A critical appraisal of "Lack of benefit of physical therapy on function following supracondylar humeral fracture"

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2020-11

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Anderson, Marissa

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A critical appraisal has been conducted on the research study "Lack of Benefit of Physical Therapy on Function Following Supracondylar Humeral Fracture"� in response to the clinical research question "Would physical therapy interventions improve the strength recovery and prevent future limitations of pediatric patients after bone fracture?"� The study appraised evaluates return of function based in motion, not strength, and so answers only part of the clinical question. Limited research was found relating strength recovery after pediatric fracture, and no longitudinal studies analyzing reoccurrence in adulthood. This study concludes that physical therapy is not beneficial, but many weaknesses were found in the research, leaving room for future studies to prove the benefit and importance of physical therapy for these types of fractures in the pediatric population.

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