Critical Appraisals - Orthopaedic Rehabilitation



Clinical Scenario

Does Occupational Therapy intervention improve functional abilities for adults with muscular skeletal disorders?

Lysaght, R, Donnely, C & Luong, D, 2010, ‘Best practices in the rehabilitation of acute musculoskeletal disorders in workers with injuries: An integrative review and analysis of evolving trends’, Work, vol. 35, pp. 319-333.

What is the effectiveness of workplace based interventions for workers with musculo-skeletal injuries?

Schellekens, J, Abma, F, Mulders, H & Brouwer, S 2010, ‘Measuring Clients’ Perception of Functional Limitations using the Perceived Functioning & Health Questionnaire’, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, vol. 20, pp. 512-525.


Clinical Scenario

For adults diagnosed with CVA, what is the effectiveness of using BIT (bilateral arm training) to improve upper limb function?

Wu, C, Chuang, L, Lin, K, et al. 2011, ‘Randomised trial of distributed constraint-induced therapy versus bilateral arm training for the rehabilitation of upper-limb motor control and function after stroke’, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 130-139.

What interventions are effective in reducing oedema and improving function in patients with hand swelling or oedema?

Knygsand-Roenhoej, K & Maribo, T 2011, ‘A randomized clinical controlled study comparing the effect of modified manual edema mobilization treatment with traditional edema technique in patients with a fracture of the distal radius’, Journal of Hand Therapy, vol. 24, pp. 184-194.


Clinical Scenario

What is the effectiveness of therapeutic ultrasound in improving symptoms in patients with low back pain?

Costa, L, Maher, C, Latimer, J et al. 2009, ‘Motor control exercise for chronic low back pain: a randomized controlled trial’, Physical Therapy, vol. 89, no. 12, pp. 1275-1286.

What is the impact of multidisciplinary rehbilitation compared to medical management alone?

Durmus, D, Durmaz, Y & Canturk, F 2010, ‘Effects of therapeutic ultrasound and electrical stimulation program on pain, trunk muscle strength, disability, walking performance quality of life, and depression in patients with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial’, Rheumatology International, vol. 30, no. 10, pp. 901-910.


Clinical Scenario

Does hydrotherapy lead to better outcomes than land therapy in patients who underwent total knee arthroplasty?

Giaquinto, S, Ciotola, E, Dall’Armi, V & Margutti, F 2010, ‘Hydrotherapy after total hip arthroplasty: A follow-up study’, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, vol. 50, pp. 92-95.

What is the efficacy of pre-fabricated orthosis to treat lower limb problems such as knee pain?

Barton, CJ, Munteanu, SE, Menz, HB & Crossley, KM 2010, ‘The efficacy of foot orthoses in the treatment of individuals with Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A systematic review’, Sports Medicine, vol. 40, no. 5, pp. 377-395.

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