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, H. M., Côté, P., Wong, J. J., Yu, H., Varatharajan, S., … Taylor-Vaisey, A. L. (2016). 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. Manual Therapy, 21, 18–34.

This systematic review evaluates the effectiveness of soft-tissue therapy for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the upper and lower extremities. 6 articles are included in the review. Disorders that are evaluated in the review include: shoulder impingement syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, and plantar fasciitis. Findings indicate that: 1) myofascial release is effective for plantar heel pain and lateral epicondylitis but not for subacromial impingement syndrome, and 2) trigger point therapy provides very little benefit for plantar heel pain. However, more high quality studies are needed to make further conclusions and recommendations.

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