PT Inquest Episode 44: Steroid Injection vs Manual Physical Therapy

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In Episode 44 we look at comparing corticosteroid injection with “manual” physical therapy with special guest Adam Meakins (@adammeakins). What do they mean by “manual” physical therapy? Were the effects of either treatment very impressive? What does a study like this mean for the profession?

One-year outcome of subacromial corticosteroid injection compared with manual physical therapy for the management of the unilateral shoulder impingement syndrome: a pragmatic randomized trial.
Rhon DI, Boyles RB, Cleland JA.
Annals of Internal Medicine. Published online August 5, 2014.

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Adam mentioned liking the approach to evaluating and treating shoulder pain used by Jeremy Lewis. Here is a link to Lewis’ overview article from BJSM.

Music for Episode 44:
“The Science of Selling Yourself Short” by Less Than Jake
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