Our registered physiotherapists have compiled and summarized the latest scientific research in the field of physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
How effective is mechanical traction on patients who suffer from low back pain with leg pain?
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Mar;46(3):144-54
Mechanical lumbar traction is an aggressively marketed and often very expensive treatment for low back pain. A study involving 120 low back pain patients with associated leg pain (sciatica) and evidence of nerve root compression (pinched nerve) has shown that there is no benefit to mechanical lumbar traction. This shows that an active physiotherapy program including exercises and manual therapy is the best approach to dealing with low back and leg pain.
Osteoarthritis of the knee joint seems to enjoy a significant reduction of pain when using an unloader knee brace.
Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2016 Jul-Aug;45(5):306-11.
A recent study published in the American Journal of Orthopedics showed that patients with Osteoarthritis of the knee (effecting the medial compartment of the knee) had much less pain when using a custom unloader knee brace. Patients who used the brace reported less pain, greater function and a higher level of activity than those who did not use a brace. Osteoarthritis of the knee is a widespread problem so it is great to know that we can help patients stay healthy, pain free and active by making them a custom brace!
Treatment for hip osteoarthritis. An immediate reduction of pain and improvement of function was noted when hip mobilization with movement treatments were applied.
Man Ther. 2016 Apr;22:80-5.
A recent study in the Journal Manual Therapy (April 2016) has demonstrated the benefits of manual therapy or hands on Physiotherapy in the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the hip. 40 Patients were split into manual therapy and placebo treatment groups. Those that received manual therapy demonstrated reduced pain, better hip flexion and internal rotation rnage of motion and most importantly the patients physical function improved across multiple measurements.
Often patients are told that there is nothing that they can do about their hip arthritis. Meanwhile Physiotherapists have known for years that their patients are getting great results with skillfully applied manual therapy. This study clearly shows that when it comes to hip osteoarthritis, you need an expert Physiotherapist with manual therapy skills on your team. At Cornerstone Physiotherapy all of our Physiotherapists have extensive training in manual therapy.