New Guidelines for Electrical Stimulation Parameters in Adult Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis Based on a Systematic Review of the Current Literature

Conclusions For the first time, our review provides standardized clinical treatment parameters for neuromuscular electrical stimulation to be included in a strengthening program for the adult patient with knee OA. To Claim CME Credits Complete the self-assessment activity and evaluation online at http://www.physiatry.org/JournalCME CME Objectives Upon completion of this article, the reader should be able to: (1) Recall the impact of quadriceps femoris weakness on joint stability; (2) Summarize the mechanism of action of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) on reducing pain and increasing muscle strength; and (3) Plan the clinical treatment parameters of NMES to be included in a strengthening program for an adult patient with knee osteoarthritis. Level Advanced. Accreditation The Association of Academic Physiatrists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Association of Academic Physiatrists designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Source: American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: CME Article . 2020 Series . Number 8 Source Type: research

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This study aimed to compare the efficacy of four treatments in the management of knee osteoarthritis. We carried out a randomized clinical trial with four study arms in an outpatient Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at a University Hospital. In total, 120 patients with knee osteoarthritis ≥50 years of age were randomly allocated to four groups. The primary outcome was knee pain in visual analog scale and the secondary outcome was the Knee Injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score. The exercise was prescribed daily for all participants throughout the study. For physical therapy (group 1), participants rec...
Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
The objective of this review is to provide an update of current minimally invasive therapies for the treatment of pain stemming from hip osteoarthritis; these include intra-articular injection of medication, regenerative therapies, and radiofrequency ablation.
Source: Current Pain and Headache Reports - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Discussion Myofascial pain is pain from muscle or fascia, and usually associated with myofascial trigger points which are “…a highly localized, hyperirritable spot in a palpable, taut band of skeletal muscle fibers.” Trigger points are common reasons people, especially adults, seek relief in primary care or pain clinic settings. Athletes may also complain of pain caused by them. They are treated in a variety of ways, none of which used as a single method is successful for all individuals. Muscle “…stretching, massage, ischemic compression, laser therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimu...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Imagine you’re walking along and suddenly experience excruciating knee pain. Though it initially seems stuck in one position, after a minute or two you can limp along home, but just barely. At your doctor’s visit, an x-ray is normal but symptoms continue for weeks. An MRI is performed and now you have an explanation: a torn meniscus. (Two menisci — rubbery cartilage pads that act as shock absorbers — separate the bottom of your knee bone from the top of your shin bone.) A month later, you’re no better despite rest, pain medicines, and physical therapy. It’s time for surgery to fix it, ri...
Source: Harvard Health Blog - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Injuries Osteoarthritis Pain Management Surgery Source Type: blogs
CONCLUSIONS: Compared to placebo, there was a beneficial effect of PEMF therapy on pain, stiffness, and physical function in patients with OA. Duration of treatment may not be a critical factor in pain management. Further studies are required to confirm effects of PEMF therapy on QOL. IMPACT STATEMENT: Our study suggests that PEMF therapy has clinically significant effects on pain in patients with OA. The current evidence was limited to the short-term effects of PEMF therapy. PMID: 32251502 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: Phys Ther Source Type: research
Date: April 20, 2020 Issue #:  1596Summary:  Many different drugs are used for treatment of osteoarthritis pain, but none of them prevent progression of the disease. Nonpharmacologic approaches including weight management, exercise, tai chi, physical therapy, assistive devices, and total joint arthroplasty can also be used. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) has published new guidelines for the management of osteoarthritis of the hip, hand, and knee.
Source: The Medical Letter - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Acetaminophen Advil Aleve Anaprox Aspercreme Aspirin capsaicin Celebrex Celecoxib chondroitin ConZip corticosteroids Cymbalta Cytotec depo-medrol Diclofenac Duloxetine Durela etodolac Fenoprofen Flector Flurbiprof Source Type: research
Conclusion: The current review identified strong, high-quality evidence to recommend hip muscle strengthening in the conservative management of persons with knee OA. Further research is needed to establish the underlying mechanisms for the clinical benefits.
Source: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Tags: Systematic Reviews Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Physical therapists commonly include range of movement and muscle strength exercises when managing people with knee OA. However, they were less confident in prescribing aerobic exercise and recommending weight and pain management strategies. IMPACT: Apart from the need to upskill physical therapists in the aforementioned areas of clinical practice, the role of a physical therapist in the management of people with knee OA requires further clarification. PMID: 32239158 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Physical Therapy - Category: Physiotherapy Authors: Tags: Phys Ther Source Type: research
Polzer H Abstract OBJECTIVE: Arthroscopic tibiotalocalcaneal arthrodesis (TTCA) aims at reconstructing a pain-free, orthograde, and functional limb with reduced invasiveness and lower complication rates compared to open arthrodesis. INDICATIONS: Combined osteoarthritis of the ankle and subtalar joint or hindfoot malalignment. CONTRAINDICATIONS: Osteomyelitis/deep soft tissue infections, talus necrosis, severe deformity of hindfoot or distal tibia, pronounced boney defect, indication for combined total ankle replacement and subtalar fusion. SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: Patient in supine position; arthros...
Source: Operative Orthopadie und Traumatologie - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Oper Orthop Traumatol Source Type: research
Conclusion: In most cases, chronic injuries are far more common than acute tears. Because of the nonspecific and slowly progressive symptoms, patients are often misdiagnosed with radiculopathy, osteoarthritis, or trochanteric bursitis. Patients typically present to the clinic with an insidious onset of dull pain over the lateral hip. This pain is often worse when lying on the affected side. Certain gluteal-focused movements, such as climbing stairs, may exacerbate the pain. To our knowledge, our report is only the third case of acute traumatic tear of the gluteus medius and gluteus minimus reported in the literature. P...
Source: Ochsner Journal - Category: General Medicine Tags: Ochsner J Source Type: research
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