PT FOR LYMPHEDEMA – NEW RESEARCH

Early physical therapy could be an effective intervention in the prevention of secondary lymphedema in women for at least 1 year after surgery for breast cancer involving dissection of auxiliary lymph nodes, say authors of an article published online January12 in BMJ. The study was conducted in a university hospital in Madrid, Spain. Participants were…

PHYSICAL THERAPY OR SURGERY FOR SHOULDER: YOU DECIDE

Physical therapist-led exercises show equal effectiveness compared with surgery in the long term in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome, say authors of a systematic review published in the October 2009 issue (Vol 41 Issue 11) of the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. Research trials were searched electronically and manually from 1966 to December 2007. Study quality…

SURGERY OR EXERCISE FOR SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT

Arthroscopic acromioplasty provides no clinically important effects in patients with shoulder impingement syndrome over a structured and supervised exercise program alone in terms of subjective outcome or cost-effectiveness when measured at 24 months, say authors of a study published in the October 2009 issue (Vol 91, Issue 10) of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.…

PREVENTION OF FALLS

New APTA-endorsed guidelines aimed at preventing falls in older adults recommend a multi-factorial fall risk assessment for all older adults who have had a fall, have been identified as having gait and balance problems, or report difficulties with gait or balance. The guidelines, released by the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society, include…

LINK BETWEEN LEG-LENGTH INEQUALITY & OSTEOARTHRITIS

Leg-length inequality is a potentially modifiable risk factor for knee osteoarthritis, say authors of a study that found that radiographic leg-length inequality was associated with prevalent, incident symptomatic, and progressive knee osteoarthritis. In a study involving 3,026 participants aged 50 to 79 years with or at high risk for knee osteoarthritis, leg-length inequality was measured…

INDIVDUALIZED EXERCISE PROGRAM MAY IMPROVE ADHERENCE

Interventions such as supervised or individualized exercise therapy and self-management techniques may enhance exercise adherence, say authors of a systematic review that assessed the effects of interventions to improve exercise adherence for people with chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP). However, the authors add, high-quality, randomized trials with long-term follow up that explicitly address adherence to exercises…

WOMEN: GET READY TO EXERCISE

Research results are based on 34,079 middle-aged women followed for about 13 years. From the article: “You can eat a candy bar in 2 minutes. Most are at least 200 calories,” and to burn that off requires walking for about an hour, Lee said. For more information on starting a safe exercise program, call ECRC…

EXERCISE TO HELP POSTURE

An exercise intervention is successful in decreasing forward head and rounded shoulder postures in elite swimmers, say authors of a study published in the April issue (Vol 44 Issue 5) of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The study supports the theoretical basis for clinical rehabilitation of posture and the shoulder, the authors add. This…