#Fail? Study Says Physical Therapy’s Reach on Social Media Comes up Short

When it comes to using social media to promote the profession, physical therapy may be missing out: that’s the conclusion of a recent study that analyzed physical therapy-related tweets and found that, for the most part, Twitter discussions about the profession are occurring in an “echo chamber”—if they even rise to the level of a discussion in the first place.

The study, published in APTA’s journal PTJ (Physical Therapy), looked at a random sample of 1,000 tweets from a collection of 30,000 tweets gathered over a 12-week period. Researchers sorted out each message according to its author, intended audience, tone, and theme, and—when it occurred—the “pattern” of the twitter conversation, which includes shares as well as actual online exchanges. The collection was based on 9 search terms: physical therapy, physiotherapy, physical therapist, physiotherapist, #physicaltherapy, #physiotherapy, #physical therapist, #physiotherapist, and #physio. Hashtags associated with “known physical therapy campaigns,” such as APTA’s #ChoosePT, were not included in the searches.

Full story at APTA

Frozen shoulder: fact or fiction?

The term ‘frozen shoulder’ captures the imagination, and carries the implicit suggestion that if frozen it can then thaw. Our paper “Natural history of frozen shoulder: fact or fiction?” published this year in the journal Physiotherapy [1], is a systematic review of the literature regarding the conventional story that a frozen shoulder progresses naturally through painful, stiff, and recovery phases to full resolution in time without treatment. It turns out… not so much. In fact, while no evidence supported the natural history theory, evidence from multiple randomized control trials with longitudinal data directly contradict the theory of a recovery phase that leads to complete resolution for frozen shoulder.

That the findings so starkly contradict the accepted view of frozen shoulder, as reflected by clinical reviews, research article introductions, textbooks, and reputable health websites has prompted reflection on how such an assumption made it into the medical knowledge base. The explanation is more than just the power of a word; the backstory includes the slow acceptance of evolving concepts, poorly designed research, and continued citation of misinformation without careful consideration.

Full story on frozen shoulder at bodyinmind.org

HIV rehabilitation offers physical therapists opportunities to lead and innovate

As the number of people living with HIV increases and the disease becomes a long-term condition physical therapists can make a significant difference.

That’s the message from Stephanie Nixon, associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto, who will lead a focused symposium on the subject at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town next year.

“There’s a growing need for physiotherapy among people living with HIV because HIV is transitioning to become a chronic illness,” says Nixon. This will be explored in a session on Physiotherapy and HIV and the role that physiotherapists can play to lead on service delivery and rehabilitation in health systems across the world.

Full story of HIV rehabilitation with PT at WCPT

Questions raised about physio for hip osteoarthritis

Physiotherapy for hip osteoarthritis does not appear to relieve pain or increase function any more than ‘sham’ treatments, University of Melbourne research has determined.

Hip osteoarthritis is a prevalent and costly chronic musculoskeletal condition. Clinical guidelines recommend physiotherapy as treatment, although its effectiveness has never been proven.

Now, a study led by the University’s Professor Kim Bennell has found that among adults with painful hip osteoarthritis, physical therapy does not produce greater improvements in pain or function compared with a placebo treatment.

Full story of physio for hip osteoarthritis at Science Daily

New APTA Webpage Offers Evidence-Based Document Resources

Whether you’re first exploring evidence-based care issues, looking for information on how to create clinical practice guidelines, or trying to learn about ways to conduct guideline appraisals, a new APTA webpage can make the work a little less daunting.

The association’s new Resources for Development of Evidence-Based Documents webpage brings together offerings that not only help physical therapists (PTs) access current guidelines and research, but provide PTs with materials that will help them learn how to contribute to the growing pool of evidence-based physical therapy research. The page includes links to APTA’s PTNow research resource, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Systematic Review Data Repository, and the PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database, as well as information on how to conduct critical appraisals and develop recommendations.

More information on the new webpage at APTA

Help is at hand, headache sufferers

Helping Hand for Headache SufferersTWO Port Macquarie physiotherapists are considering all options to relieve the pain of headache sufferers.

Dean Lawler and Mark Matheson have a combined experience of more than 20 years in physiotherapy.

The dynamic duo work alongside other physiotherapists at Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Clinic (SSPC) in Port Macquarie and Laurieton.

Last October they decided to focus their energy on a sophisticated method of assessing and treating the small movements of the upper cervical spine. This method has been developed over two decades by Sydney clinician Dean Watson.

Changes in the upper cervical spine can lead to headaches and migraines.

Lawler and Matheson use very precise movements as well as clinical reasoning to alleviate pain and suffering.

Full story of helping hand for headaches at Macquarie Port News

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