Key word (S)

Satisfaction

  • Do physiotherapy telephone consultations for adult patients with musculoskeletal conditions affect patient satisfaction, condition specific outcomes and healthcare utilisation?

Self referral

  • What are the relative benefits of different models of access to Health Care Practitioners for musculoskeletal patients in Primary Care?

Sensory disturbance

  • Is day or night time splinting more effective than usual care in improving pain, function and reducing sensory disturbance in adults with Carpal Tunnel symptoms?

Shoulder

  • In adults with shoulder joint impingement is the intervention of stabilization exercises and/or postural correction versus any treatment or no intervention effective in reducing pain and increasing function?
  • Is a suprascapular nerve block an effective method of reducing pain and disability in adults with shoulder pain?
  • In patients with arthroscopic cuff repair, does early mobilistion improve pain and functional outcomes?

Shoulder impingements

  • In adults with shoulder joint impingement is the intervention of injecting the subacromial joint with 20mg of corticosteroid as effective as injecting with 40mg corticosteroid?

Shoulder joint

  • In adults with shoulder joint impingement is the intervention of injecting the subacromial joint with 20mg of corticosteroid as effective as injecting with 40mg corticosteroid?

Shoulder surgery

  • Are interscalene nerve blocks an effective means of delivering pain relief to patients following shoulder surgery?

Soft tissue

  • Is Trancutaneous Nerve Stimulation effective in Relieving pain in Acute Soft Tissue Injuries in Adults?
  • Is acupuncture an effective method of reducing pain in outpatient physiotherapy attendees with acute soft tissue injuries or fractures, compared to usual physiotherapy?

Spinal cord injury

  • In adults on bed rest with a foot drop due to traumatic spinal cord injury does a timed application of a Passive Ankle - Foot Orthosis (PAFO) prevent adaptive shortening of gastrocnemius in comparison to daily passive stretching undertaken by a healthcare professional?

Splinting

  • Is day or night time splinting more effective than usual care in improving pain, function and reducing sensory disturbance in adults with Carpal Tunnel symptoms?
  • In adults with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome who have had an injection, is immediate post-injection immobilisation splinting more effective than no splinting for symptoms of pins and needles, pain and function?
  • Is splinting more clinically effective and cost effective in decreasing pain and improving function in adults with DeQuervains syndrome than usual care?
  • Does exercise or splinting in the treatment of trigger finger reduce pain, improve range of movement, grip strength, function and return to work when compared with usual care?
  • In adults with trigger thumb/finger does splinting improve outcomes for pain and function compared to usual care? 

Splints

  • Following Anterior Talo-Fibular Ligament (ATFL) reconstruction in adult humans, does the use of an air-cast splint post op have any beneficial effect on pain, range and activities of daily living (ADL)?
  • In patients over the age of 40 with plantarfasciopathy, is wearing a night splint nightly for 3 monhs effective in reducing pain when compared to exercise therapy? 

Spurling Sign

  • In the adult population, does the spurlings sign/test have good senstivity* and specificity** in detecting cervical radiculopthy? 

Stabilisation exercises

  • In adults with shoulder joint impingement is the intervention of stabilization exercises and/or postural correction versus any treatment or no intervention effective in reducing pain and increasing function?

Steroid injection

  • Is splinting more clinically effective and cost effective in decreasing pain and improving function in adults with DeQuervains syndrome than usual care?
  • Would repeat steroid injections be more beneficial than physiotherapy targeted exercise for Trochanteric bursitis/trochanteric pain syndrome (TPS) in older females giving pain relief for over six months duration?
  • In adults with adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) does the use of distention injections improve pain, function and range of movement when compared to lower volume, steroid injections? 

Stretch

  • In adult humans with plantar fasciitis does a sustained stretch of the calf muscles or triceps surae have an beneficial effect on pain, range of movement and return to normal daily activity?

Strengthening exercises

  • In adults with chronic anterior knee pain are Vastus Medialis Oblique (VMO) strengthening exercises alone more effectively in reducing pain and improving function than general lower limb strengthening exercises? 

Stretching

  • In adult humans with peripheral musculoskeletal injury (who have not had previous repair) is the length of time of sustained active or passive stretching more effective than other aspects of stretching for increasing return to work function and activity?

Supraspinatis tendonitis

  • Is electrotherapy more effective than other physical therapy approaches in reducing pain and disability in adults with supraspinatus tendonitis?Is one modality of electrotherapy more effective than another?

Suprascapular nerve

  • In adults with chronic shoulder, pain is a nerve ablation procedure (for the suprascapular nerve) as effective in reducing pain in the long term, compared with usual care?

Suprascapular nerve block

  • Is a suprascapular nerve block an effective method of reducing pain and disability in adults with shoulder pain?

Surgery

  • Examine the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in primary flexor tendon repairs following surgical reconstruction at 12 weeks and 12 months in terms of pain, disability, function and return to work?
  • In adults with shoulder subacromial pain/subacromial impingement syndrome, is shoulder decompression surgery more clinically and cost effective than physiotherapy in reducing pain and improving function.

Swelling

  • Does the use of massage in the treatment of traumatic hand injury improve range of movement, grip strength, function, swelling and return to work when compared with usual care?