Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy
ISSN: 1413-3555

The Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy (BJPT) is the official publication of the Brazilian Society of Physical Therapy Research and Graduate Studies (ABRAPG-Ft). It publishes original research articles on topics related to the areas of physical therapy and rehabilitation sciences, including clinical, basic or applied studies on the assessment, prevention, and treatment of movement disorders.

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Original Research
Bimanual hand use in children and adolescents with unilateral spastic cerebral palsy: an exploratory study
Simone A. Bueno, Marisa C. Mancini, Rachel H.S. Oliveira, Marina J. Airoldi, Beatriz S. Vieira, Andrew M. Gordon, Marina B. Brandão

  • Children with USCP have difficulties to use their hands and feel bothered with their performance.

  • Extensive caregiver assistance may limit the child's performance in bimanual activities.

  • Intervention should consider efficacy, time, and the child feeling bothered in bimanual activities.

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Short Communication
Compared to what? An analysis of comparators in trials informing the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) low back pain guideline
Geronimo Bejarano, Ben Csiernik, Joshua R. Zadro, Giovanni E. Ferreira

  • Almost one in three trials included in the NICE LBP CPG use suboptimal comparators.

  • Invasive and non-surgical trials used more suboptimal comparators than pharmacological trials.

  • Use of suboptimal comparators in a substantial proportion of trials may be misleading some CPGs leading to inconsistencies in recommendations.

  • Using suboptimal comparators made treatments less likely to be recommended for use by NICE LBP CPG.

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A proposal for a universal physical therapy diagnostic concept
Marc Perron, Rachel Brosseau, Désirée B. Maltais, Vincent Piette, Alain Godbout, Hélène Corriveau, Luc J. Hébert

  • This manuscript proposes a new physical therapy diagnostic concept.

  • This proposition is based on the World Health Organisation classifications.

  • This model goes beyond the health problem.

  • It includes the impact of relevant impairments on everyday activities and performance.

  • It is applicable to all patients in all contexts and practice domains.

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Systematic Review
What do people believe to be the cause of low back pain? A scoping review
Søren Grøn, Kasper Bülow, Tobias Daniel Jonsson, Jakob Degn, Alice Kongsted

  • There is a high variation in measuring causal beliefs about low back pain.

  • No measurement exists that clearly isolates causal beliefs from other belief domains.

  • There is a lack of studies exploring longitudinal relationships between causal beliefs and health outcomes.

  • Causal beliefs are just one element of a complex beliefs construct, and there is very little quantitative evidence from which its unique relevance can be judged.

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Current Issue
Vol. 27. Issue 5.
(01 Setembro 2023)
Research from low-income and middle-income countries will benefit global health and the physiotherapy profession, but it requires support
Saurab Sharma, Arianne Verhagen, Mark Elkins, Jean-Michel Brismée, George D. Fulk, Jakub Taradaj, Lois Steen, Alan Jette, ... Rafael Zambelli Pinto
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100530
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Systematic Review
Effectiveness of interferential current in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain: a systematic review with meta-analysis
Érika P. Rampazo, Maurício A. Luz Júnior, Juliana B. Corrêa, Naiane T.B. de Oliveira, Irlei dos Santos, Richard E. Liebano, Leonardo O.P. Costa
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100549

  • Interferential current probably reduces pain intensity and disability immediately post-treatment compared to placebo in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain.

  • Interferential current may reduce pain, but not disability, immediately post-treatment compared to other interventions in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain.

  • Interferential current combined with other intervention (massage or exercises) may not further reduce pain intensity and disability compared to other interventions provided in isolation immediately post-treatment in patients with chronic non-specific low back pain.

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Affordance-based practice: An ecological-enactive approach to chronic musculoskeletal pain management
Daniela Virgínia Vaz, Peter Stilwell, Sabrina Coninx, Matthew Low, Craig Liebenson
Braz J Phys Ther. 2023;27:100554

  • The ecological-enactive approach to pain extends the biopsychosocial model.

  • Clinical reasoning and practice centers around affordances: opportunities for action.

  • Disabling pain is experienced as closed-off or “stuck” field of affordances.

  • Therapist and patient work together to make sense of pain, complexity, and uncertainty.

  • Together, they choose interventions aimed to “open-up” the field of affordances.

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Post-COVID-19 functional status scale: Cross-cultural adaptation and measurement properties of the Brazilian Portuguese version
Carina Araujo de Facio, Fernando Silva Guimarães, Augusto Gomes Teixeira da Cruz, Roberta Fernandes Bomfim, Silvia Regina Amorim Pires Miranda, Daiane Roberta Viana, Clarissa Cardoso dos Santos Couto Paz, Tatiana de Oliveira Sato, Valéria Amorim Pires Di Lorenzo
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The impact of digital physical therapy during COVID-19 lockdown in children with developmental disorders: A qualitative study
Alicia Portillo-Aceituno, Andrea Calderón-Bernal, Jorge Pérez-Corrales, César Fernández-de-las-Peñas, Domingo Palacios-Ceña, Javier Güeita-Rodríguez
Braz J Phys Ther. 2022;26:
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