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Title: Beliefs and Clinical Practice for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Managed by Physiotherapists on the South Island of New Zealand
Authors: Pons, T
Shipton, E
Mulder, R
Keywords: Physiotherapy
Pain Management
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Intervention methods
Issue Date: 2017
Source: 8:42-54
Abstract: On the South Island of New Zealand, Anaesthetists and other Medical Professionals, frequently refer their patients with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) for physiotherapy management. Beliefs about what is important for the management of patients with CRPS are lacking across all medical and allied health disciplines. Difficulties are no gold standard for diagnosis and evidence for intervention methods is moderate or can be conflicting. This paper explores what Physiotherapists believe to be important in a clinical setting for their management of CRPS, as well as documenting and evaluating their interventional methods used in everyday clinical practice across the region of the South Island of New Zealand. This has not been recorded before. Eighty-one Physiotherapists replied to questions on their usual treatment interventions for the management of CRPS, their frequency of use of these treatment interventions, and what they believed to be important in the management of pain and improvement of function. The results demonstrated that CRPS is not a common condition seen regularly by Physiotherapists; that there is a high level of variation between the physiotherapy interventions used and that Physiotherapists’ beliefs regarding interventions used for pain management and functional restoration differ. Education was reported as the most frequently used intervention method. Those physiotherapists seeing CRPS patients more frequently are more likely to use evidence based intervention methods like graded motor imagery or sensory motor training.
DOI: 10.4236/ijcm.2017.81005
Journal Title: International Journal of Clinical Medicine
Type: Journal Article
Affiliates: Department of Anaesthesia, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand
Study/Trial: Case Control Studies
Appears in Collections:Scholarly and Clinical

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