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Synopsis: Ten randomized controlled trials (645 patients) were included in this meta-analysis to determine the effect of therapeutic ultrasound in the management of knee osteoarthritis when compared to sham or no-intervention. The pooled results of this meta-analysis indicated that therapeutic ultrasound significantly reduced pain and improved function compared to sham treatment. Additionally, few adverse Read More »
Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: Seven randomized controlled trials were included in this meta-analysis evaluating the efficacy of corticosteroid injections in the treatment of enthesopathy of the extensor carpi radialis brevis origin. Included RCTs featured local anesthetic or placebo saline injections as a control. Results demonstrated significantly Read More »
Author verified Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 49 patients over the age of 50 undergoing surgical treatment for chronic insertional Achilles tendinopathy were randomly assigned to receive Achilles debridement alone or in conjunction with a flexor hallucis longus (FHL) tendon transfer. The purpose of this study was to determine whether the addition of FHL tendon transfer to the conventional Achilles debridement procedure further reduced pain and improved function up to 1 year post-operative. Outcomes were assessed Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 225 patients undergoing elective joint replacement surgery were randomized to one of three groups: one receiving "M" structured touch therapy, one receiving guided imagery therapy, or a control group receiving only standard care. The purpose of the study was to determine the effectiveness of M therapy, which involves constant light pressure accompanied by gentle stroking motions on the hands and feet, at reducing pain and anxiety immediately after treatment. Results found both Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 9 randomized controlled trials which compared autologous whole blood (ABI) injections to either corticosteroid injections (CSI) (6 RCTs) or platelet-rich plasma injections (PRP) (3 RCTs) in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis were included in the current meta-analysis. Comparisons were performed to assess the effect of these treatment options on pain. Pooled results demonstrated Read More »
Author verified Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 111 individuals with tight hamstrings were randomized to one of three treatment protocols: a stretching program that focused the hip joint, a stretching program that focused on the knee joint, or to a control group that did not participate in stretching. This study was conducted in order to determine whether the location at which the stretches were performed influenced improvement in range of motion after the 8-week program. Findings indicated that Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 6 randomized controlled trials (n=271) were included in this systematic review for the purpose of comparing transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) with several other treatments for rotator cuff tendinopathy, including ultrasound therapy, corticosteroid injection, heat therapy, and pulse radiofrequency. Results demonstrated that although significant improvements were achieved by patients treated with TENS when compared to pre-treatment measurements, the majority of clinical outcomes showed comparable improvements between active treatment groups. However, due to Read More »
Level 3 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 137 patients with lesions in the long head of the biceps tendon (LHBT) and small- to medium-sized rotator cuff tears were randomized to undergo either tenotomy or tenodesis. The purpose of the study was to compare the clinical and radiographic outcomes between the two treatments. Outcomes included the Read More »
Level 1 RCT
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Synopsis: 129 patients with an anterior cruciate ligament tear scheduled for anatomic single-bundle reconstruction were randomized to receive either a six-stranded semitendinosus and gracilis (hamstring) allograft (6-strand HT) or bone-patellar-tendon-bone (BPTB) allograft. The purpose of this study was to determine if the 6-strand HT group demonstrated significantly better rotational and anterior knee stability compared to the BPTB group over a 4-year follow-up. Results over the Read More »
Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 100 patients with knee osteoarthritis were randomized to a 12-week exercise program with or without the addition of an intraarticular corticosteroid injection prior to the commencement of the exerise program. The purpose of this study was to determine if the use of IA methylprednisolone acetate two weeks prior to an exercise program resulted in significantly greater improvement in patient-reported pain and functional measures at the end of the program when compared to those administered a placebo saline injection. No significant between-group Read More »
Author verified Level 1 RCT