Background Impingement syndrome, a common cause of shoulder pain, often leads to functional limitations. Manual thoracic therapy is frequently employed as a non-surgical intervention, but its efficacy remains debated. This review assesses the impact of manual thoracic therapy on pain reduction and functional improvement in impingement syndrome. Methods A systematic review of randomized clinical trials was conducted, focusing on studies that applied manual thoracic therapy to patients with impingement syndrome. The primary outcomes were pain reduction and functional improvement. Studies were evaluated for methodological quality using the PEDro scale, with scores ≥ 6 indicating high quality. Results Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. All studies demonstrated high methodological quality (PEDro score ≥ 6). Pain reduction was consistent across studies, with an NPRS score reduction of 0.6 to 1.5 points immediately after treatment and up to 3.2 points at follow-up. Functionality improvements were statistically significant in some studies. However, the results showed limited homogeneity, and the majority of studies did not report substantial differences between intervention and placebo groups. Conclusion This review suggests that manual thoracic therapy may lead to pain reduction in impingement syndrome, with some evidence of functional improvement. However, the variability in manual therapy techniques and the limitations in research methodologies indicate a need for further controlled studies. These findings underscore the potential of manual therapy as a supplementary treatment but also highlight the necessity for more robust clinical trials to fully ascertain its effectiveness in clinical practice.

Effectiveness of manual thoracic therapy in treating impingement syndrome: a systematic review / Roberto Tedeschi, Daniela Platano, Gianluca Melotto, Danilo Donati. - In: MANUELLE MEDIZIN. - ISSN 0025-2514. - ELETTRONICO. - 62:(2024), pp. 1-9. [10.1007/s00337-024-01040-6]

Effectiveness of manual thoracic therapy in treating impingement syndrome: a systematic review

Roberto Tedeschi
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Writing – Original Draft Preparation
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Daniela Platano;Danilo Donati
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2024

Abstract

Background Impingement syndrome, a common cause of shoulder pain, often leads to functional limitations. Manual thoracic therapy is frequently employed as a non-surgical intervention, but its efficacy remains debated. This review assesses the impact of manual thoracic therapy on pain reduction and functional improvement in impingement syndrome. Methods A systematic review of randomized clinical trials was conducted, focusing on studies that applied manual thoracic therapy to patients with impingement syndrome. The primary outcomes were pain reduction and functional improvement. Studies were evaluated for methodological quality using the PEDro scale, with scores ≥ 6 indicating high quality. Results Nine studies met the inclusion criteria. All studies demonstrated high methodological quality (PEDro score ≥ 6). Pain reduction was consistent across studies, with an NPRS score reduction of 0.6 to 1.5 points immediately after treatment and up to 3.2 points at follow-up. Functionality improvements were statistically significant in some studies. However, the results showed limited homogeneity, and the majority of studies did not report substantial differences between intervention and placebo groups. Conclusion This review suggests that manual thoracic therapy may lead to pain reduction in impingement syndrome, with some evidence of functional improvement. However, the variability in manual therapy techniques and the limitations in research methodologies indicate a need for further controlled studies. These findings underscore the potential of manual therapy as a supplementary treatment but also highlight the necessity for more robust clinical trials to fully ascertain its effectiveness in clinical practice.
2024
Effectiveness of manual thoracic therapy in treating impingement syndrome: a systematic review / Roberto Tedeschi, Daniela Platano, Gianluca Melotto, Danilo Donati. - In: MANUELLE MEDIZIN. - ISSN 0025-2514. - ELETTRONICO. - 62:(2024), pp. 1-9. [10.1007/s00337-024-01040-6]
Roberto Tedeschi, Daniela Platano, Gianluca Melotto, Danilo Donati
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