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Therapy interventions & rehabilitation


Stretch for the treatment and prevention of contractures.
Harvey LA, Katalinic OM, Herbert RD, Moseley AM, Lannin NA, Schurr K.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan 9;1:CD007455. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007455.pub3.

Physiotherapy for pain and disability in adults with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) types I and II.
Smart KM, Wand BM, O'Connell NE.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Feb 24;2:CD010853. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010853.pub2.

The validity and clinical utility of the Disabilities of the Arm Shoulder and Hand questionnaire for hand injuries in developing country contexts: A systematic review.
de Klerk S, Buchanan H, Jerosch-Herold C.
J Hand Ther. 2017 Nov 2. pii: S0894-1130(17)30111-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.10.004. [Epub ahead of print]

The use of neurodynamic techniques in the conservative treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome - A critical appraisal of the literature.
Wolny T.
Ortop Traumatol Rehabil. 2017 Oct 31;19(5):427-440.

Somatosensory stimulation to improve hand and upper limb function after stroke-a systematic review with meta-analyses.
Grant VM, Gibson A, Shields N.
Top Stroke Rehabil. 2017 Oct 20:1-11. doi: 10.1080/10749357.2017.1389054. [Epub ahead of print]

Postoperative rehabilitation following thumb base surgery: a systematic review of the literature.
Wouters RM, Tsehaie J, Hovius SER, Dilek B, Selles RW.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Oct 10. pii: S0003-9993(17)31261-3. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.09.114. [Epub ahead of print]

Carpal tunnel syndrome: Effectiveness of physical therapy and electrophysical modalities. An updated systematic review of randomized controlled trials.
Huisstede BMA, Hoogvliet P, Franke TPC, Randsdorp MS, Koes BW.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Sep 20. pii: S0003-9993(17)31094-8. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.08.482. [Epub ahead of print]

Prescribed exercise programs may not be effective in reducing impairments and improving activity during upper limb fracture rehabilitation: a systematic review.
Bruder AM, Shields N, Dodd KJ, Taylor NF.
J Physiother. 2017 Sep 20. pii: S1836-9553(17)30107-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jphys.2017.08.009. [Epub ahead of print]

Effectiveness of myofascial release in treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain: a systematic review.
Laimi K, Mäkilä A, Bärlund E, Katajapuu N, Oksanen A, Seikkula V, Karppinen J, Saltychev M.
Clin Rehabil. 2017 Sep 1:269215517732820. doi: 10.1177/0269215517732820. [Epub ahead of print]

Effectiveness of edema management techniques for subacute hand edema: A systematic review.
Miller LK, Jerosch-Herold C, Shepstone L.
J Hand Ther. 2017 Aug 11. pii: S0894-1130(16)30228-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.05.011. [Epub ahead of print]

Median nerve mobilization techniques in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: A systematic review.
Lim YH, Chee DY, Girdler S, Lee HC.
J Hand Ther. 2017 Jul 29. pii: S0894-1130(17)30214-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.06.019. [Epub ahead of print]

Effects of robot-assisted therapy for the upper limb after stroke.
Veerbeek JM, Langbroek-Amersfoort AC, van Wegen EE, Meskers CG, Kwakkel G.
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2017 Feb;31(2):107-121. doi: 10.1177/1545968316666957. Epub 2016 Sep 24.

The effectiveness of neural mobilization for neuro-musculoskeletal conditions: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Basson A, Olivier B, Ellis R, Coppieters M, Stewart A, Mudzi W.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2017 Jul 13:1-76. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.7117. [Epub ahead of print]

Hand therapy interventions, outcomes, and diagnoses evaluated over the last 10 years: A mapping review linking research to practice.
Takata SC, Wade ET, Roll SC.
J Hand Ther. 2017 Jun 21. pii: S0894-1130(16)30277-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.05.018. [Epub ahead of print]

The effects of resistance training on muscle strength, joint pain, and hand function in individuals with hand osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Magni NE, McNair PJ, Rice DA.
Arthritis Res Ther. 2017 Jun 13;19(1):131. doi: 10.1186/s13075-017-1348-3.

