Physiotherapy for pain and disability in adults with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) types I and II

Smart, K. M., Wand, B. M., & O’Connell, N. E. (2016). Physiotherapy for pain and disability in adults with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) types I and II. Cochrane Database of Systematic ReviewsAccess full text online at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD010853.pub2/abstract.

This cochrane systematic review evaluates the effect of physiotherapy for adults with complex regional pain syndrome. 18 randomized controlled trials, encompassing 739 participants, are included in the review. Most of the studies included in the review were low quality, and further research is required to make any firm conclusions on any specific modalities. Some low quality evidence indicates that electrotherapy and manual lymphatic drainage are not effective for pain and disability in complex regional pain syndrome.

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