, video-based physical therapy continuing education company MedBridge Education… Among one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, neck pain has been estimated to affect between 22% and 77% of individuals in their lifetime according to the Neck Pain Clinical Practice Guidelines published by Childs et al. While this pain…

NMES, The Missing Link.

The following is another article written for the online, video-based physical therapy continuing education company MedBridge Education... Following any type of surgery, significant weakness of the primary and secondary musculature is common. For example, quadriceps weakness has been documented during the immediate post-operative phase following surgery (Snyder-Mackler et al), as well as years following rehabilitation (Rosenberg et…

What is the Key to the ACL Epidemic? Prevention.

In my previous post, I discussed the current research and concepts with regards to Return to Sport following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR)... Now it is time to discuss how we, as clinicians, can help to prevent these injuries altogether. A recent Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 14 studies and 27,000 participants conducted by Gagnier…

ACL Reconstruction: When Can I Play Again?

"When can I play ___________ again?" Such a simple question. Following an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), this is the answer that everyone (clinician, patient, coach, and parent) wants to know. Unfortunately, this simple question does not have a simple answer. With copious amounts of research devoted to this pathology, it would seem like an…

The Chondral Lesion: Aftermath of an ACL Rupture

According to Swenson et al, the third most common knee injury in high school aged athletes is pathology associated with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) at 25.4%. Additionally, Griffin et al estimated that the total number of ACL ruptures per year approaches nearly 250,000 and a subsequent surgical reconstrucaton is perfromed in nearly 125,000 patients…