Evidence of benefit of telerehabitation after orthopedic surgery: A systematic review.
Pastora-Bernal JM, Martín-Valero R, Barón-López FJ, Estebanez-Pérez MJ.
J Med Internet Res. 2017 Apr 28;19(4):e142. doi: 10.2196/jmir.6836.

The optimal orthosis and motion protocol for extensor tendon injury in zones IV-VIII: A systematic review.
Wong AL, Wilson M, Girnary S, Nojoomi M, Acharya S, Paul SM.
J Hand Ther. 2017 Apr 8. pii: S0894-1130(17)30061-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2017.02.013. [Epub ahead of print]

Interactive wearable systems for upper body rehabilitation: a systematic review.
Wang Q, Markopoulos P, Yu B, Chen W, Timmermans A.
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 Mar 11;14(1):20. doi: 10.1186/s12984-017-0229-y.

Effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for adults with musculoskeletal conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: A systematic review.
Roll SC, Hardison ME.
Am J Occup Ther. 2017 Jan/Feb;71(1):7101180010p1-7101180010p12. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2017.023234.

Effectiveness of nerve gliding exercises on carpal tunnel syndrome: a systematic review.
Ballestero-Pérez R, Plaza-Manzano G, Urraca-Gesto A, Romo-Romo F, Atín-Arratibel ML, Pecos-Martín D, Gallego-Izquierdo T, Romero-Franco N.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2017 Jan;40(1):50-59. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2016.10.004. Epub 2016 Nov 11.

Update on the effects of graded motor imagery and mirror therapy on complex regional pain syndrome type 1: A systematic review.
Méndez-Rebolledo G, Gatica-Rojas V, Torres-Cueco R, Albornoz-Verdugo M, Guzmán-Muñoz E.
J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil. 2016 Nov 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Relative motion orthoses in the management of various hand conditions: A scoping review.
Hirth MJ, Howell JW, O'Brien L.
J Hand Ther. 2016 Oct - Dec;29(4):405-432. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2016.07.001. Epub 2016 Oct 25.

The effectiveness of home hand exercise programmes in rheumatoid arthritis: a systematic review.
Hammond A, Prior Y.
Br Med Bull. 2016 Sep;119(1):49-62. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldw024. Epub 2016 Jun 30.

Examining hand dominance using dynamometric grip strength testing as evidence for overwork weakness in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Roberts-Clarke D, Fornusek C, Fiatarone Singh MA, Burns J, Hackett DA.
Int J Rehabil Res. 2016 Sep;39(3):189-96. doi: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000174.

Effectiveness of acupuncture therapies to manage musculoskeletal disorders of the extremities: a systematic review.
Cox J, Varatharajan S, Côté P, Optima Collaboration.
J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2016 Jun;46(6):409-29. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2016.6270.

Multimodal care for the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand: a systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.
Sutton D, Gross DP, Côté P, Randhawa K, Yu H, Wong JJ, Stern P, Varatharajan S, Southerst D, Shearer HM, Stupar M, Goldgrub R, van der Velde G, Nordin M, Carroll LJ, Taylor-Vaisey A.
Chiropr Man Therap. 2016 Mar 7;24:8. doi: 10.1186/s12998-016-0089-8. eCollection 2016.

Effectiveness of physical and occupational therapy on pain, function and quality of life in patients with trapeziometacarpal osteoarthritis - A systematic review and meta-analysis.
Aebischer B, Elsig S, Taeymans J.
Hand Ther. 2016 Mar;21(1):5-15. Epub 2015 Nov 4.

