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Therapeutic exercise in physiotherapy practice is beneficial: a summary of systematic reviews 2002-2005.
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PMID:  17326734     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
QUESTION: Is therapeutic exercise of benefit? DESIGN: A summary of systematic reviews on therapeutic exercise published from 2002 to September 2005. PARTICIPANTS: People with neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, and other conditions who would be expected to consult a physiotherapist. INTERVENTION: Therapeutic exercise was defined as the prescription of a physical activity program that involves the client undertaking voluntary muscle contraction and/or body movement with the aim of relieving symptoms, improving function or improving, retaining or slowing deterioration of health. OUTCOME MEASURES: Effect of therapeutic exercise in terms of impairment, activity limitations, or participation restriction. RESULTS: The search yielded 38 systematic reviews of reasonable or good quality. The results provided high level evidence that therapeutic exercise was beneficial for patients across broad areas of physiotherapy practice, including people with conditions such as multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis of the knee, chronic low back pain, coronary heart disease, chronic heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Therapeutic exercise was more likely to be effective if it was relatively intense and there were indications that more targeted and individualised exercise programs might be more beneficial than standardised programs. There were few adverse events reported. However, in many areas of practice there was no evidence that one type of exercise was more beneficial than another. CONCLUSION: Therapeutic exercise was beneficial for patients across broad areas of physiotherapy practice. Further high quality research is required to determine the effectiveness of therapeutic exercise in emerging areas of practice.
Nicholas F Taylor; Karen J Dodd; Nora Shields; Andrea Bruder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian journal of physiotherapy     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0004-9514     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust J Physiother     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-02-28     Completed Date:  2007-04-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370615     Medline TA:  Aust J Physiother     Country:  Australia    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-16     Citation Subset:  IM    
Physiotherapy, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC, 3086, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiovascular Diseases / therapy
Exercise Therapy / methods
Lung Diseases / therapy
Musculoskeletal Diseases / therapy
Nervous System Diseases / therapy
Physical Therapy (Specialty) / trends
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Treatment Outcome

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