Journal Information
Vol. 27. Issue 2.
(1 March 2023)
Introducing the comprehensive pain management editorial series
Jo Nijs, Astrid Lahousse
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100506
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Systematic review
The effectiveness of hip interventions in patients with low-back pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Luis Ceballos-Laita, Elena Estébanez-de-Miguel, Jose Jesús Jiménez-Rejano, Elena Bueno-Gracia, Sandra Jiménez-del-Barrio
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100502
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A guide to identify cervical autonomic dysfunctions (and associated conditions) in patients with musculoskeletal disorders in physical therapy practice
Firas Mourad, Andrea Giudice, Giorgio Maritati, Filippo Maselli, Rik Kranenburg, Alan Taylor, Roger Kerry, Nathan Hutting
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100495

  • The autonomic nervous system is commonly involved in several musculoskeletal conditions.

  • Physical therapists need to be capable to triage for autonomic dysfunctions.

  • Autonomic dysfunctions are clinically of great importance as may be a “red flag”.

  • A step-by-step guide for autonomic nervous system physical examination is provided.

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Original research
High intensity training improves symptoms of central sensitization at six-month follow-up in persons with chronic nonspecific low back pain: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial
Jonas Verbrugghe, Anouk Agten, Sjoerd Stevens, Frank Vandenabeele, Nathalie Roussel, Jeanine Verbunt, Nina Goossens, Annick Timmermans
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100496

  • HIT improves symptoms of central sensitization and perceived stress in persons with CNSLBP.

  • Effects of HIT on central sensitization are more pronounced in persons with clinically relevant symptoms.

  • Symptoms of central sensitization and perceived stress are only slightly related with (changes in) pain intensity and functional disability.

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Characterising tibialis posterior tendinopathy using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health: a cross sectional study
Megan H. Ross, Michelle D. Smith, Bill Vicenzino
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100498

  • Individuals with TPT exhibit deficits across the ICF domains.

  • Poor self-reported function and quality of life are evident in those with TPT.

  • Independent living, mental health, and pain should be evaluated.

  • Clinicians should consider addressing activity and participation.

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Expertise and individually tailored interventions are expected by pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain who seek physical therapy: a qualitative study
Annika Svahn Ekdahl, Annelie Gutke, Monika Fagevik Olsén, Kaisa Mannerkorpi
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100494

  • Pelvic girdle pain means a major interruption in pregnant women's everyday life.

  • Pain limits activity and entails a constant struggle to find strategies to manage.

  • Women delay seeking care until their situation is almost unbearable.

  • The physical therapist is expected to be an expert who could provide proper advice.

  • A physical therapy consultation is seen as an opportunity to help maintain functioning.

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Translation and cross-cultural adaptation of the Brazilian version of the PM-Scale: A specific measure of participation after stroke
Gabriela Santos Pereira, Fernanda Ishida Corrêa, Heyriane Martins Dos Santos, Cíntia Elord Júlio, Jussimara Angela Pereira Bazán, Maria Eduarda Ferreira Bissoli, Thayane Correa Pereira Brandão, Jean-Louis Thonnard, ... Soraia Micaela Silva
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100497

  • The Brazilian version of the PM-Scale is both valid and reliable.

  • The Brazilian version of the PM-Scale is a unidimensional assessment instrument based on the ICF and calibrated using the Rasch model.

  • This is a low-cost scale that can be administered in less than five minutes, which facilitates assessment in clinical practice.

  • The PM-Scale can contribute to clinical practice and long-term care for the Brazilian population of stroke survivors and provides useful information for the scientific community.

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Consensus-based recommendations on physical activity and exercise in patients with diabetes at risk of foot ulcerations: a Delphi study
Alba Gracia-Sánchez, Adriana López-Pineda, José Luis Lázaro-Martínez, Antonio Pérez, Francisco J. Pomares-Gómez, Lourdes María Fernández-Seguín, Vicente F. Gil-Guillén, Esther Chicharro-Luna
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100500

  • We propose a series of structured recommendations, based on the consensus of international, multidisciplinary experts, on factors to consider before, during, and after physical activity/exercise, thus facilitating the advisory role of health professionals.

  • These recommendations include the systematic analysis of the degree of risk presented by patients with diabetic foot before starting unsupervised physical activity.

  • Patients at high risk of ulceration should be closely monitored, including during their return to activity after ulceration, and it is recommended that those with open ulcers or peripheral artery disease perform stretching and strengthening exercises.

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Patients report being satisfied with private musculoskeletal physical therapy when therapists educate effectively and facilitate shared decision making
Vaughan Nicholson, Neil Tuttle, Amy Papinniemi, Kerrie Evans
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100501

  • More than 1700 patients seen in private practice physical therapy completed the survey.

  • 86% of patients were completely satisfied.

  • 87% of patients were likely to recommend the service to friends or family.

  • Education/advice and shared decision making best classified completely satisfied patients.

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