Hot Topics for Clinicians

Targeted early intervention of workers with soft issue injury leads to a better recovery

Workers found to be at significant risk for a long-term disability based on known psychosocial risk factors following a musculoskeletal injury were identified using a screening tool. This questionnaire was given to all injured workers within 5 days of injury. ... read more ›

Physiotherapy delivered pain management skills in addition to strength training improves knee OA treatment outcomes

A combined intervention of specific strength training plus training in pain management skills provided by a physiotherapist is associated with better function than either treatment alone in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

A multicentre trial randomised 222 patients with painful ... read more ›

Are scans good for you?

A common approach to investigating the cause of pain is to undergo a scan. This might be an x ray, ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. Unfortunately, scans are not fool proof and don’t tell the whole story. Scan findings may ... read more ›

Physiotherapy for chronic pain – it is not all the same!

A physiotherapist’s approach to managing chronic pain should incorporate an active rather than passive approach. A passive approach is when treatment is “done” to the client and the client is overly reliant on their treater. This not only includes hands ... read more ›

Recovery from Depressive Symptoms over the Course of Physical Therapy.

Recovery from Depressive Symptoms over the Course of Physical Therapy
This  study looked at adults who had work related back or neck pain for 3-12 weeks since injury and clinical depression (BDI >13) who underwent 7 weeks of physio treatment ... read more ›

Improve RTW outcomes with targeted interventions

The presence of psychosocial factors soon after an injury can predict the cost of a workers compensation injury independently of the type or location of an injury. The provision of an early assessment and intervention process can reduce costs in ... read more ›