Important elements for rehab in work related shoulder pain.


Annelies Maenhout, New in

Both individuals and society experience serious consequences of work disability associated with workrelated musculoskeletal disorders. Shoulder pain is common in overhead workers, often requiring them to seek help from medical professionals. Return to work after shoulder rehabilitation is not always successfull and recurrence of shoulder pain at work can occur when professional activities (again loading […]

September 9, 2021

Is an online consultation for shoulder pain reliable and valid?


Ann Cools, New in

This was the question the Master students Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy from Ghent University Léonie Lejon, Yao Lin, and Silke Schotte wanted to answer with their project. The covid pandemic has forced us to examine, treat and guide patients with shoulder pain through internet communication as an alternative for the usual care in vivo. Many […]

July 5, 2021

What can we learn from evidence on exercise therapy for shoulder pain in overhead workers?


Annelies Maenhout, New in

Return to work is a challenge in shoulder rehabilitation for patients participating in jobs with high requirements for the shoulder like for example construction workers, dentists or domestic helpers. From working with these patients I recognize three pitfalls related to exercise therapy, that might contribute (among other factors) to early failure of return to work […]

April 23, 2021

Predictors of failure after conservative treatment of symptomatic partial-thickness rotator cuff tear.


Dorien Borms, New in

Conservative treatment is considered as the first-line treatment for partial-thickness rotator cuff tears (PTRCT) while surgical treatment is generally indicated in patients with failure of conservative treatment for 3-6 months and in younger patients with a traumatic tear. Although more research is needed concerning (the effectiveness) of conservative treatment management, it could be interesting for […]

February 20, 2020

Who will redislocate his/her shoulder? Predicting recurrent instability following a first traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation


Ann Cools, New in

The incidence of a traumatic shoulder dislocation is 23/100 000 persons/year with a recurrence rate from 26% up to 92%. Incidence of a first time traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation (FTASD) is higher in contact sports, and recurrence rate depends upon risk factors that may be modifiable (such as activity level) or non-modifiable (such as age […]

January 10, 2020

Exercise guidelines for multidirectional shoulder instability


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The hypermobility type of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders By Valentien Spanhove, PT and PhD researcher @Ghent University Hypermobility disorders range from asymptomatic joint hypermobility, through Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSD), to the hypermobility type of the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (hEDS) (Malfait et al. AJMG 2017). While patients with hEDS are characterized by signs of […]

October 28, 2019

Subacromial pain syndrome: exercise therapy or subacromial decompression surgery? That’s the question!


Dorien Borms, New in

Subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS)  is the most common diagnosis for shoulder pain. Subacromail decompression, which is the removal of the subacromial bursa with some bone from the anteroinferior surface of the acromion is a common treatment option for  SAPS in order to prevent impingement of the rotator cuff tendons. Although the decision of whether or […]

March 7, 2019

Comparison of 2 rehabilitation programs for multidirectional MDI: which exercise program is the best and what is the rationale behind it?


Birgit Castelein, New in

A new study of Warby et al. (2018, BJSM) compared 2 exercise programs of 12 weeks in patients with non-traumatic multidirectional instability. The effect on function and satisfaction (with questionnaires investigating instability, such as WOSI & MISS) and pain, muscle strength, scapular movement was investigated at 6, 12 and 24 weeks. Participants attended a weekly […]

January 11, 2019

Is a non-operative treatment an effective and long-lasting option for patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears?


Birgit Castelein, New in

Both surgical repair as conservative management may serve as treatment options for patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears. It is important to know if conservative treatment has also a successful result in the long-term. Boorman et al. (2018, JSES) examined 5-year outcomes of patients with chronic full-thickness rotator cuff tears previously enrolled in a nonoperative, […]

January 11, 2019

Does evidence support practice in overhead athlete exercise prescription?


Annelies Maenhout, New in

Results and thoughts on “Exercise prescription for overhead athletes with shoulder pathology: a systematic review with best evidence synthesis.” (Wright et al., 2018) This interesting review summarizes the evidence on exercise prescription for overhead athletes with shoulder pathology. The authors included 6 level I-IV studies and 33 level V studies. They extracted a list of exercises […]

November 14, 2018