Quadriceps Tendon Tears Rehabilitation: A Narrative Review of the Literature

SUMMARY Introduction. Knee extensor apparatus tears are uncommon conditions, affecting middle aged men more than women. Quadriceps tendon ruptures are usually described as an acute consequence of a trauma that could be characterized by a direct or indirect mechanism. Surgical intervention is often required, and several repair techniques have been described. However, the current literature … Continued

Psychometric Properties of the Italian Version of the Total Disability Index in Patients with Spine Pain and Disability: An Italian Cross-Cultural Adaptation, Validation and Translation

SUMMARY Background. Low back pain and neck pain are musculoskeletal disorders with the highest prevalence in the adult population. Spinal practices usually use formal questionnaires to asses and quantify pain and disability in people that suffer from back and neck pain, the aim of this study was to describe the translation and cross-cultural adaptation process … Continued

Unveiling the Potential of Trigger Point Therapy: Exploring its Efficacy in Managing Muscular Spasticity – A Scoping Review

SUMMARY  Background. Dry needling is a therapeutic technique that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific trigger points to alleviate muscle pain and improve function. This review aims to summarize the evidence on the effectiveness of dry needling in the treatment of neurological conditions, with a specific focus on trigger point targeting. Methods. A … Continued

Radial Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (rESWT) is Non-Superior to Minimal-Dose rESWT for Patients with Chronic Patella Tendinopathy: A Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial

SUMMARY Objective. Investigating outcomes for patients with chronic patella tendinopathy following radial extra-corporeal shockwave therapy (rESWT). Methods. 22 patients with chronic patella tendinopathy were recruited for this DB-RCT from a single NHS Sports Medicine clinic. Participants were randomized equally to either 3 sessions of herapeutic-dose or minimal-dose rESWT respectively, alongside a structured and progressive home … Continued

Changes in Proprioceptive Control in the Menstrual Cycle: a Risk Factor for Injuries? A Proof-of-Concept Study

SUMMARY Introduction. Over the past three decades, there has been an increase in female sport participation attributable to the growing development and investment in professional women’s sports. For an effective preventive strategy, it is necessary to analyze all risk factors that expose women to a higher probability of incurring injuries. The aim of our study … Continued

Night Splints in Plantar Fasciitis: A Systematic Review

SUMMARY Introduction. Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a subcalcaneal pain syndrome that affects 10-16% of the world’s population. The use of foot and ankle splinting allows the talocrural joints to be in anatomical position, reducing the contracture and tension generated by pain and PF. Objective. To review the literature on the effectiveness of night splinting in plantar fasciitis. Materials and … Continued

The Italian Consensus Conference on FAI Syndrome in Athletes (Cotignola Agreement)

SUMMARY Background. Femoro-acetabular impingement (FAI) is an important topic in literature because of its strong relationship with sport populations. Methods. Sixty-five experts participated in “this Consensus Conference (CC)”. They discussed, voted and approved a consensus document on the FAI syndrome in athletes. Results. The CC experts approved document provided suggestions concerning: 1) Epidemiology of FAI; … Continued

Cross Cultural Adaptation and Multi Centric Validation of The Italian Version of The Tegner Activity Scale

SUMMARY Background. This study aims to adapt the Tegner Activity Scale (TAS) to Italian language and establish its reliability and validity in patients after anterior cruciate liga­ment reconstruction. It was hypnotized the Italian version of the TAS have acceptable psychometric proper­ties for use with the Italian population. Methods. This is an observational multicenter study. The … Continued

Kinesiotaping for the Treatment of Haematomas in Haemophiliacs: a Case Control Study

SUMMARY Introduction. Intramuscular hemorrhages are the second most common type of bleeding in patients with haemophilia. In haemophilic patients, muscle bleeding causes pain and postural defects and requires a long healing time. Aim. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of kinesiotaping, in combination with functional rehabilitation and CO2 laser therapy, in … Continued

Efficacy of a 6-Week Supervised Strengthening Exercise Program with EMG-Biofeedback in Patients with Muscular Dystrophy: a Randomized Controlled Trial

SUMMARY Background. Although previous trials investigated the effectiveness of exercise training programs in muscular dystrophy (MD) patients, we faced a lack of evidence on biofeedback. This study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of a 6-week supervised strengthening exercise training program with electromyography-Biofeedback (EMG-BFB) on muscle strength, motor function, and balance of MD patients. … Continued