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Synopsis: 220 patients with low back pain for less than 16 days were randomly assigned to receive either early physical therapy (EPT) or usual care for the management of their low back pain. The purpose of this study was to determine whether early physical therapy consisting of exercise and manipulation was advantageous over usual care in improving disability, measured via Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores. Significantly greater improvement Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: Three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with level II evidence were included in this meta-analysis of patients with articular surface partial-thickness rotator cuff tears. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of the transtendon repair technique compared to completion of the tear followed by subsequent repair. Constant scores were Read More »
Level 2 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 11 randomized controlled trials were included in this meta-analysis investigating the short-term efficacy of a suprascapular nerve block (SSNB) for the management of chronic shoulder pain. Comparative treatments from identified studies included intra-articular corticosteroids, physical therapy, and placebo. Pain reduction and Read More »
Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: Nine randomized controlled trials were included in this meta-analysis to investigate the effectiveness of injury prevention programs in reducing the incidence of ankle injuries among soccer (football) players. Pooled analysis demonstrated Read More »
Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 83 patients with plantar fasciitis were randomized to one of the three following physiotherapy interventions for the purpose of comparing pain, disability, and balance outcomes after 8 weeks: (1) stretching and exercise of hip and foot muscles, (2) stretching and exercises of foot muscles only, and (3) stretching of foot muscles only. Outcomes of interest included a VAS scale for pain, the Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS), the Star Excursion Balance test (SEBT). Results demonstrated that Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 27 randomized controlled trials (RCT) were included in this bayesian network meta-analysis to provide a comprehensive comparison of injection therapies for lateral epicondylitis. A total of 13 therapies were identified from the literature. The results from Read More »
Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 23 studies (n = 2313, 4 randomized control trials, 18 cross-sectional/cohort observational studies and 1 cross-sectional study with a nested RCT) were included in this systematic review and meta-analysis to determine the prevalence of inadequate vitamin D in athletes and to investigate the association between vitamin D inadequacy and injury. Pooled analysis revealed that 56% of athletes were vitamin D inadequate. The prevalence of Read More »
Author verified Level 1 Meta Analysis
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Synopsis: 130 patients scheduled for major shoulder surgery were randomized to undergo the operative treatment with interscalene brachial plexus block and either perineural dexamethasone, intravenous dexamethasone, or saline solution. The purpose of this study was to determine if either administration of adjunct dexamethasone was associated with significantly improved block duration, opioid use, pain, and patient satisfaction up to 48 hours post-surgery. Results demonstrated that Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: 50 Danish male professional and amateur soccer teams (n=942) were cluster randomized to receive either eccentric strengthening of the hamstring muscle using the Nordic hamstring muscle exercise (intervention) or the usual training program (control). The results after the 10-week program concluded that the control groups had significantly higher rates of acute hamstring injury in comparison to intervention. In addition, the Read More »
Author verified Level 2 RCT
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Synopsis: Use of cemented versus un-cemented implant fixation in total hip arthroplasty (THA) has long been an area of debate. Although cemented components have long had unsurpassed prosthesis survival rate, more and more THAs are being performed with un-cemented components. The current systematic Read More »
Author verified Level 1 Meta Analysis