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The Effectiveness of Exergames in Patients with Ankylosing Spondylitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial (2016)

January 17, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is characterized by spinal deformity and disability. Strategies to maximize compliance with exercise may help improve outcomes in people with AS as exercise may help maintain range of motion and fitness while decreasing disability. Exergames, or active video games, may help to encourage an active lifestyle. The authors therefore wanted to determine […]
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Effect of Pain Neuroscience Education Combined With Cognition-Targeted Motor Control Training on Chronic Spinal Pain. A Randomized Clinical Trial (2018)

January 17, 2022 by Megan Berg.
The authors of this study sought to answer this clinical question: is a program consisting of pain neuroscience education combined with cognition targeted motor control training more effective for improving measures of pain, function, gray matter morphologic features, and pain cognitions in people with chronic spinal pain compared to traditional best practice physical therapy? Participants: […]
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Physical Therapy Informed by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (PACT) Versus Usual Care Physical Therapy for Adults with Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomised Controlled Trial (2019)

January 17, 2022 by Megan Berg.
A multicenter randomized controlled trial was conducted to examine the efficacy of PACT compared to usual care physical therapy for patients with chronic lower back pain. Patients were recruited from three physical therapy clinics in London UK hospitals. Participants were male and female adults with nonspecific chronic lower back pain with or without associated leg […]
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Typical Cervical Radiculopathy Presentations

January 10, 2022 by Megan Berg.
This resource provides an overview of radiculopathy presentations per level in the cervical spine including weakness patterns and sensory loss/pain patterns.
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Sternal Precautions

January 9, 2022 by Megan Berg.
This guide to sternal precautions is designed for patient and caregiver training, and includes graphic and written instruction and current research. The handout also includes alternatives that may be discussed with a surgeon if there is a concern about dependence on caregivers, muscle atrophy, fear-avoidance, or memory impairment that will reduce adherence to precautions.
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Sciatic Nerve Glides

January 5, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Nerve pain down the leg can be challenging to treat, especially if the pain cannot be reduced directly with low back related postures or movements. In these cases, sciatic nerve glides may be the best option to encourage gentle movement of the nerves that course into the lower part of the lower back. This intervention […]
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Reducing the Risk of Future Back Pain

January 5, 2022 by Megan Berg.
The lower back is the most commonly injured and painful area of the body. Many people who have struggled with back pain may be interested in reducing the risk of it happening again once they recover. This handout outlines several strategies that may be used to reduce the risk of back pain based on current […]
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Precautions and Contraindications to Spinal Manual Therapy

January 4, 2022 by Megan Berg.
Manual therapy is frequently used to treat spine related pain by therapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. This resource outlines contraindications to spinal manual therapy and is a helpful quick resource to review when in doubt about using manual therapy.
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Lumbar Radiculopathy Typical Presentations by Level

December 29, 2021 by Megan Berg.
Lumbar radiculopathy can be challenging to recognize and diagnose since many conditions can cause radiating pain into the legs. This resource provides some tips for recognizing lumbar radiculopathy for clinicians and outlines typical presentations of dysfunction by level through the lumbar spine.
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Loading Guidelines for the Intervertebral Disc

December 29, 2021 by Megan Berg.
Lower back pain is generally non-specific in nature, but the intervertebral disc can be attributed to some back pain. People with back pain are frequently discouraged when they are told they have disc problems and feel like they cannot do anything about things like “degenerative disc disease,” “disc herniations,” and “disc bulges.” This resource provides […]
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