Author(s): Rush PJ, Shore A
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Abstract We randomly surveyed 100 specialists in rehabilitation medicine and 100 rheumatologists concerning their perceptions of the value of 11 different physical modalities--cold, active and passive exercise, interferential current, laser, magnetotherapy, microwave, shortwave diathermy, traction, ultrasound and transcutaneous nerve stimulation in the treatment of seven different musculoskeletal conditions--acute arthritis, joint contracture, neck pain, back pain, tendinitis, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and frozen shoulder. There were significant differences in the perceived benefits of modalities which varied by modality and condition. Overall, rehabilitation medicine specialists regarded modalities to be helpful more often than rheumatologists (P < 0.001).
This article was published in Br J Rheumatol
and referenced in Journal of Novel Physiotherapies