The effectiveness of soft-tissue therapy for the management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the upper and lower extremities: a systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.
Piper S, Shearer HM, Côté P, Wong JJ, Yu H, Varatharajan S, Southerst D, Randhawa KA, Sutton DA, Stupar M, Nordin MC, Mior SA, van der Velde GM, Taylor-Vaisey AL.
Man Ther. 2016 Feb;21:18-34. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2015.08.011. Epub 2015 Aug 29.

The effectiveness of structured patient education for the management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the extremities: a systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.
Randhawa K, Côté P, Gross DP, Wong JJ, Yu H, Sutton D, Southerst D, Varatharajan S, Mior S, Stupar M, Shearer HM, Lindsay GM, Jacobs C, Taylor-Vaisey A.
J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2015 Dec;59(4):349-62.

The effectiveness of exercise for the management of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand: a systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.
Menta R, Randhawa K, Côté P, Wong JJ, Yu H, Sutton D, Varatharajan S, Southerst D, D'Angelo K, Cox J, Brown C, Dion S, Mior S, Stupar M, Shearer HM, Lindsay GM, Jacobs C, Taylor-Vaisey A.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Sep;38(7):507-20. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2015.06.002. Epub 2015 Jun 27.

The effectiveness of passive physical modalities for the management of soft tissue injuries and neuropathies of the wrist and hand: a systematic review by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration.
D'Angelo K, Sutton D, Côté P, Dion S, Wong JJ, Yu H, Randhawa K, Southerst D, Varatharajan S, Cox Dresser J, Brown C, Menta R, Nordin M, Shearer HM, Ameis A, Stupar M, Carroll LJ, Taylor-Vaisey A.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2015 Sep;38(7):493-506. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2015.06.006. Epub 2015 Aug 21.

Effects and effectiveness of dynamic arm supports: a technical review.
van der Heide LA, Gelderblom GJ, de Witte LP.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Jan;94(1):44-62. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000107.

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy interventions for people with benign joint hypermobility syndrome: a systematic review of clinical trials.
Smith TO, Bacon H, Jerman E, Easton V, Armon K, Poland F, Macgregor AJ.
Disabil Rehabil. 2014;36(10):797-803. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2013.819388. Epub 2013 Jul 26.

Sensorimotor interventions and assessments for the hand and wrist: a scoping review.
Valdes K, Naughton N, Algar L.
J Hand Ther. 2014 Oct-Dec;27(4):272-85; quiz 286. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2014.07.002. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

Intraexaminer reliability of hand-held dynamometry in the upper extremity: a systematic review.
Schrama PP, Stenneberg MS, Lucas C, van Trijffel E.
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Dec;95(12):2444-69. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.05.019. Epub 2014 Jun 5.

Effects of exercise on pain of musculoskeletal disorders: a systematic review.
Rodrigues EV, Gomes AR, Tanhoffer AI, Leite N.
Acta Ortop Bras. 2014;22(6):334-8. doi: 10.1590/1413-78522014220601004.

The use of joint mobilization to improve clinical outcomes in hand therapy: a systematic review of the literature.
Heiser R, O'Brien VH, Schwartz DA.
J Hand Ther. 2013 Oct-Dec;26(4):297-311; quiz 311. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2013.07.004. Epub 2013 Sep 14.

Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review.
Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, Pollard H, Tong V, Korporaal C.
J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2013 Mar-Apr;36(3):143-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.04.001. Epub 2013 May 20.

Static progressive orthoses for the upper extremity: a comprehensive literature review.
Schwartz DA.
Hand (N Y). 2012 Mar;7(1):10-7. doi: 10.1007/s11552-011-9380-2. Epub 2011 Dec 16.

Occupational therapy interventions for work-related injuries and conditions of the forearm, wrist, and hand: a systematic review.
Amini D.
Am J Occup Ther. 2011 Jan-Feb;65(1):29-36.

Exercise reduces impairment and improves activity in people after some upper limb fractures: a systematic review.
Bruder A, Taylor NF, Dodd KJ, Shields N.
J Physiother. 2011;57(2):71-82. doi: 10.1016/S1836-9553(11)70017-0.


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