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Vol. 26. Issue 6.
(01 November 2022)
Upskilling the physical therapy workforce in evidence-based knee osteoarthritis care
Rana S. Hinman, Kim L. Bennell
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100448
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Systematic review
Effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in the treatment of dysfunctions in facial paralysis: a systematic literature review
Michelly Cardoso Silva, Mayara Tavares Oliveira, Isabela Freire Azevedo-Santos, Josimari Melo DeSantana
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100454

  • Current literature about the effect of PNF in the treatment of dysfunction in facial paralysis is limited in quantity as well as in quality of evidence.

  • It is not possible to establish clear recommendations regarding the use of PNF for facial paralysis.

  • More high-quality evidence is needed to establish the effectiveness of PNF in the treatment of dysfunction in facial paralysis.

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Do psychological factors relate to movement-evoked pain in people with musculoskeletal pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis
Lynn Leemans, Jo Nijs, Luna Antonis, Timothy H. Wideman, Hester den Bandt, Zoe Franklin, Patrick Mullie, Maarten Moens, ... David Beckwée
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100453

  • Movement-evoked pain is associated with depressive symptoms, pain-related fear, and pain catastrophizing

  • Questionnaires on psychological factors should be included in MEP assessments.

  • Cautious interpretation of these results regarding causality is warranted.

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Original research
Occurrence and impact of pelvic floor dysfunction in women with and without breast cancer: a cross-sectional study
Udari N Colombage, Sze-Ee Soh, Kuan-Yin Lin, Michelle White, Amanda Vincent, Jane Fox, Helena C Frawley
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100455

  • The occurrence of urinary incontinence was higher in women with breast cancer.

  • Women with breast cancer experienced higher distress and impact of urinary symptoms.

  • Routine screening and offer of treatment for urinary symptoms may be indicated.

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Predictors for physical activity and its change after active physical therapy in people with spinal pain and insomnia: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial
Thomas Bilterys, Eveline Van Looveren, Olivier Mairesse, Jo Nijs, Mira Meeus, Kelly Ickmans, Barbara Cagnie, Dorien Goubert, ... Anneleen Malfliet
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100456

  • The amount of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) varies across individuals with nonspecific chronic spinal pain (nCSP) and comorbid insomnia.

  • Sleep quality, limitations in functioning, body mass index, and fatigue predict MVPA.

  • No determinants for a change in MVPA after physical therapy were identified.

  • The change of MVPA in response to physical therapy varied across participants.

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Physical therapists and public perceptions of telerehabilitation: An online open survey on acceptability, preferences, and needs
Lívia G. Fernandes, Rafael F.F. Oliveira, Pamela M. Barros, Felipe R.C. Fagundes, Renato J. Soares, Bruno T. Saragiotto
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100464

  • Physical therapists and the general population are hesitant in using telerehabilitation. Concerns include, but are not limited to, the financial worth of telerehabilitation.

  • Physical therapists agree with the provision of education and self-management strategies via telerehabilitation, but the general population highlights the need for exercise prescription and technical orientation on exercise performance.

  • Practical recommendations and adequate training are needed to address physical therapists’ acceptability to telerehabilitation. For the general population, gradual exposure to telerehabilitation could enhance engagement with this mode of delivering physical therapy.

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Brazilian version of need for recovery scale: Assessment of structural validity, criterion validity, and internal consistency
Luiz Augusto Brusaca, Cristiane Shinohara Moriguchi, Dechristian França Barbieri, Matthew Leigh Stevens, Ana Beatriz Oliveira
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100465

  • Identification of work-related health risks is important to support preventive actions.

  • The Brazilian version of the need for recovery scale (Br-NFR) is a unidimensional scale to evaluate the need for recovery.

  • Br-NFR structure had excellent goodness-of-fit indices compared to other structures.

  • Br-NFR scale with 7-item is equivalent to the original 11-item scale.

  • Br-NFR scale has good internal consistency.

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Are static foot posture and ankle dorsiflexion range of motion associated with Achilles tendinopathy? A cross-sectional study
Rodrigo Scattone Silva, Hayley Powell Smitheman, Andy K. Smith, Karin Grävare Silbernagel
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100466

  • Individuals with Achilles tendinopathy (AT) and symptomatic pronated feet did not differ from individuals with AT and symptomatic neutral/supinated feet in terms of tendon pain, structure, or symptom severity.

  • The symptomatic and non-symptomatic limbs of individuals with unilateral AT had no differences in terms of foot alignment, evaluated by static measures.

  • Pronated foot posture was not more prevalent in individuals with AT when compared to neutral/supinated foot postures.

  • Smaller ankle dorsiflexion range of motion was associated with greater symptom severity and may be relevant for this population.

  • Static foot alignment measures do not seem to be clinically relevant in patients with AT.

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Hip strength, quadriceps strength and dynamic balance are lower in people with unilateral knee osteoarthritis compared to their non-affected limb and asymptomatic controls
Andrew Hislop, Natalie J. Collins, Kylie Tucker, Adam I. Semciw
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:100467

  • Hip adduction strength is lower on the affected versus non-affected limb of people with unilateral knee osteoarthritis.

  • Hip strength is lower bilaterally in people with unilateral knee osteoarthritis.

  • Dynamic balance is lower bilaterally in people with unilateral knee osteoarthritis.

  • Patient-reported pain is associated with knee extension strength but not hip strength or dynamic balance.

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