New Advances in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

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Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Brandenburg/Havel, Brandenburg Medical School Theodor Fontane, Brandenburg, Germany
Interests: rehabilitation; sensor-based monitoring; return-to-sport testing; systematic reviews; outcome measurements; implementation science
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Ergonomics and Biomedical Monitoring Laboratory, Department of Physiotherapy, Wroclaw Medical University, 50-367 Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: return-to-sport decision making; biomedical monitoring; isokinetics; knee joint; physiotherapy; rehabilitation; surface electromyography
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Dear Colleagues,

The disciplines of physiotherapy and rehabilitation are experiencing fundamental changes in recent years. They are facing new challenges and new opportunity. A lack of staff, the aging population, the influence of climate, war, migration, and dwindling resources, and, especially, the divergation between research findings and clinical practice challenges lead to new needs in the field.

On the other side, a growing body of literature, technical as well as digital advances, including sensor- and app-based therapies, and the usage of artificial intelligence in routine work are opportunities to address these needs.

The disciplines are driven by a wide range of activities. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation specialists aim to develop valuable prognostic test batteries for return-to-sport decision-making purposes after injuries and accompany individual rehab components. Some are aware of the need to provide more sufficient treatment options for the aging population, like digitally supported or home-based approaches. Additionally, other rehabilitation specialists deal with more method-based approaches, like implementation science, the value of automated reviews, or artificial intelligence for the discipline. The Special Issue aims to cover a wide range of fundamental influential advances in both physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Dr. Robert Prill
Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Królikowska
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Keywords

  • physiotherapy
  • sports
  • training
  • musculoskeletal
  • medicine
  • orthopedics
  • biofeedback
  • biomechanics
  • implementation

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Mediating the Connection: The Role of Pain in the Relationship between Shoulder Muscle Strength, Joint Position Sense, and Sub-Acromial Impingement Syndrome
by Fareed F. Alfaya, Ravi Shankar Reddy, Mastour Saeed Alshahrani, Batool Abdulelah Alkhamis, Ajay Prashad Gautam, Debjani Mukherjee, Raee S. Alqhtani, Hussain Saleh H. Ghulam, Saeed Al Adal, Mohammed A. M. Jarrar and Muhammed Sufyan
Appl. Sci. 2023, 13(21), 11944; https://doi.org/10.3390/app132111944 - 31 Oct 2023
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Sub-acromial Impingement Syndrome (SIS) is a prevalent shoulder pathology characterized by pain, muscle weakness, and altered joint position sense (JPS). This prospective study aimed to comprehensively assess the relationship between shoulder muscle strength, JPS, and pain in individuals with SIS. A total of [...] Read more.
Sub-acromial Impingement Syndrome (SIS) is a prevalent shoulder pathology characterized by pain, muscle weakness, and altered joint position sense (JPS). This prospective study aimed to comprehensively assess the relationship between shoulder muscle strength, JPS, and pain in individuals with SIS. A total of 100 participants, including 50 with SIS and 50 healthy controls, underwent shoulder muscle strength testing and JPS evaluation in various directions (flexion, abduction, medial rotation, and lateral rotation). Pain intensity was quantified using a visual analog scale. Correlation analyses were conducted to explore the associations between muscle strength, JPS, and pain, with Cohen’s d values indicating the effect size. Individuals with SIS exhibited significantly lower shoulder muscle strength and greater JPS errors compared to the healthy controls (p < 0.001, Cohen’s d = 0.51 to 0.84). The results showed strong positive correlations between muscle strength and JPS in all assessed directions (p < 0.001, with r values ranging from 0.35 to 0.62). Mediation analysis revealed that pain partially mediated the relationship between muscle strength and JPS in all directions (p < 0.005). This study highlights the multifaceted nature of SIS, emphasizing the coexistence of muscle weakness, proprioceptive impairments, and pain. The findings underscore the importance of addressing these factors in the comprehensive rehabilitation of individuals with SIS to optimize functional outcomes and enhance their quality of life. Full article
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Patient and Provider Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to the Acceptance of Pain Neuroscience Education in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Conditions: A Qualitative Systematic Review Protocol
by Lukas Kühn, Nils Lennart Reiter, Eileen Wengemuth and Kyung-Eun (Anna) Choi
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(2), 571; https://doi.org/10.3390/app14020571 - 9 Jan 2024
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Objective: To identify and map barriers and facilitators to the acceptance of pain neuroscience education for chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions. Introduction: Pain neuroscience education aims to reconceptualize the understanding of the biology of pain. This includes the acknowledgment of physiological and psychological processes [...] Read more.
Objective: To identify and map barriers and facilitators to the acceptance of pain neuroscience education for chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions. Introduction: Pain neuroscience education aims to reconceptualize the understanding of the biology of pain. This includes the acknowledgment of physiological and psychological processes relevant to pain experiences to ultimately change maladaptive beliefs and behaviors. Pain neuroscience education in chronic musculoskeletal pain conditions has been demonstrated to positively influence relevant treatment outcomes. Inclusion criteria: Only qualitative studies will be included. The population will include patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain and healthcare providers involved in pain management. The phenomenon of interest encompasses educational interventions on the biology and psychology of pain, which aim to reconceptualize patients’ understanding of pain. Methods: A comprehensive search strategy will be conducted on MEDLINE (PubMed), Web of Science, PsycInfo, and CINHAL. Two reviewers will independently conduct the study selection process, critical appraisal, data extraction, and data synthesis. Discrepancies will be resolved by a third reviewer. The assessment of methodological quality will be guided by JBI’s critical appraisal checklist for qualitative research. Qualitative data synthesis will follow the JBI SUMARI meta-aggregation approach. Considerations of the certainty in the results will be reported in accordance with a ConQual Summary of Findings. Full article
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