Directly from the UK: Advice Plus Physical Therapy No Better Than Just Advice for Shoulder Dislocation

For adults with a first-time traumatic shoulder dislocation, advice plus physical therapy appears to be no better than advice with the option to self-refer to physical therapy, according to a study published online Jan. 17 in The BMJ.

Rebecca S. Kearney, Ph.D., from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and colleagues examined the effects of an additional program of physical therapy in 242 adults with a first-time traumatic shoulder dislocation compared with 240 adults with a single session of advice, supporting materials, and option to self-refer to physical therapy in a pragmatic, multicenter, randomized controlled trial. The primary outcome, measured six months after treatment allocation, was the Oxford shoulder instability score.

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