Patients with low back pain and movement control impairment show altered spinal movement patterns. This review of randomised controlled trials looked at a total of 781 patients, and suggests there is “very low to moderate quality” evidence of a positive effect of movement control exercise. Read more
Tests such as the seated slump test aim to identify neurodynamic mobility impairments. The authors of this paper sought to investigate the immediate effects of thoracic spine thrust manipulation on neurodynamic mobility. They randomly allocated 48 individuals to two groups, thrust or mobilisation. Read more
Running injuries are very common. The authors of this paper sought to investigate injury risk factors. These varied by gender, age and training pattern. 3,768 runners completed a questionnaire 4 weeks before a run and one week afterwards. Statistical models for short- and long-distance runners did not differ significantly. Read more
This study recruited 60 women with fibromyalgia. 30 were randomly chosen to participate in a resistance exercise programme. The other 30 participated in a relaxation program based on “sophrology”, a technique aimed at achieving serenity. No differences in pain were found between the groups. Read more
The next meeting of the Leeds research hub will be looking at professional burnout and how to promote resilience in clinicians Read more
This study explores the selection criteria used in trials of treatments for non-sepcific low back pain. 168 studies were included. Two inclusion themes were identified: anatomical area, and symptoms and signs. Exclusion criteria comprised 21 themes, the most common being: previous or scheduled surgery, pregnancy, malignancy, trauma and psychological conditions. Read more
Symptoms of preoperative anxiety and depression occur in approximately one-third of patients with chronic back pain undergoing surgery.
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An article in press in the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine suggests that the Lancet’s recent series on low back pain is a call to action for osteopaths
NCOR are launching a virtual research advice drop-in service for osteopaths who are interested in conducting research.
Do you have an idea for a research project? Are you interested in how to conduct research relating to osteopathic practice? Are you wondering how to apply for funding? Read more
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) questionnaires are increasingly being used across the whole of healthcare as an acceptable way of quickly and easily recording a patient’s own opinion of the effect of their treatment. Standardised and reliable, PROMs allows individual osteopaths to collect data on their practice and compare it to a national benchmark. Read more