July 7, 2017

The prevalence of pelvic floor dysfunction varies by condition.1, 2 While stress and urge urinary incontinence affects 15.7% to 49.6% of women, the prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse and interstitial cystitis ranges from 2.9% to 41.1% and 2.3% to 22% of the population...

July 7, 2017

Low back pain (LBP) is highly prevalent and presents an enormous cost both through direct health care and indirectly through significant work and production loss. Low back pain is acknowledged widely to be a multifactorial pathology with a variety of symptoms, dysfunct...

June 8, 2017

Although commonly utilized interventions, no studies have directly compared the effectiveness of cervical and thoracic manipulation to mobilization and exercise in individuals with cervicogenic headache (CH). The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of mani...

May 10, 2017

Once a spinal disc has “slipped,” it seems like it’s in a biomechanically awkward situation and can’t recover any more than a broken window can reassemble itself. And yet several studies — like Kjaer 2016, which followed dozens of patients for eight years — have sugges...

April 19, 2017

Just a month after back surgery, Nancy Scatena was once again in excruciating pain. The medications her doctor prescribed barely took the edge off the unrelenting back aches and searing jolts down her left leg. “The pain just kept intensifying,” says the 52-year-old Sc...

September 9, 2016

As reported by USA Today4 and the New York Times,5 top athletes such as Michael Phelps and gymnast Alex Naddour were utilizing cupping therapy for recovery, pain relief, and to boost performance. According to Ted Kaptchuk,6 a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical Sc...

August 10, 2016

There is disagreement among health care professionals and throughout the literature on the safety of dry needling during pregnancy. While some practitioners believe dry needling is safe during all phases of pregnancy, others assert that the modality should be avoided d...

August 10, 2016

It was with interest and some concern that we read the study by Cotchett et al1 published in the August 2014 issue of Physical Therapy titled “Effectiveness of trigger point dry needling for plantar heel pain: a randomized controlled trial.” While the authors reported...

August 1, 2016

Ten years ago, therapeutic ultrasound and massage were found to be ineffective for chronic low back pain, a conclusion that was again confirmed this year. Notably, the most recent clinical practice guidelines don’t even mention ultrasound or massage for consideration i...

July 28, 2016

Over the past decade, dry needling for the treatment of pain and disability in neuromusculoskeletal conditions has gained in popularity within the physical therapy profession.  Specifically, many physical therapists have begun to incorporate dry needling into the conse...

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