Gentle exercises for Parsonage Turner


Ann Cools, Clinical Pearls

Parsonage-Turner syndrome (PTS) is an uncommon neurological disorder characterized by rapid and idiopathic onset of severe pain in the shoulder and arm. It involves mainly the plexus brachialis and/or the n. thoracicus longus or accessorius. Often the patient reports getting up in the morning with a painful arm and a substantial scapular malpositioning (“I felt […]

July 19, 2019

Message in a physio-bottle: what can we tell our patients and more importantly, how?


Ann Cools, Clinical Pearls

Efficient communication with patients is challenging but crucial in our shared pathway through rehabilitation. There is a great body of evidence highlighting the importance of acknowledging the psycho-social and emotional context of the patient (De Baets et al. 2019), efficient communication (Bukstein et al. 2016),  shared decision making, and patient centered approach (Wijma et al. […]

July 5, 2019

Clinical examination of the shoulder: time to change direction from diagnosing the structural diagnosis towards symptom modification tests.


Ann Cools, Clinical Pearls

The purpose of the physical examination of a patient with shoulder pain is multifactorial. The clinician seeks information about tissue irritability, pain mechanisms, activity and participation limits, the patient’s expectations and goals etc…During the clinical examination, one of the purposes it to examine possible underlying biomechanical factors causing or perpetuating the current movement limitations and/or […]

January 11, 2019

Exercise Therapy in the non-operative treatment of degenerative rotator cuff tears: which exercises should we prescribe?


Ann Cools, Clinical Pearls

Recent studies have shown that patients with degenerative rotator cuff (RC) tears have similar good results from an exercise program compared to surgical intervention (Jeanfavre M et al. IJSPT 2018). In the conservative treatment of RC tears, it is advised to use function-based rather than structure-based exercises. In other words it is much more important […]

January 11, 2019