Abstract of The Week: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis

This week, we recommend taking a look at the following abstract: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis: a case report. Here’s why we think it matters:   Put simply, it really highlights the importance of good clinical reasoning. The patient in this case was not even referred to PT for “neck pain,” she was referred… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Upper cervical instability associated with rheumatoid arthritis

Abstract of The Week: Teaching and Learning Spinal Thrust Manipulation

This week’s Abstract of the Week is: A model for teaching and learning spinal thrust manipulation and its effect on participant confidence in technique performance (Christopher H. Wise, Ronald J. Schenk & Jill Black Lattanzi Published online: 10 Feb 2016) Here’s why we think this one matters: So often people learn manipulation in school or in a… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Teaching and Learning Spinal Thrust Manipulation

Abstract of The Week: How Should We Teach Lumbar Manipulation?

Before we jump into this particular Abstract of The Week, we just had to share this: It’s one hundred percent true. While our mission with every North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy course or program is to ensure physical therapists have the evidence-based education they need to make good decisions in the clinic, we also feel it’s vital to understand that each and every case… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: How Should We Teach Lumbar Manipulation?

Abstract of The Week: Effect of Velocity of Joint Mobilization on Corticospinal Excitability in Individuals with History of Ankle Sprain

How does orthopaedic manual physical therapy work? The available evidence strongly suggests that it is by a neurophysiologic affect. (1) The differences of effect between mobilization and manipulation techniques have not been consistent, or clear. The specific neurophysiologic mechanism and where it is occurring is also not well understood. Fisher (2016) The effect of velocity… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Effect of Velocity of Joint Mobilization on Corticospinal Excitability in Individuals with History of Ankle Sprain

Abstract of the Week: A Comparison of Hamstring Stretching Programs

This week  the abstract we’re taking a look at is: A comparison of two stretching programs for hamstring muscles: A randomized controlled assessor-blinded study. Demoulin C1,2, Wolfs S1,2, Chevalier M1, Granado C1, Grosdent S1,2, Depas Y1, Roussel N3,4, Hage R1, Vanderthommen M1,2. In this study the authors looked at two different ways to stretch the hamstring… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: A Comparison of Hamstring Stretching Programs

Abstract of the Week: Unilateral Facial Pain

Today we wanted to highlight the abstract “A case of unilateral facial pain” by Jason Siegel, MD Andrea M. Harriott, MD, PhD. Neurology 84 May 26, 2015. Why should you care? This is an excellent article that connects unilateral facial pain, to the trigeminal nerve and TMJ pathology. Written by neurologists and presented in a user friendly format, this… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Unilateral Facial Pain

Abstract of the Week: Thoracic Manual Therapy in The Management of Non-specific Shoulder Pain

How many of you start your shoulder examination with a look at the cervical and thoracic spine? In the absence of trauma it makes the most sense to do a cervical and thoracic scan during the initial evaluation. The scapula is part of the shoulder girdle. A lot of the muscles that attach to the… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Thoracic Manual Therapy in The Management of Non-specific Shoulder Pain