Read summaries of current research studies in the field of physiotherapy and rehab curated by our registered physiotherapist


An excellent new study that looks at the beneficial therapeutic effect of adding manual joint mobilization to a stretching protocol
Clin Rehabil. 2016 Aug;30(8):786-94

A randomized clinical trial recently published in Clinical Rehabilitation demonstrated that joint mobilizations performed by a trained Physiotherapist can help with recovery from frozen shoulder. Patients who underwent a six-week program of joint mobilizations in addition to a typical stretching program showed a greater increase in shoulder abduction and external rotation range of motion at 6 weeks. These patients also reported a greater increase in their shoulder function. These results continued to hold when measured one year later!


Study outcome that examines exercise therapy and rehabilitation that occurs immediately following surgery, with respect to rupture of the Achilles tendon.
Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Jul;24(7):2148-55.

A recent study published in the journal Knee Surgery, Sport Traumatology, Arthroscopy showed that patients who have undergone an Achilles tendon repair will have a much better outcome if they start post-operative rehabilitation early compared with those patients who are immobilized in a cast after surgery. The early physiotherapy group had much better clinical outcomes and faster tendon regeneration. They also had fewer complications such as calcium deposits in the tendon, ankle joint stiffness or osteoporosis. If you get your Achilles tendon repaired get to a physiotherapist as soon as possible!


Low back pain responds to manual therapy and exercises better when they are specifically tailored to a patient rather than simply given general exercise.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Mar 22;17(1):135

A study in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders (Mar 2016) has demonstrated the superiority of the type of exercise prescription we use at Cornerstone Physiotherapy. 70 patients were split into two groups. The first got “general exercise” and the second was given a focused program based on the findings of an assessment to classify their back pain. The patients who received this focused program had significantly greater improvements in their physical function, reduced disability and required less pain medication than the ‘general exercise’ group.

General exercise is a common recommendation given to people who suffer from back pain. This study clearly shows that a Physiotherapist trained to properly diagnose the type of back pain you have, and skillfully prescribe the most appropriate exercises will yield much better results. At Cornerstone Physiotherapy our Physiotherapists have all received advanced training in the assessment, diagnosis and classification of low back pain. They are the perfect Physiotherapists to help guide you to heal as fast as possible.


Initial physiotherapy screening increases accuracy of selecting appropriate treatment
Manual Therapy 2014 Oct

20% of patients that go to a primary care doctor for musculoskeletal pain are referred to an orthopaedic surgeon. But only a small percentage of those patients are surgical candidates. This results in long wait times and a frustrating patient experience. This study demonstrated that Physiotherapists can screen musculoskeletal patients with a high degree of accuracy only referring those patients on to surgeons that require intervention. Physiotherapists are skilled diagnosticians that should be consulted early and often when it comes to musculoskeletal pain.